How do I view a subject as a test student using Student View?

This lesson applies to users at institutions that have enabled the Canvas for Elementary user interface.

You can view a subject the same way that your students do through Student View. Enabling Student View creates a Test Student in your course. You can also activate Student View in your subject Settings.

Use Student View to view the course, post and reply to discussions, submit assignments, view grades, pages, quizzes, the schedule, and resources.

You can reset Test Student data at any time; however, Test Student activity that involves interactions with other students cannot be removed, such as discussion replies. Test Student data that involves interactions with other students are retained even if the test student is removed from enrollments.

Attendance, Conferences, Collaborations, differentiated assignments, external apps, groups, Inbox peer reviews, and profiles do not work for the Test Student. You will see only what you, as the instructor, allow your students to see.


  • Each Canvas subject has a separate Test Student account. Whenever you move to a new subject you will need to enable Student View for that subject.
  • Submissions and scores for the Test Student do not affect course analytics.
  • You can only view the subject layout as it is seen by your students. You cannot view student-specific information, such as conversations between students.
  • Student View should not be used to test MasteryPaths in the beta or test environment.
  • Once you activate Student View, the Test Student is shown at the end of the Gradebook and SpeedGrader and is automatically added to every section in your course. If you want to remove the test student completely, you must remove the test student from your section enrollments.
  • New Quizzes assessments should be previewed in New Quizzes and not taken as the test student. Test Student attempts cannot be reset and will affect analysis reports.

Open Student View

To view a subject as a test student, click the Student View button.

View Subject

You can now view the subject as a student user would see it.

You will know if you are in Student View because of the persistent box on the bottom of the screen indicating you are logged into Student View.

Reset Student

You can also reset the Test Student by clicking Reset Student. This action will clear all activity that does not include any student interaction.

For example, if you created an assignment and submitted it as the Test Student but forgot to add a certain submission type, you can click the Reset Student button and submit the assignment again as the Test Student.

Leave Student View

To return to your subject in the instructor view, click the Leave Student View button.