Creating a Multiple Response survey item

NOTE: Multiple Response survey items 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.

A Multiple Response survey item offers candidates a fixed set of answers to a prompt. Candidates may choose multiple answer options as their response. Multiple Response survey items are non-scored.

This article explains how to create a basic Multiple Response survey item in Surpass and includes details on how to add answer boxes in HTML subjects.

In This Article

1. Choose your item type

In your subject, select Create New Item to open the Survey Items menu. Choose Multiple Response to create a blank Multiple Response survey item 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 question text

NOTE: Question stem tables and the formatting toolbar behave differently in Mixed 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.

In a Mixed subject, open Additional Options to add assistive media.

4. Add your answer options

Enter your answer options in the answer fields. Multiple Response survey items default to three answer options. Select Add Answer Option to add an additional answer option. You can have a maximum of 30 answer options per Multiple Response survey item. Select Delete to remove an answer option. Multiple Response survey items must have a minimum of three answer options.

Adding an exclusive answer option

You can add an exclusive answer option that candidates cannot select in combination with any other answer options.

EXAMPLE: Exclusive answer options might be used for an ‘all of the above’ or ‘none of the above’ style answer option.

Re-ordering answer options

By default, Surpass presents Multiple Response survey answer options to candidates in the same order as the Edit screen. However, you can order them alphabetically. You can also manually re-order your answer options on an option-by-option basis.

Setting the number of candidate selections (HTML tests only)

For Multiple Response survey items delivered in the HTML test driver, you can set the minimum number of responses a candidate must make before the item is considered attempted.

Using answer layout options

Multiple Response survey 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.

Setting answer options as a table (HTML subjects only)

You can set HTML-subject Multiple Response survey answer options to be a table. This lets candidates choose their response from a predefined set of related answer options.

Enabling answer boxes (HTML subjects only)

In HTML-subject Multiple Response survey items, you can add a text field to one answer option. Use this if you want candidates to explain why they have chosen a particular answer.

EXAMPLE: You might want to use an answer box if one of your answer options is ‘None of the above’.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

7. 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 Multiple Response survey 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.

Further reading

You can create other survey items in Surpass. Read the following articles for more information: