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Awarding a Certificate when an Assessment is Passed

When creating an assessment, the teacher can assign a different score (weight) to each question: the final score is the sum of all these scores and it will be displayed to the student in the Results page. The teacher can also set the passing score, a score above which the assessment is Passed (otherwise it’s Not passed).

If the assessment is passed, the teacher can also automatically award a passing certificate. The certificate is a PDF file that will be displayed to students when they finish taking the assessment and they pass it (i.e. they get a score equal to or higher than the passing score).

PanQuiz! allows you to set up your passing certificate and choose it from several ready-to-use default templates or you can upload your own custom template. Please follow the steps below to enable the option to create and award a certificate:

  • In your question list page, click the icon in the top-right and the Assessment Settings pane will be displayed
  • Choose the Options tab
  • Select the Grading and certificate pane
  • Enable the option Award a certificate. If this option is not available, please be sure to enable Set a passing score first.

A new window is displayed and you can choose a default template or upload a custom one.

1. Choosing a default template

PanQuiz! allows you to choose from several default templates that you can use without any configuration. You can click the icon near each template to display a preview image for that template. If, instead, you want to take a look at a real PDF preview, click to choose any template and then click the PREVIEW button in the bottom right: a PDF file will be created with some fake data.

The OPTIONS tab allows you to set some options about the certificate that is going to be created: you can enter a description to be be printed on the certificate and a signature (usually your first and last name) that will be printed at the bottom of the document. You can also “freehand draw” your signature by pressing the green button.

2. Using a custom template

In addition to default templates, you can also use custom templates in .DOCX format (Microsoft Word) to create your certificates. Click the icon to select and upload your file.

2.1 Format for the custom template

As already said, PanQuiz! supports the use of custom templates in Microsoft Word .DOCX format. The template can be any document containing special “placeholders” (tags) that, when the certificate is generated, will be replaced with real values. Each placeholder must be enclosed by curly brackets, { and }. The following table lists all the placeholders that you can use in your document.

{AssessmentTitle}It’s replaced with the assessment title
{Date}It’s replaced with the current date, in the dd mmm yyyy format, for example 23 sep 2022
{Description}It’s replaced with the description, if available
{FullName}It’s replaced with the full name (first name and last name) of the student that took the assessment
{ScorePercent}It’s replace with the final score got by the student, in percent (with max 2 decimal places)
{Signature}It’s replaced with the text of the signature, if available. If you have designed a freehand signature, it’s replaced with that drawing
{SignatureText}It’s replaced with the text of the signature, if available.

2.2 Further information about fonts

Certificates created by PanQuiz! use the fonts you used in your Word document. However, sometimes recipients (for example, students) don’t have the same fonts you have, so they might see your certificate in an unfaithful way (the fonts used by you and not installed on their computers would be replaced with some standard fonts). This behavior is how PDF files work (it’s not related to PanQuiz!).

To overcome this, you can embed in your Word document all the fonts you have used. Please follow the steps below:

  • In your Word document click File and then Options
  • In the left list, select the Save section
  • Enable the option Embed fonts in the file. Be sure that Embed only the characters used in the document is not selected and leave selected Do not embed common system fonts.

For additional information you can check this link.

2.3 Editing default templates

If you don’t want to start from scratch to create your custom template, you can download the Word documents for the default templates and make your changes. Finally, you can upload your new document as a custom template.