Test authoring features

Components to enhance test creation

Created by Mustafa Ekim

Test with multiple sections

A test can comprise of one or multiple sections. A section in a test is where all the pages containing your test questions are housed.
  • Each section in the test can be given a name, and the test report will display the scores for each named section.
    • You can arrange the order of the sections.
      • You can add multiple pages into each section.

        Randomizing the order of sections and pages

        Shuffling of sections and pages allows you to randomly change the order of different sections and pages within a test. This can help to ensure that each participant receives a unique test experience, which can help to reduce cheating and improve test security.

        Time limits on multiple levels of the test

        You can establish time restrictions on the test as a whole, on its sections, or on individual pages.
        • You can set different time limits for the test itself, sections, and pages. When the time is over the effected region forcibly makes the test-taker proceed.
          • The countdown timers that display the remaining time for the test, section, or page the test-taker is currently on can be found in the upper-right corner of the test page.

            Test navigation customization

            You can customize the navigation options for your exam to control the flow of the test. Test-takers can be allowed to move freely between questions, only backtrack, or be restricted from moving backward or forward. The navigation can be tailored for the entire test or individual sections, and the system will notify the test-taker of any restrictions.

            Question ordering and shuffling

            You can customize the order of your questions or randomize them as per your preference. By shuffling, you can randomize the order of the questions, but also have the ability to fix the position of certain questions while allowing others to be randomized.

            Each test taker receives questions a different order as shuffling is performed on a per-test basis.

            Auto numbering of test questions

            Each question can be automatically numbered for every test-taker, with the corresponding number displayed alongside the question for the test-taker to easily reference.

            Auto numbering can be applied to both the entire test and individual test sections.

            • Auto numbering on a test basis means that all questions in the test will be numbered sequentially for each test-taker, starting from 1 and increasing by 1 for each subsequent question.
              • Auto-numbering on section basis will restart the numbering of questions in each section, starting from 1 and incrementing until the last question of that section is reached. This will apply to all sections within the test.

                Mandatory questions

                You can mark some or all of the questions inside the test as mandatory. You have the option to configure when the test-taker should be forced to provide a response for each mandatory question.

                Randomizing questions

                Testinvite offers various ways to randomize questions ranging from question order randomizing to creating custom question pools and only selecting the specified amount from it to create varied tests.

                With the option to create question pools, you can randomly select a specified number of questions from the pool for each test-taker. This allows for the creation of varied tests for each individual or to completely randomize the order of questions, making cheating more difficult.

                Customizable question weight

                The weight of each question can be adjusted based on your preferences. This feature provides flexibility in scoring, allowing you to assign a higher weight to harder or longer questions.

                The feature allows you to assign a weight to each question based on its difficulty level or length. This gives you the flexibility to allocate more points to questions that are more challenging or take longer to answer, and less points to questions that are relatively easier or shorter. This ensures that the test is more accurately and fairly scored, reflecting the true abilities of the test-taker.

                Creating tests that effectively measure specific objectives

                Track test-takers' performance in specific subjects by using dimensions. Assign dimensions such as ''Math'', ''Science'', etc. to categorize the questions and allocate points to the test-taker's score according to their answers in that specific subject. This allows you to measure the test-taker's proficiency in each subject. You can further diversify the results by creating sub-categories.

                A dimension of a test is an independent evaluation aspect that allows test-takers to be evaluated in a structured way according to their strengths and weaknesses in various subject areas. Dimensions can be organized in a hierarchical tree structure, with each level representing a more specific aspect of the subject being evaluated. Test questions can be assigned to one or more dimensions, and the resulting scores for each dimension can be used to gain insights into a test-taker's overall performance.

                Excluding questions from scoring

                Unscored questions can be marked to not affect the test score. During the test, test-takers are unable to distinguish between scored and unscored questions.

                "Answer any N questions" testing (Elective questions)

                The system can dynamically mark some test questions as ineffective for scoring, allowing the test-taker to choose to answer only a specific number of questions within the test.

                Imagine you have created a test with five questions, but you only require the test-taker to answer any two of them. In this scenario, automatic question marking comes into play.

                Including multimedia within your tests

                Testinvite allows you to enhance the presentation of your tests by incorporating multimedia elements such as images, audio, and video clips. You can add these elements to test pages, questions, and answer choices to create a more engaging and interactive experience for test-takers.

                Multiple layouts for test pages

                A sidebar can be added to the test page, which can be positioned either on the left or right column.

                Adding hints to test questions

                Adding hints to your test questions to help test-takers answer the questions correctly. You can provide hints in various formats such as text, images or video to offer additional information and guidance to the test-takers. This can help improve the overall quality of your tests and ensure that test-takers are not stuck on difficult questions.

                Providing feedback on test questions

                Providing feedback on question answers is a feature that allows test creators to give feedback to test-takers on their responses to individual questions.

                The feedback can be in the form of comments or suggestions that help the test-taker understand where they went wrong or how they could have answered the question better. This feature can be especially useful for educational assessments where the goal is to provide constructive feedback to help the test-taker learn and improve their skills.

                You can display feedback to the test-taker either after submitting an answer to a specific test question  (practice mode) or after completing the entire test.

                Creating a central repository of content for test-takers

                You can create an asset library which is a central repository of images and other multimedia content that can be made available to test-takers during the test.

                Consider using the asset library to provide content or images that you want your test-takers to access during the test. Placing them on a test page will require the test-taker to navigate back and forth between pages, while the asset library provides easy access to all necessary resources in one place.

                Enabling the calculator for test-takers during the test

                You can enable the Calculator option to allow test-takers to use it during the test.

                Displaying grading rubrics for test questions within the test itself

                When a test-taker is taking a test, they can be allowed to see the grading rubric for each question within the test. This allows them to have a clear understanding of how their answers will be scored and what is expected of them for each question. It can also help improve transparency and fairness in the grading process.

                Manual and automatic evaluation of the test questions

                You have the option to either manually evaluate the subjective test questions or use our auto-evaluation feature for specific question types. Additionally, you can utilize rubrics to grade subjective questions.

                Automatic evaluation involves the use of technology to automatically grade or score test responses based on pre-determined criteria, such as correct answers or partial credit for partially correct answers. This method can save time and effort, especially when dealing with large numbers of responses.

                Manual evaluation, on the other hand, involves a human evaluator manually grading or scoring test responses based on pre-determined criteria or rubrics. This method can provide more nuanced and accurate feedback, but can also be time-consuming and may be subject to evaluator bias.

                Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, and a combination of both may be used to ensure accurate and fair grading of test responses.

                Re-using questions across multiple tests

                Once a question is added to the Question Bank module, you can use it across multiple tests, allowing for efficient test creation. This eliminates the need for creating new questions for each test, saving time and effort.

                Re-using composites across multiple tests

                You can use content groups to create questions that are bundled with a specific type of media. This allows you to ask multiple questions related to a single media without having to write it repeatedly. By storing all content groups in our content bank, it becomes easier for you to re-use them in multiple tests.

                Generating a test with simply selecting test questions

                Instead of manually creating pages and adding test questions to each one, the Static page builder can automatically generate a specified number of pages by utilizing a list of questions that you create. This makes page creation much more efficient.

                Previewing your test

                Previewing your test while designing it will ensure the proper functionality of the test

                You can preview how your test functions in both the classic mode and the practice mode.

                Cloning a test

                Tests can be easily repurposed by cloning them and making some minor adjustments.

                This feature allows you to save time and effort by using existing tests as a template for creating new ones. You can quickly make changes to the cloned test to suit different settings, without having to create a new test from scratch.

                Classify your tests to better organize them

                By using tags, labels, and folders, you can organize your tests into different groups and categories.

                You can assign specific tags and labels to each test to make them easily searchable and filterable. Additionally, you can create folders to store related tests together, and even favorite certain tests for quick access. This way, you can efficiently manage your tests and easily find the ones you need.

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