Using diagnostic tests to gauge your learner's level

A pre-built assessment is an assessment based on a past exam. Pre-built assessments come with advanced marking rules and can automatically recommend content. 

Your learner(s) will answer these questions under exam conditions; they will have a time limit and will not see the correct answers until marking is complete.

Looking for more information about NAPLAN practice/diagnostic tests? See our help guides for Literacy and Numeracy.

Step by step guide 

Navigate to the Assessments tab, and click + Assign.

Click the Assessment option.

Assessment option

1. Select classes and students

Click Select classes and students to select the relevant class and learner(s).

  • My Classes lists all classes where you are assigned as an educator. Click on All Classes to display all available classes.
  • Assessments can be assigned to several classes at the same time by ticking multiple.
  • Click + Assign to specific students to select individual learners.

Select classes and students section

2. Set dates

Choose a start and end time and date.

Set dates section

3. Select content

To select content for your children to complete, click Select content then browse to the content you want to assign. Click Confirm Selection.

Select section

Content selection screen

Not all topics and levels have diagnostic tests set up for them. You can always assign a Quiz that's based on other existing content instead! You'll have all the same features as a Diagnostic Test.

4. Recommended next steps

Recommended Tasks are not available for all Pre-Built Assessments.

Once the assessment is complete, EP automatically recommends individualised follow up activities based on learner performance within the test. 

For example: If one learner scored less than 70% in expanding equations, whereas another struggled with factorising equations, each would get different work assigned to them. 

When setting this up, you can:

  • Choose the due date for the task which is created.
  • Choose to restrict the amount of work assigned by the amount of time or number of lessons by ticking Limit the amount of work that will be assigned as remediation and choosing  __ hours of work or no more than __ lessons.

Lessons will be automatically assigned to learners. To change this, tick Manually review recommendations before assigning them. Check out our full guide on Recommended Tasks.

Note: If you choose to limit the amount of remedial work, EP will automatically assign areas (where a learner scored under the threshold) based on the order that they are laid out within the folder in the Content Library. This overrides other sections that may have lower scores.

Recommend next steps section

5. Options

In this section, you can set conditions to customise your assessment.

  • Decide how many attempts learners will get. This will default to 1, but if you allow multiple, the best attempt will determine a student's final score.
  • Choose whether to require learners to enter an Access code to start the test. This code will only be shown to educators; learners will be required to enter the code to begin the assessment. 
    • Use this tool to prevent learners from sitting the assessment until you're ready.
  • Full Screen mode is enabled by default and ensures you are notified when a learner switches to another tab or leaves the assessment. It is not a replacement for an invigilator on its own but can help with classroom management. For detailed information, see How do I monitor my assessment?

Additional Tools

Depending on the type of Content you select in Select content you will be presented with additional options.

  • Text to speech is switched on by default.
  • Let students use a calculator in this assessment allows learners to access a basic calculator on screen when completing the assessment. 
  • Spell check allows extensions like Grammarly to operate as normal as the learner completes the exam.


  • Withhold Student Results until I choose to release them allows you to stop learners from seeing their scores until you choose to release them
  • The platform will mark anything it can automatically, but Extended Response questions will need to be marked by you.

Options section

Email settings can be changed in this section. By default, all email notifications are disabled, but you can click the section to expand it and change the settings.

The email to students will be sent at the start time of the assessment, not when you create it. The email will not provide them with the access code.

Click Assign, and you're all done!

Email notifications section


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