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Formative assessments, such as lecture-related training scenarios, differ significantly from summative assessments, such as tests and interim tests, in their display of feedback and assessment information to the test participant. To adapt the test procedure to the respective application scenario, the ONYX Testsuite provides different configuration options for the test implementation.

The set parameters are defined by the tutor prior to the test run. When using the ONYX Testsuite within the learning platform OLAT Campus, the configuration is performed via the settings in the course editor of the course elements test or self-test.

In the ONYX Editor, it is also possible to adapt the test and question preview to the desired scenario by means of the preview configuration.

Technical system note

In the event that the ONYX Testsuite is used via other platforms, the configuration can also be offered in the platform to be embedded. The configuration will then be transmitted to the ONYX Player in the form of an interface parameter.

Configuration Parameters

Display navigation tree


By default, the navigation tree is displayed in the left pane when performing a test. Participants have thus the possibility to see the total number of questions included in the test and how far they have already proceeded. Moreover, they can learn from the navigation tree which questions they have not yet opened (no marking), which questions they have already opened but for which they have not yet entered a valid answer (red marking), and which questions they have already answered (green marking).  

In the case of a non-linear navigation, participants can directly jump to selected questions using the navigation tree.  

Particularly in the case of dynamic tests with a linear navigation, it might be desirable that the navigation tree will not be visible. As a result, participants cannot see the total number of questions included in the test right from the beginning.

Show question titles


The author specifies a title for each question. By default, this title will also be displayed during the test procedure. 

If the display of the question titles is disabled, all questions included in the test will be numbered consecutively.

The deactivation is especially recommended in the case of tests with a random question arrangement and selection. By hiding the question title, all questions will be numbered consecutively.

After submitting the question: Show question feedback


If there is feedback stored for a question, it will be shown to the participant after the submission of the question.  

In test scenarios, the feedback display can be deactivated. Participants will thus receive no feedback after the submission of their answers.  

If both the feedback and assessment display are disabled at question level, the button "Submit answer" will be hidden as well. The answers of the participants are stored at any time and can be changed at the participants' discretion (in the case of a non-linear navigation) throughout the entire duration of the test. Upon submission of the test, the answers will be assessed.

After submitting the question: Show question assessment

  • Points achieved
  • Points achieved and right/wrong
  • Points achieved, right/wrong, and solutions

Depending on the application scenario, it is possible to make various assessment information accessible to the participants right after the submission of their answers and before the whole test is completed.

The assessment display can be completely disabled. In this case, the maximum score and the points achieved for the question will not be displayed. Similarly, there will also be no right/wrong display (red/green marking) and no indication of the solution.

Individual assessment information can be activated bit by bit.

Please note that, in the case of some question forms, the right/wrong marking might also give a lead to the correct solution.

If participants are allowed multiple attempts, simple feedback or assessment information should be displayed to them. Showing the correct solution only makes sense for multiple question attempts if the question is parameterised and new question parameters will be displayed to the user for each of their attempts.

Layout adjustments via stylesheet files (CSS) can be used to suppress the display of the right/wrong markings (red tick, red cross), while the marking of entirely or partially correct solutions (green tick/yellow tick) will still be carried out. For more information, see Create questions>Set options.

After submitting the test: Show test feedback


In addition to the question feedback, it is also possible to give direct feedback to the participant at test level.  

If the option "display test feedback" is activated, the test feedback will be displayed to the participant in an overlay window after the submission of the test.

After submitting the test: Show test assessment


Different assessment data can be determined for tests. In addition to the total number of points, the author can define a passed level.  Moreover, it is possible to assess the points achieved per test section.

If the option "display test assessment" is activated, the determined result values will be shown to the participant.

Please note that in the case of questions which need to be manually assessed, the result data will not be fully available right after submitting the test. On the assessment page, a corresponding note will be displayed to the participant.

Allow for interruptions

If the option "suspend" is activated, the testing process can be interrupted by the participants and continued at a later point in time.


Further test control settings can be configured in the embedding system. In OLAT Campus, for example, it is possible to define the maximum number of test attempts as well as test-specific workflows for the test procedure.

To enable tutors or also participants to view the test results, the ONYX Reporter provides various assessment views. A manual reassessment of the participants' results is also possible.

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