Setting up Multi-format Exams


Learn how to set up timed exams and tests in Cadmus

Once you have created a Cadmus assessment link, you can configure your exam settings and edit your instructions. To be taken to the Requirements page, click Set requirements, grading options and settings. From here, you can set up the timings and format of your exam, specify any requirements for students, and configure your marking tool. You’ll also be able to see how these exam details will be displayed to students as they work in the Student Environment

From the Requirements page, select Exam as your Assessment type.

From the Requirements page, select Exam as your Assessment type.

If you're running a timed task, learn how to set up exams and tests instead.

You can then set your requirements for the following categories of exam settings:

Exam type

Specify what sort of exam or test you are setting up to assist with reporting and analytics. Your assessment settings will not be impacted by the exam type you select.

Exam timing

There are two timing options for exams in Cadmus:

Live exam

If your students are sitting the exam at the same time, we recommend selecting Together at the same time. You will then need to specify the Exam start date and time.


Window exam

Selecting At their preferred time within a set window allows you to set an exam that is open for a window of time (e.g. 24 hours). Students can choose when to start within this window and will have a set amount of time to complete the exam (e.g. 2 hours). Specify an Exam open and Exam close date and time for exams of this format.


Reading time

If Reading time is On, you can allocate time at the start of an exam for students to read through their instructions without being able to type in Cadmus. Simply specify the number of minutes of reading time.

Writing time

Specify the number of minutes students are allowed to write in the exam.


Auto submission

If Auto submission is on, students' work will be automatically submitted at the end of their allocated writing time.

NOTE: Students must be connected to the internet for auto submission to work. If they are offline at this time, their work will be auto submitted as soon as they are back online.

If Auto submission is off, you can specify a period of time to accept late submissions. Students will be prompted to submit at the end of their allocated writing time, but can choose to continue working and submit late. Once the late submission time allowance has passed, students cannot continue working and will be prompted to submit again.

TIP! If your exam has a grace period or allowance for technology issues, you can set this up by turning auto submission off and specifying a late allowance. This way, students who have issues can still submit late.


PDF copy of student submissions

Students receive an email confirming they have submitted successfully by default. If PDF student submissions is on, students will receive a PDF copy of their submission attached to the submission confirmation email.



Marking Tool

As a Canvas user, you have the option to mark Cadmus assessments in Turnitin Feedback Studio or Canvas SpeedGrader. It's important to select your preferred marking tool before releasing your assessment.

Note:  Once a submission has been made in an assessment, you'll no longer be able to change marking tools.

Total Points

Total Points is available when using Turnitin Feedback Studio for marking.

Total Points displays the cumulative point total of all questions as a read-only field. This ensures clarity on the total possible score students can achieve.



Turn Weighting on to let students know how much the assignment is worth (as a %).

This doesn’t affect how grades are returned to the marking tool— it will only be seen by students in their exam instructions.


Anonymous Marking

Anonymous marking allows student names to be hidden from submissions during marking. Once a submission has been made in an assessment, you'll no longer be able to change this setting.

To turn on anonymous marking

  1. Select Hide student names in the class list.
  2. If you’re using SpeedGrader as your marking tool, turn anonymous marking on in SpeedGrader as well.

Feedback return

Grades will be returned to Canvas grade book via Cadmus for all exams. If you would like students to access written feedback for their exam via Cadmus, you can turn Feedback return on and set a Feedback return date. After this date, students will see their grades in Cadmus, and can click through to view more detailed feedback in your chosen marking tool. 

Once you've finalised your exam requirements and settings, you click Confirm changes, review your instructions and release your exam.