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Adaptive mode

(Last edited: Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 6:42 AM)

What is adaptive mode?

Adaptive mode is a setting that determines how a question behaves in a quiz activity. (The quiz activity type is used for a variety of assessments which may be labelled assignments, assessments, submissions, tutorials, tests and exams. You know its a quiz if the link to it on the course page has an icon like this: Quiz icon.)

If a quiz uses adaptive mode, then students can receive feedback immediately after attempting each question within a single quiz attempt. Moreover, students can attempt each question more than once before moving on from it (or later, before finishing the quiz.) This is beneficial because you can get the answer right in your mind before continuing, regardless of the mark you achieved.

You can easily tell if a quiz uses adaptive mode by looking for a "Check" button beneath each question. After selecting what you think is the right answer, click "Check" to check if you are correct. If you were wrong, try again.

typical MCQ

Adaptive mode does not use negative marking. Instead (generally) it reduces the maximum mark that can be achieved in each successive question attempt until finally it is zero. Thus, in a multiple-choice question with four choices, a student would typically merit:

  • 100% of the question value if they got it right first time;
  • 66.7% of the question value if they got it right second time;
  • 33.3% of the question value if they got it right third time;
  • 0 if they got it right fourth time.

So, if the question is worth 1 mark, the four scenarios above would achieve 1 mark, 2/3 mark, 1/3 mark, and 0 marks respectively. However, if there are only two choices (as in the case of True/False or Yes/No questions, among others), a student who does not get it right on his first attempt gets zero for that question because there is only one other choice, so the right answer is obvious after the first attempt.

Adaptive mode is usually used for formative assessments. In other words, for activities in which participation is intended to improve learning. Adaptive mode is typically not used for exams, since exams (summative assessments) are not designed as learning activities.


Are there libraries available for student use?

(Last edited: Monday, 28 October 2019, 10:31 AM)

SATS has a growing library and you are welcome to visit the Seminary to browse through the books.  We do not lend out books.  You may search the catalogue using the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) here:   In addition to our traditional library, SATS also subscribes to a number of online digital journals and Ebooks, available here,  which are made available to all our students.  If you have a problem in accessing the journal platforms, please contact Tawanda (


Assignment submission instructions

(Last edited: Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 10:18 AM)

Step 1: Click "Add Submission"

Step 2: Upload your document

If this is the first assignment you have ever submitted with SATS, you will be required to accept the Turnitin "End User License Agreement" (EULA) in order to proceed.

NB. Supported document formats are limited to those specified on Turnitin's submission guide.  Do NOT submit .pages files or zip archives!

Step 3: Click "Save Changes"

Your document has been uploaded.  Note, however that the status will indicate as "Draft (not submitted)". This means you can view the originality report and similarity index, as well as make changes to your submission.*

Step 4: Click "Submit Assignment"

Once you submit your assignment your tutor will be notified that you have made a submission and you will no longer be permitted to make changes.  Note that you may be required to accept a submission declaration as part of this step, stating that your assignment is free from plagiarism and that you did not have assistance in completing the assignment.

*Note that the similarity index for your assignment may take up to ten minutes to generate. If you require further assistance, please consult this FAQ on submitting assignments, which includes step-by-step instructions and a screencast.

After your paper has been marked do not forget to VIEW THE FEEDBACK.  If you are unsure of how to do this, please review this guide.