A Custom Assessment is used to assess knowledge of particular skills, strands, and/or standards. It can be administered frequently to measure a small number of specific skills, or it can be used broadly to measure a larger number of skills. It can also be administered as a pre- and post-test to measure learning gains. 

When creating the assessment, you can refine it by subject, grade, state standards or strand/skill. An individualized learning path (ILP) can be created for each student. 

Note: If you plan to administer the same custom assessment more than once to document student growth, you must re-assign the same test instance. See the Monitor Assessments job aid for directions on how to correctly reassign the assessment.

Create a new Custom Assessment

1) After logging in, click on the Assessment tab.

2) Click on the button for Create New Assessment.


A: Select Custom Assessment from the Test Type drop down box.

B: Choose Subject from the drop down box. Options: Language Arts or Mathematics.

C: Choose the grade or grade range by adjusting the sliders at each end.

D: Click Next.

Locate and Select Skills

4) To locate and select the specific skill(s) you want to test, you will use the Refine Search box that displays.

Refine your search by clicking the + symbol next to either State Standard, Strand or Cognitive Complexity.

Note: If you leave Cognitive Complexity boxes unchecked – the test will automatically contain both higher and lower level complexity questions.

Note: The number of test items found is listed at the top of the popup box. This is the maximum number of questions that a student can receive on the assessment.

5) Click Next

Name Test, etc...

6) Name this new assessment; this is the name the student(s) will see. 

7) Select an icon; use the arrows to scroll for more choices.

8) (Optional) Enter a description for the test; the student(s) will not see this.

9) (Optional) Click on Add Message to create a custom message for the student(s) to view before taking the assessment.

A: The custom message is limited to 255 characters.

B: Once the message is complete, click Save.

10) (Optional) Click on Add Resources to attach additional documents that may be needed to complete or administer the assessment. These are accessible by staff members only.

A: Click on the file folder icon to browse, select and upload files. The documents can be in pdf, doc, xls, jpg or png format.

B: Click on the world icon to attach a specific URL and to include a description of the URL to the list.

Note: If you have mistakenly uploaded a file or URL, clicking delete will immediately remove the link or file.

Create ILP

11) The assessment is set to automatically create an ILP for each student, as noted by the check in the Create ILP box. If you just want this assessment to only assess student knowledge, then uncheck the Create ILP box. 

By selecting “Classworks Recommends”, you want Classworks to create an ILP closely aligned with the objectives. You have the option to select a different alignment if desired.

Preview Statistics

12) In the Statistics box you can view the: 

  • Objectives covered in the test 
  • Grade level of the objectives 
  • Number of items on Form A & Form B (if multiple formats is selected) 
  • Total number of items possible on each form 


13) Mastery % per Objective: To change the mastery %, simply click in the box and type in a new mastery %. Note: We do not recommend setting the mastery % over 75%. 

Randomize: If checked, the questions within an objective and answers choices within a question will be randomized; this helps minimize cheating.

View Incorrect Answers: If checked, the students can review their answers after they complete the test.

Bookmark: If checked (recommended), the student answers will be saved if the test is not completed in one sitting.

Multiple Formats: If checked this will split the test questions in half to create a Form A and Form B of the test; this is helpful when using the assessment as a pre- and post-test.

Secure Assessment: If checked students will be required to enter an unlock code in order to access the assessment. See below for more information on the secure assessment feature.

Apply Algorithm: With a Standard Test Length, each objective has four questions. This number changes if you select multiple formats, shortest test possible or one of the cognitive complexity choices. If you check the Algorithm box in the Characteristics box, an algorithm is applied which will determine how many questions for each objective the student will get. The algorithm directly reflects the mastery percentage you set. The example below is based on each objective having four questions and the mastery set at 70%:

The student misses the first two questions - The score is 50%, and s/he is moved to the questions for the next objective.

The student misses the first question but gets the second correct - The student receives a third question for the objective

The student misses the first question, gets the second correct and the third wrong - The student receives a fourth question for the objective. 

The student misses the first question, gets the second and third correct - The student receives a fourth question for the objective.

The student gets the first three questions correct - The student is moved onto the next objective.

Note: If you de-select the Algorithm box, the student will receive all questions for each objective.

Note: If you have selected Shortest Test Length in the Characteristics box, then the algorithm does not apply since there is only one question per objective.

Select Test Length

14) Select one of the options for test length (See details below)

In Standard Length, each objective has four test items.
In Shortest Length, each objective has one test item.
If you choose custom, the number of questions varies based on your preferences. 

Save Test

15) Note: If you selected Custom Test Length, proceed to the next Section.

Click Save in the bottom right-hand corner.  


Custom Test Length: Edit Assessment

By selecting Custom Test Length, you have the ability to remove and/or add Classworks test items. Select the Edit Assessment button to access this screen. 

Note: Match the item number & objective on the preview screen (right side) with the item number & objective listed on the left side of the screen.

Left Pane

If multiple formats is selected, click on the A & B button to move items to a different form.

Uncheck an item to remove it from the test.
Check an item to add it to the test.

Current button: Click to preview only the items currently selected.

All button: Click to preview all of the items.

Min Items button: Click to select only one question per objective.

Max Items button: Click to select all questions for all objectives.

Next button: To advance to the next question, select an answer and then click the Next button.

Save button: Click to save your changes.

Assign Test

Once you have created and saved the Custom Assessment you must assign it to your student(s) or your class. More information on how to Assign an Assessment is available in the Resource Center.

Test Security

If the secure assessment option was selected, there are two places for teachers to locate the unlock code: 

  • From the Classes Tab > Assessment Sub Tab: Expand the appropriate test type by clicking the + symbol next to custom. In the parenthesis next to assessment name the unlock code is listed. 
  • By clicking on the assessment name, the Assessment Details window pops up. The unlock code can found under the icon toolbar. 

Note: If the unlock code has been compromised teachers can click on the regenerate hyperlink and a new unlock code will be displayed immediately. The previous unlock code will no longer work. 

Once you are ready for the students to take the secure assessment they will be required to enter the access code in order to start the test. The unlock code is not case sensitive.

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