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Adding special access to a quiz

You can easily create special access to a quiz for one or more students, like a longer time limit or a different start and/or end date than the rest of the class or granting access to a quiz for only some specific students

  • What is required: A D2L Brightspace course and a quiz

Special Access

You have 3 different options to grant special access to students. Option 1 is the default and most commonly used to provide students with special access to the quiz with longer time limit or different date access than the rest of the class.

Video tutorial:
Option 1: Allow some students to have special access

Use this option to provide some students special quiz accommodations and still allow the rest of the class to access the quiz normally

  1. Click on Quizzes from the course navbar
  2. Find the quiz you want to provide special access to, click the quiz action menu and select Edit
  3. Click on the Restrictions tab
  4. Scroll to the Special Access heading, choose Allow selected users special access to this quiz (default)
  5. Click the Add Users to Special Access button
  6. Make any date and/or time adjustments for special access
    • To allow individual students earlier access to the quiz, select “Has Start Date.” Then, change the start date
    • To allow individual students later access to the Quiz, select “Has Due Date” or “Has End Date.” Then, change the due date or end date
      Note: When you add start and end dates, students can see the quiz, but they cannot take it outside that date range. When you add a due date, it serves as a reference only; students can still take the quiz after the due date.
    • To allow individual students more time to take a quiz, check the box next to “Recommend time limit” or “Enforced time limit,” and enter a number in the “minute(s)” field
      Note: Depending upon your choice, you will be given different timing options

      • Recommended Time Limit: The student sees a countdown clock, but the time is not enforced
      • Enforced Time Limit: The student has a set amount of time to take the quiz
    • To allow individual students a different number of attempts in the quiz, check the box next to “Override attempts allow” and choose a number from the drop-down menu below.  Then select Apply
  7. Check the box for the student(s) you wish to grant special access
  8. Click the Add Special Access button
  9. When you are returned to the restrictions tab you will see the restrictions listed under Special Access
    • Click on the Edit (pencil) icon next to the student’s name to make changes
    • Click on the Delete (X) icon next to the student’s name to delete the special access for that student
  10. Repeat the process to make other accommodations if needed
  11. Click the Save and Close button
Option 2: Allow only some specific students to access a quiz

Use this option if you want only some students to see and access a quiz and block the rest of the class

  1. Click on Quizzes from the course navbar
  2. Find the quiz you want to provide special access to, click the quiz action menu and select Edit
  3. Click on the Restrictions tab
  4. Scroll to the Special Access heading, choose Allow only users with special access to see this quiz
  5. Click the Add Users to Special Access button
  6. Make any date and/or time adjustments for special access
    • To allow individual students earlier access to the quiz, select “Has Start Date.” Then, change the start date
    • To allow individual students later access to the Quiz, select “Has Due Date” or “Has End Date.” Then, change the due date or end date
      Note: When you add start and end dates, students can see the quiz, but they cannot take it outside that date range. When you add a due date, it serves as a reference only; students can still take the quiz after the due date.
    • To allow individual students more time to take a quiz, check the box next to “Recommend time limit” or “Enforced time limit,” and enter a number in the “minute(s)” field
      Note: Depending upon your choice, you will be given different timing options

      • Recommended Time Limit: The student sees a countdown clock, but the time is not enforced
      • Enforced Time Limit: The student has a set amount of time to take the quiz
    • To allow individual students a different number of attempts in the quiz, check the box next to “Override attempts allow” and choose a number from the drop-down menu below.  Then select Apply
  7. Check the box for the student(s) you wish to grant special access
  8. Click the Add Special Access button
  9. When you are returned to the restrictions tab you will see the restrictions listed under Special Access
    • Click on the Edit (pencil) icon next to the student’s name to make changes
    • Click on the Delete (X) icon next to the student’s name to delete the special access for that student
  10. Repeat the process to make other accommodations if needed
  11. Click the Save and Close button
Option 3: Set release conditions on a quiz

With this setting, students must meet specific requirements before they can see and access a quiz