Creating an Either/Or question

NOTE: Either/Or questions can be used in standard tests, legacy tests, and the Surpass (Legacy) tablet app. For more information about test delivery types, read About Surpass test delivery options.

An Either/Or question offers candidates two possible answers to a problem: one of these is the correct answer and the other is a plausible but incorrect answer (also known as a distractor). Candidates can select one answer option as their response.

This article explains how to create a basic Either/Or question in Surpass and includes details on how to randomise answer options and lay out answers in multiple columns.

In This Article

1. Choose your item type

In your subject, select Create New Item to open the Question Types menu. Choose Either/Or to create a blank Either/Or 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

NOTE: Question stem tables and the formatting toolbar behave differently in Mixed subjects and HTML subjects. For more information, read Creating tables in items and Using the formatting toolbar.

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. Add your answer options

Either/Or items default to True and False answer values, but you can change these if necessary.

Randomising answer options

By default, Surpass presents Either/Or answer options to candidates in the same order as the Edit screen. However, you can randomise the order of your answer options in delivery.

Using answer layout options

Either/Or answer options can be presented in either one or two columns. In a two column layout, you can combine text, image, and/or equation content in a single answer option.

5. Set the correct answer

Select the relevant Correct Option radio button to set an answer option as the correct answer.

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.

An item's workflow status being set to Live.

8. Preview your question

WARNING: Flash is no longer supported by web browsers. Use the Surpass Viewer to preview items in the legacy test driver. For more information, read Installing the Surpass Viewer.

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

In Mixed subjects, you can preview your item in the HTML test driver. Use the Preview arrow to open the Preview Options menu and select Preview in HTML . Any custom CSS is applied in the Preview screen. For more information on custom CSS, read ‘About Subject settings’ in About Site Settings options.

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 Either/Or 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.