Learn by doing! Challenge Mode in Hands On Labs allows students to test their knowledge and skills independently without access to instructional videos and guides.
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Unlike our Guided Mode for Hands On Labs, Challenge Mode requires students to complete the Lab without instructions or guides. Students will need to submit the lab before their work can be checked.
How to find Challenge Mode
1. Select "Labs" from the top of the Student Dashboard.
2. Select Challenge Mode on the left side of the page.
3. You'll see a purple icon indicating "Challenge Mode Available" for Labs with Challenge Mode.
Starting and Using Challenge Mode
1. Select the Lab you'd like to use in Challenge Mode from the list of available Labs with Challenge Mode.
2. Before starting, you can switch to Guided Mode or back to Challenge Mode from the dropdown on the left.
3. Once the lab is submitted, students will see a results page showing their score overall as well as their Pass/Fail status by objective.
How are Challenge Labs Scored?
Our Content team uses their technical expertise to determine how each lab is scored. Factors that impact this determination could include the number of objectives in a lab, what the objectives are, and what is defined as proficient (e.g., a passing score). Students will see a % correct on the completion page with a green/red coloring to indicate Pass/Fail status, consistent with what is done for quizzes and exams.
If you believe your score was calculated incorrectly, or that there may be an issue with the lab, you can let us know through the content rating system (up/down vote with comments) or through a support ticket.
Why are some objectives not scored?
Some objectives are not measurable. Examples might include an objective that requires the student to go to the AWS sandbox, which is merely visiting a web page, or an objective with sufficient complexity to make it difficult to impossible to measure. Additionally, some objectives may be considered prerequisites to preceding objectives, and to simplify/speed the scoring process, they aren’t measured.
Will all labs have a scoring option or Challenge Mode eventually?
ACG currently has over 1,600 published labs. It will take us some time to add the scoring capability to a majority of labs, but we’ll be doing that on an ongoing basis. Note that labs slated for retirement/replacement in the near future and possibly very high-complexity labs may never have the scoring capability added.
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