Creating an Equation Entry question

IMPORTANT: Equation Entry questions are only compatible with legacy tests. For more information, read About Surpass test delivery options.

An Equation Entry questions lets a candidate enter mathematical expressions as their response. This item type uses the MathType Web editor. For more information on this plugin, refer to the MathType Web documentation.

This article explains how to create a basic Equation Entry question in Surpass and includes information about the MathType Web plugin.

In This Article

1. Choose your item type

In your subject, select Create New Item to open the Question Types menu. Choose Equation Entry to create a blank Equation 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

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, assistive media, or a table to your question stem.

4. Add initial content (optional)

NOTE: Text written in equation fields is automatically formatted in italics. Deselect 1b to disable italics.

Equation Entry items let you enter a partial statement for candidates to complete. For full details on the equation plugin’s functionality, refer to the MathType Web documentation.

5. Set the question’s marks

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

IMPORTANT: Equation Entry items must be human marked.

6. 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.

7. 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 .

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

8. 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 Equation 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.