How to use passwords to let students access and take tests

In this article, you'll learn how to use the password option on tests to restrict test access to students.

  • Before starting the test, students must enter the correct password. Without the password, they simply can't start the test.
  • If a student must be proctored, the password will be sent to the proctor when the test is available. The proctor can then provide it to the student or enter it himself.
  • Among other situations, test passwords can help you administrate tests taken in a particular location. For example, you could announce the password at the beginning of the class—any student not present will need to make other arrangements to take the test.



When adding a new test assignment, you can add a password restriction.

  1. Follow the instructions for setting up a test assignment.
  2. Under Restrictions, check next to Require password.
  3. Enter the password.
  4. When you're done, click Save.

To view or change the test password:

  1. Go to the test's Design view.
  2. In the Information column on the right, click Password.
  3. In the dialog, you can copy the password to send to your students or change it.
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    Liisa Kelly

    How can I edit a test password?


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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Liisa Kelly: If you go to the test's Design view, you'll see a "Password" field in the Information column on the right. Click that to edit the password.

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