Creating an Introduction Page

NOTE: Introduction Pages can be used in standard and legacy tests. For more information about delivery types, read About Surpass test delivery options.

An Introduction Page is a non-scored item that appears to candidates before a test begins in an introduction section. You might want to use Introduction Pages to communicate any information or instructions candidates need to know before taking the test. Time spent on Introduction Pages is not counted on the main test timer.

This article explains how to create a basic Introduction Page in Surpass.

In This Article

1. Choose your item type

In your subject, select Create New Item to open the Basic Pages menu. Choose Introduction Page to create a blank Introduction Page and go to the Edit screen.

2. Name your item

Enter the item’s name in the Name field.

An item's Name field filled with 'Sample Item Name'.

3. Enter your content

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

Open Additional Options to add source material to your stem. In Mixed subjects, you can also add assistive media.

4. 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.

5. Preview your item

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, see Creating a subject in Setup.

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

6. 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 Introduction Page.

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.

Further reading

You can create other basic pages in Surpass. Read the following articles for more information: