Adding audio to an item set

NOTE: The accepted audio file types are MP3 and WAV.

You can add audio to item sets in Item Authoring. Audio can be used to support question content or to aid candidates with accessibility requirements. Audio files added to item sets appear above or below each item’s question stem when they are delivered to candidates in a test.

This article explains how to add audio to item sets, including how to configure audio player options.

In This Article

1. Go to your item set’s Edit screen

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

2. Open the media library

In the Edit screen, choose Select Media to open the media library. For more information about the media library, read About the Surpass media library.

Finding media

By default, files in the Select Media dialog are ordered alphabetically by name. To find a specific media file, you can search or re-order files.

Type into the search bar to filter the Select Media dialog in real time. Surpass looks up your search string in media files’ names.

Use the Order by menu to re-order the contents of the Select Media dialog by the most recently updated first (Last Updated), file names in alphabetical order (Title), or file types in alphabetical order (Type).

3. Choose your audio

Choose your audio file and select Add media. You can preview your audio file before adding it to your item.

Select Add media  to add another audio file to your item set. You can add up to 30 media files to an item set.

Select Expand  to enlarge your audio.

Select Remove  to delete your audio from the item set.

Configure audio player (MP3 files only)

If you add an MP3 audio file to your item set, you can configure how the media player behaves in the test driver.

Select Additional Options  to open the options menu.

4. Choose your layout

You can determine the audio’s layout by selecting a Choose Layout option. Audio added to item sets can be positioned above or below each item’s individual question text when they are added to an item set.

Refer to the following table for more information on each layout option.

Icon Setting Description
Automatically scale media and place above the question text Displays media above the item set’s shared text.
Automatically scale media and place below the question text Displays media below the item set’s shared text.

5. Save and close your item set

Select Save  to save your item set to your subject.

Select Close  to leave the Edit screen. If you have unsaved changes, you are prompted to either save or discard them.

6. Add items to your item set

When adding items to your item set, you can view the audio above or below the question text of all items in the item set.