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Learn about assessment design by viewing diagrams of the various parts of an assessment, or by reading the glossary.

Diagram of PADI object model


Browse the PADI library of assessment design examples.

The library includes many design patterns to help guide designers, as well as several complete assessments designs for Globe, BioKIDs, NAEP Mystery Box, and others.


Create a new assessment template by completing an interview (a wizard) appropriate to your goal.

list of wizards

The inteview will ask you questions and, based on the information you provide, decide the best match among existing assessment templates, which you can then duplicate and customize further.

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