Digital assessment with Ans

Radboud University is getting ready for the transition to the new test software Ans. From January 2024, we will move step-by-step from Cirrus to Ans.

Ans' software is web-based. This means you can use it on any device with an internet browser. So it doesn't matter whether you work at your workplace or from home. Examinations become administered under controlled conditions to ensure data security. Students therefore take digital exams on Chromeboxes in a dedicated test location (the Comenius building) and on Chromebooks in the sports halls via a dedicated test wifi network.

Ans allows you to:

  • develop and manage test questions in an item bank. 
  • compile tests using questions from the item bank.
  • administer tests to students (both as practice tests and for grades). 
  • check students' answers and give (direct) feedback on them.
  • analyse how the questions and test were made.
  • give students digital access to the test and their answers. 
  • determine test scores and cut-off scores to calculate grades. 
  • collaborate with colleagues in developing and checking questions and tests.
  • use SPSS, Word, PowerPoint and Excel for digital exams.

Advantages with Ans

The software is easy to use via the internet, no matter where you are. Ans can automatically grade and score an entire test if the exam consists only of closed question types. This saves grading time. With Ans, you can divide the grading work among several teachers and set up a reassessment if necessary. Furthermore, you can easily do a test analysis, so you can properly analyse and evaluate the test (results).

Transition guide Cirrus to Ans

Transition guide Ans.pdf

1. Question types

Virtually the same question types are available in Ans as in Cirrus. Look here for an overview of question types available in Ans for use in your test(s). The list below show all the question types for a digital test sorted by way of answers.

2. Item bank and attachement

Many terms used in the item bank in Cirrus have a different name in Ans. It also happens that the same term has a slightly different meaning in Ans.   

3. Reviewing

Reviewing in Ans is slightly different from reviewing in Cirrus. To help you through the new process, videos and support pages are available.

In Cirrus, it was necessary to publish the results after finishing the review. In Ans, this is not required; once everyone has finished grading, it is complete.

Brief explanation of reviewing Ans 

4. Points of interest

Some of the terms you are used to from Cirrus are different in Ans. Which ones they are, we have put them side by side in this diagram.

Items (in library/ question bank)ItemExercise
Workflow dashboardLibraryQuestion bank
Candidate reviewPublish button
Report Insights


If you have questions or doubts, contact your faculty's digital assessment faculty coordinator.