Creating a centre

In Surpass, a “centre” is a virtual space in which tests are created by users and delivered to candidates. All items, users, candidates, subjects, tests, and test forms are associated with a particular parent centre. A Surpass centre may be linked to a physical location like a school or workplace or it can be a purely digital environment.

This article explains how to create a centre in the Centres screen of Setup.

In this article

1. Go to the Centres screen

To view the Centres screen, go to Setup > Centres.

TIP: To learn more about the Centres screen, read About the Centres screen in Setup.

2. Select Create Centre

Select Create Centre to create a new centre.

3. Fill out the Create Centre dialog

Fill out the Create Centre form to your new centre’s specifications. Refer to the following table for information about each field and setting.

NOTE: Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.
Field Description
Name* Enter a name for your centre. 
Reference* Enter an alphanumeric reference code for your centre. This must be unique. 
Address Enter a corresponding address for the centre. Select Address  to reveal the entry field. 
Associated Subject(s)

Controls the centre’s subject associations. Select Manage Subjects to add subjects to or remove subjects from the centre. For more information, read ‘Managing subjects’ below. 

TIP: You can also control centre/subject associations at the subject level on the Subjects screen. For more information, read Creating a subject in Setup and Editing a subject.
Test Scheduling

Determines the default scheduling behaviour for tests with multiple test forms.

Select Randomise Test Forms to enforce the random allocation of test forms to candidates.

Select Select Test Form to allow centre users to choose a test form at the point of scheduling.

NOTE: If a user with the Reveal Test Forms permission is linked to multiple centres and Select Test Form is enabled at one of these centres, the user can select a test form at all centres regardless of their individual Test Scheduling settings. For more information, read About roles and permissions.
Test Creation

Determines whether subjects in subject groups are available for selection in Test Creation

Select Hide Subjects included in Subject Groups to prevent tests being created in subject group subjects.

Clear Hide Subjects included in Subject Groups to allow all tests to be created in all subjects, regardless of group status.


Determines whether data from this centre is included in the Reporting screens.

Select Exclude Centre data from Reporting screens to prevent this centre’s test data from appearing in Reporting. This is useful for centres running practice, pilot, or quality review tests. 

Clear Exclude Centre data from Reporting screens to allow this centre’s test data to appear in Reporting

TIP: You can enable Exclude Centre data from Reporting screens on a temporary basis if you want to run some tests without affecting existing data. For more information, read Editing a centre.

Managing subjects

You can manage the centre’s associated subjects and centre-level users’ access to these subjects from the Centres screen. To learn more, expand the following section.

4. Confirm centre details

Select Create Centre to create your centre.

Further reading

To learn more about working in the Centres screen, read the following articles: