Overview of Test Authoring Features

Empower your assessment creation process with our advanced test authoring features.

Created by Oya Gücer Kay / May, 2024

Our test authoring functions encompass various tools such as randomized question orders and customizable time limits, which contribute to enhancing test security and accommodating your specific needs.

Test with multiple sections

Diversify your assessments by incorporating multiple sections, each housing its own set of questions. Easily label and arrange sections to streamline navigation and enhance clarity. With the ability to add multiple pages within each section, you can organize questions efficiently while maintaining flexibility.

Time Limits

Time limits can be applied at every level of your assessment: on individual pages, within sections, or for the entire test. Users have the flexibility to set time limits individually for each component or opt to disable them.

  • To access these settings, navigate to the respective settings page for the component you wish to modify – section settings for section time limits, page settings to put individual time limit on a page, or test settings to put a time limit for the whole test.

    Shuffling the order of sections and pages

    The option to shuffle sections and pages enables users to randomize their placement within a test. This feature ensures that each participant encounters a unique test structure, thereby enhancing test security and minimizing opportunities for cheating.

    Question ordering and shuffling

    You can manually organize question order or opt to randomize them for variability. With shuffling, questions can be randomized while retaining the option to fix specific questions in place. This ensures each test-taker receives questions in a unique sequence, as shuffling occurs on a per-test basis.

    Randomizing questions

    Users can creat custom question pools and only select 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.

    Test navigation customization

    Test-takers can navigate freely between questions, backtrack only, or be restricted from moving backward or forward as desired. These navigation settings can be applied to the entire test or specific sections, with the system promptly notifying test-takers of any imposed restrictions.

    Mandatory questions

    Users have the ability to designate certain or all questions within a test as mandatory. This feature enables users to specify when test-takers must provide a response for each mandatory question.

    Customizable question weight

    The feature allows you to assign a weight to each test question based on its difficulty level or length. This ensures that the test is more accurately and fairly scored, reflecting the true abilities of the test-taker.

    Tests to Measure Specific Objectives

    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.

    Including multimedia within your tests

    Users can incorporate multimedia elements such as images, audio, and video clips. You can add these elements to test pages, questions, and answer choices.

    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.

    Providing feedback on test questions

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

    Users 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

    Users 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.

    Manual and automatic evaluation of the test questions

    Users 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.

    Re-using questions 

    Once a question is added to the Question Bank module, you can use it across multiple tests, allowing for efficient test creation.

    Re-using composites

    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.

    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.

    Previewing your test

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

    Classify your tests to better organize them

    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.

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