Classes: Solution to Student's Quiz Attempt Stuck In Progress


Occasionally, you will see that while everyone else in your class has submitted their quiz, one student’s attempt is still marked as “In Progress”, preventing you from seeing and grading their answers. To resolve this issue, follow the steps below.

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Plan A: Having the Student Submit Their Quiz

  1. On the blue course navigation bar, click on Activities > Quizzes.
  2. Find the desired quiz from the list, click the chevron to its right, and select Edit from the drop-down menu.
    • Note: You can also click on the name of the test itself to be taken to the Edit screen.
  3. On the Edit Quiz screen, click the Availability Dates & Conditions tab.
  4. Click Manage Special Acesss in blue
  5. Click the grey Add Users to Special Access button.
  6. On the Add Special Access screen, in the Properties section, set the Has End Date to be in the future, giving the student enough time to go back in and click Submit.
  7. In the Timing section, choose to set an Enforced Time Limit (Section B)
  8. Enter a number of minutes less than the number of minutes that have elapsed since the student began their exam [e.g. if the student started taking their test 3 hours, or 180 minutes ago, you can choose a time limit of 120 minutes (Section C)]. If your test already has an Enforced Time Limit, you may simply leave it as is.
  9. Underneath the Grace Period, in the Exceeded Time Limit Behavior section, make sure that the middle option, Prevent the student from making further changes is selected (Section D).
  10. In the Users section, click the checkbox of the appropriate student (Section E), and then click the blue Add Special Access button at the bottom  (Section F) to save your changes.
  11. The student should now be able to go in and submit their exam, but will be unable to alter their test or answers in any other way.

Note: On the student end, it will seem as though they can change their answers and save these changes; this is an illusion. Their original answers have already been recorded and the grade will be based only on the student’s actions before the timer expired.

Plan B: Submitting the Exam on the Student’s Behalf

If technical or other issues are preventing the student from submitting their own exam, as a last resort it is possible for you to submit the exam on their behalf. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. On the blue course navigation bar, click on Activities > Quizzes.
  2. Find the desired quiz from the list, click the chevron to its right, and select Grade from the drop-down menu.
  3. You will be taken to a list of users in the course; you likely will not see the student’s name here. Click (in blue)
    Show Search Options (Section G).
  4. In the expanded search, change the Restrict to field to Users with attempts in progress (Section H) and click on the magnifying glass icon (Section I) to perform the search.
  5. The student should now appear. Click the two silhouettes icon (Section J) to enter the quiz as the student and click Submit for them.


Article ID: 4970
Fri 4/8/22 1:02 PM
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