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Understanding the difference: Quiz, Survey, and Self-Assessment

Brightspace offers three very similar tools for assessment: Quizzes, Surveys, and Self-Assessment. This guide explains the difference between the three, so you can choose the best option for your objective.

  • A Quiz provides students with a score. Quizzes can be linked to the gradebook to affect the final grade, but are not required to be. This tool is commonly used for summative assessment (i.e. quizzes, tests, exams).
  • Surveys are not graded or scored, but do provide results to the instructor. Survey results can be viewed and downloaded as needed. Surveys can be anonymous.
  • A Self-assessment is solely for the purpose of the student to assess their understanding of the content. Instructors cannot view the results of a self-assessment, but they are able to see who has taken the self-assessment.

See the chart below for more information regarding these tools, and some useful case studies.


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Created Fall 2021

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Note: This chart describes features and use cases for the three tools: quizzes, surveys, and self-assessments. From D2L. (2018, March 24). Deciding Between Using Quizzes, Surveys, or Self-Assessments. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from