Once you have named the assessment and chosen your start and end dates and times, it’s time to determine the remaining parameters for the assessment. If you haven't read the intro to Extempore Assessments start here.

NOTE: the assessment parameters will apply to every question within the assessment.

Step 1: determine HOW SHOULD YOUR STUDENTS RESPOND, whether the students’ responses for each question within the assessment will be video or audio.

  • If you choose VIDEO RESPONSE, all student responses will be an audio/video recording. This option allows you to confirm the speaker and/or view group assignments such as discussions, cooking shows, skits, etc.

  • If you choose AUDIO RESPONSE, all student responses will be audio only. This feature is preferable when you are familiar with the students’ voices and don’t need a visual confirmation to identify the respondent.

  • If you choose TEXT RESPONSE, all student responses will be written only. This feature is great as a complement to spoken responses, or for listening/transcription exercises.

  • You can also choose MULTIPLE CHOICE responses. These questions can be used in any assessment, regardless of which type of response is required for the assessment.

Assessment types

Step 2: Now, click on Show all Parameters to expose more options.


Step 3: Select if you want to control when your students see your feedback. If you leave this box checked, your feedback will be visible to students as soon as you submit it. If you uncheck it, the feedback won’t be visible until you publish your grades.

Publish Grades Option


OPTION 1: Extempore always allows instructors to give text and/or audio feedback on every response, regardless of whether there is a numeric grade or not. If this is all you need, simply leave the box unchecked.

OPTION 2: Extempore also allows teachers to create numeric rubrics in order to provide numeric scores. This is in addition to text and audio feedback. If you would like to use a rubric, click Yes on I Will Supply a Numeric Score. That will open the rubric screen.

numeric score

• Click here to learn how to create and use Saved Rubrics.

• When you choose to provide a numeric score, you may enter 1-5 criteria for assessing student responses.

• The rubric will apply to each question within the assessment, and point values will be distributed equally.

• Each factor on an Extempore rubric is worth 0-10 points. Thus if you choose to grade on three factors, each QUESTION within the assessment will be worth up to 30 points. If you have two questions in your assessment, or example, the total assessment will be worth 60 points.

• When ready, simply type the name of each criterion into the boxes.


Step 5: Next, determine the time your students will have to see, hear, and/or view the prompt. Remember that the Time to Review should be at least as long as the prompts. Enter the time under Limit Time to Review. When the time to review is up, students will automatically be moved on to the response screen.


Step 6: Next, decide the maximum length of student responses and enter it under Limit Time to Respond. When the Time to Respond expires, students’ responses will automatically be uploaded into Extempore.


NOTE: Time to Review and Time to Respond parameters can be overridden for individual questions.

7. Finally, decide whether your students may RE-RECORD their responses.

• Choosing RE-RECORD allows students to re-record their responses as many times as they like. Instructors will only receive the final, uploaded response.

• Not choosing RE-RECORD allows the students only one chance to record their response, thereby increasing assessment security.


When you have finished selecting your assessment parameters, choose the Next button at the bottom of the screen. You may now begin to add questions to the assessment.


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