SIMnet Exam Prefs

How to set preferences for an Exam

Whether you create a new exam or edit an existing exam, you have the option to set several preferences for the assignment from the Exam Preferences tab. Once an exam is created, the default exam preferences for your account are applied automatically. To change the preferences, click the blue Edit button.

Exam Properties

Set the following preferences in the Exam Properties section on the Exam Preferences tab.

Exam Properties section

Time Limit

Set the maximum amount of time a student has to take the exam in the Time Limit box.

Unlimited Time

Select the Unlimited Time check box to allow the student an unlimited amount of time to complete the exam.

Hide Timer

Select the Hide Timer check box to hide the exam time from the student while taking the exam.

🔢 Exam Attempts Allowed

Enter the number of Exam Attempts Allowed, up to 99. The student will see the maximum number of attempts allowed for the exam in the Student Portal.

💾 Allow to Pause Exam

Select the Allow to Pause Exam check box to let the student pause the exam, exit, and continue at a later date. Exam results are always saved in real-time regardless of this setting.

Random Question Order

To display questions in random order, click the Random Question Order check box. If selected, the list of exam questions will appear in a different order for each student.

🔁 Random Question Limit

To display a random subset of questions, click the Random Question Limit check box and enter a number in the Limit box. When you enable random question limit, the limit is automatically set to the maximum number of questions in your exam. When enabled, it will set all custom question weights to 1.

🙋♀ Filter By Difficulty

Select the Filter By Difficulty check box to filter questions based on their difficulty level.

🔢 Question Attempts (Simulation Only)

Enter the Question Attempts Allowed, up to 99. This is the total number of attempts the student can make to answer a question, not the number of retries. Objective based questions only allow 1 attempt regardless of Question Attempts Allowed preference.

Correct Retake Allowed

If you have more than one question attempt allowed, and you want students to have the ability to re-answer questions they have already answered correctly, click the Correct Retake Allowed check box.

📋 Display Feedback

To display correct and incorrect feedback to students during the exam, click the Display Feedback check box.

Advance on Incorrect

If you want the exam to move to the next question even when the user answers incorrectly, click the Advance on Incorrect check box. This option is only available if Display Feedback is enabled.

Display Hints

To display hints after incorrect answers, click the Display Hints check box. This option is only available if Display Feedback is enabled.

Exam Results

Set the following preferences in the Exam Results section on the Exam Preferences tab.

Exam Results section

🧾 Detailed Feedback

Click the Detailed Feedback check box to include the question list on the results page showing students which questions were answered correctly and incorrectly.

📑 Display Submitted Answer

Click the Display Submitted Answer check box to show students the steps they took to answer the question. This applies to both correctly and incorrectly answered questions.

👩🎓 Show Study Guide

Click the Show Study Guide check box to display page references from the textbook selected in the Textbook list. The list of textbooks available is controlled by your account Administrator.

🖨 Enable Printing

Click the Enable Printing check box to allow students to print the Exam Results page.

Enable Create Custom Lesson

Click the Enable Create Custom Lesson check box to let the student create their own custom lesson.

Instructor References

Set the following preferences in the Instructor References section on the Exam Preferences tab.

Instructor References section

📖 Objective Reference (SLO)

The Objective Reference (SLO) option identifies which SLO is associated with questions. Select a textbook series from the drop-down list to view the SLOs

Finish Setting Preferences

💾 Save

Click the Save button to save the preferences for the exam.


Click Cancel at any time and any changes to the preferences will not be saved.

🗃 Make Default

If you modify any preferences and want to save them, click the Make Default button. Next time you create a new exam, these will be your default preferences.