Adding a test student to your Canvas course

Instructors may use the Canvas Request System, in combination with a Cirrus identity account, to add a test student to their Canvas course sites.  Though the integrated Student View in Canvas allows instructors to test many aspects of their course, test students allow for testing with the integrated external tools available such as VoiceThread or Turnitin. 


  1. Create a Cirrus identity account
  2. Associate your Cirrus account with your normal Canvas login using the Canvas Request System (CRS)
  3. Wait approximately 48 hours for the information to move through the system
  4. Enroll the Cirrus identity account into your Canvas course with student access using the Canvas Request System

Creating a Cirrus identity account

Please follow the instructions on this page to create, activate and verify your Cirrus account.

Associate your Cirrus identity account

  1. Go to the Canvas Request System and login with your username and password.
  2. Select Test Student Accounts from the main navigation menu.
  3. Then, select Associate your Cirrus account (See, Fig. 1).
    CRS navigation menu showing test student accounts and associate your cirrus account
    Figure 1: CRS navigation menu
  4. Enter your Cirrus account email address and then check your email for the verification email (See, Fig. 2).
    Note: You may only have one test student account associated with your Canvas account.
    Note: If you don't see the email please check your junk
    text box for entering your Cirrus email address
    Figure 2: Entering your Cirrus account email address
  5. Select Click here to verify your email address (See, Fig. 3).
    email verification email showing the Click here link to verify your email address
    Figure 3: Email verification email
  6. Remember to wait about 48 hours for this new account to be recognized by the CRS.
  7. Login to the Canvas request system with your username and password.
  8. View the confirmation message (See, Fig. 4).
    account verification confirmation message
    Figure 4:  Account verification message
  9. Select Test Student Accounts from the main navigation menu.
  10. Then, select Enroll Test Student (See, Fig. 1).
  11. Select the term that your course is in (ex. FS2022).
  12. Select Enroll Test Student next to the course in which you want to enroll the test student (See, Fig. 5).enroll test student button
    Figure 5: Enroll test student button
  13. View your summary of changes and select Submit to finalize (See, Fig. 6).
    listing of the summary of changes and a green submit button
    Figure 6: Submitting your changes
  14. View your confirmation (See, Fig. 7). The CRS will process the request within 24 hours.
    Request confirmation
    Figure 7: CRS request confirmation message

Modified on: Fri, Jan 5, 2024 at 2:06 PM

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