A Select From a List question presents candidates with a string of text with certain words replaced by drop-down lists containing possible answers. At least one of these list items is the correct answer. The other list items are plausible but incorrect answers (also known as distractors).
This article explains how to create a basic Select From a List question in Surpass, including details on how to order lists alphabetically and enabling absolute marking.
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1. Choose your item type
In your subject, select Create New Item to open the Question Types menu. Choose Select From a List to create a blank Select From a List item and go to the Edit screen.
2. Name your item
Enter the item’s name in the Name field.
3. Enter your instruction text
Enter your instruction 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. Enter your question and answer text
Enter the complete text in the answer field.
5. Create lists
Highlight the word (or words) you want to replace with a list and select Create List. This adds the word(s) to a list under Correct Answer(s), where you can make any necessary edits.
Enter additional list options in the fields provided. To add more entry fields, select Add Answer Option . To remove an entry field, select Delete .
Select the relevant Correct checkbox to designate a list option as the correct answer.
Enabling absolute marking
You can set up your item to only award marks to candidates that give all the correct answers.
Select Only award mark if candidate selects all correct options to enable absolute marking for this item.
Ordering lists alphabetically
By default, Surpass presents list items to candidates in a random order. However, you can set up alphabetical ordering for all lists in your item.
To order your lists alphabetically, select Order alphabetically.
6. Set the question’s marks
Set the item’s total marks in the Mark field.
7. Select a workflow status
8. Preview your question
To see your item from a candidate’s perspective, select Preview .
You can check your item’s marking behaviour in the Preview screen. Select answer options to update the Mark field.
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 Select From a List item.
Select Close to leave the Edit screen. If you have unsaved changes, you are prompted to either save or discard them.
You can do much more with Select From a List items in Surpass. For more information, read the following articles: