Setting the item purpose

When creating an item, you can set the type of test or section the item is to be used in. You can set the item purpose in the Edit Settings dialog. There are four available Item Purpose settings:

Purpose Description
Summative An item intended for use in high-stakes tests.
Formative An item intended for use in low-stakes tests.
Unspecified An item that does not have a defined purpose.

NOTE: Unspecified is the default setting.
Sample Item A non-scored item that is included in introduction sections as practice content.

NOTE: You can only include sample items in introduction sections in Test Creation. For more information, read About test form content.

This article explains how to set up your item’s purpose.

In this article

1. Go to your item’s Edit screen

Select an item in your subject to open it and go to the Edit screen.

2. Open the Edit Settings dialog

Select the Settings icon to open the Item Settings panel.

Next, select the General Settings tab.

3. Set the item purpose

Choose either Summative, Formative, Unspecified, or Sample Item against Item Purpose to set your item’s purpose.

After you have chosen your Item Purpose option, select Save to save your item’s new purpose. Select Discard Changes to cancel any changes made in the Settings panel.