Creating a Fraction Entry question

NOTE: Fraction Entry questions are only available in HTML subjects, can only be delivered in HTML web delivery, and are not compatible with SecureMarker.

A Fraction Entry question asks candidates to input part of or all of a fraction, mixed number, square root, or Nth root.

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This article explains how to create a basic Fraction Entry question in Surpass.

1. Choose your item type

In your subject, select Create New Item to open the Question Types menu. Choose Fraction Entry to create a blank Fraction Entry item and go to the Edit screen.

2. Name your item

Enter the item’s name in the Name field.

3. Enter your question text

Enter your question text in the question stem. Select Add Text Area   to add an additional question stem. You can have a maximum of five question stems per item.

Open Additional Options  to add source material or assistive media to your question stem. In mixed subjects, you can also add a table to your question stem (in HTML subjects, tables can be added using the formatting toolbar).

4. Select your fraction answer type

Select between Fraction or Root. For each answer type, refer to the following table.

FRACTION ROOT

Candidates are required to provide an answer that takes the form of an integer and a fraction.

Candidates are required to provide an answer that takes the form of a square root or an Nth root.

5. Add your answers

The answers the candidates will be required to give are determined by which answer options you enter in the answer fields. Expand the relevant section for instructions.

Adding a fraction answer

When adding a fraction answer, there are three answer option fields available with radio buttons to determine whether the candidate is required to fill it in, or whether it will already be shown.

EXAMPLE: The question being asked may be ‘how can 6/8 be simplified?’ and the answer would be ‘3/4’.

Adding a square or Nth root answer

When adding a square or Nth root answer, there are two answer option fields available with radio buttons to determine whether the candidate is required to fill the answer in, or whether it will already be shown.

EXAMPLE: The question being asked may be ‘what is another way to denote 2 squared?’ and the answer would be ‘16′.

6. Set the question’s marks

Set the item’s total marks in the Mark field.

7. Select a workflow status

Set the item’s workflow status in the Status drop-down menu. Only items set to Live can be used in a test.

8. Preview your question

To see your item from a candidate’s perspective, select Preview

If you need to continue working on the item, select Edit  to return to the Edit screen.

9. Saving and closing your item

Select Save  to save your item to your subject.

To see additional saving options, use the Save  arrow to open the Save Options menu. Select Save & Close  to save the item and return to the Subjects screen. Select Save & New  to save the item and create another Fraction Entry item.

WARNING: Saving changes to live items included in scheduled tests might affect candidate delivery.

Select Close  to leave the Edit screen. If you have unsaved changes, you are prompted to either save or discard them.