Sometimes you may want to delete one or more of your student's responses in a formative to allow them to retake, instead of editing their responses. (If you'd rather allow them to edit and then resubmit, find out how to do that here!).

To remove student's responses from a formative, make sure you are in "Totals" view in View Responses. From here, you can choose to remove all the responses of one student in bulk, or to remove individual responses.


To remove all the responses of one student in bulk

  1. Click on the student's name, or on the total score/percentage displayed next to their name. This will bring up a side panel containing all of their responses to that formative

  2. You can then click on the triple dots next to their score, select the option to remove responses, and proceed to confirm your selection

  3. This will remove all the student's responses to this formative from both View Responses and the Tracker (you may need to refresh the page)

  4. Any feedback messages left for this student will also be deleted

    *Note: this cannot be undone!

To delete individual responses

  1. Click on a student's response to a specific question. This will open the individual response on the right-side panel

  2. You can then click on the triple dots within the panel, click on "Clear Response" and proceed to confirm your selection

  3. This will remove all the student's responses to this formative from both View Responses and the Tracker (you may need to refresh the page)

    *Note: this cannot be undone!

I removed student responses, what happens now?

As long as the formative is still open, and the after submission settings allow for edits, the student can log back in and retake the formative from scratch. When they do this, their new responses will be recorded in View Responses and the Tracker.

Note: Removing the responses of Guest Students will cause the Guest Student to be removed from the assignment completely. We do not encourage the use of guest students on a regular basis for students. If students already have an account here in Formative, please have them sign in using their appropriate login credentials.

What's Next?

Learn how to use Group Scoring/Feedback or Learn how to export results to Excel or Google Sheets!

Other ways to enable re-takes and re-dos

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