Creating a subject in Setup

In Surpass, a subject is where you create and manage items for use in tests. Subjects can hold folders and sub-folders of items, allowing for flexible organisation of your test content. You can also upload media to your subject’s media library for use in its items. A subject is associated with at least one centre. Any tests created in the subject can be scheduled at the associated centre(s).

You can create subjects in the Subjects screen of Setup.

NOTE: You can also create subjects in Item Authoring. For more information, read Creating a subject in Item Authoring.

This article explains how to create a subject in the Subjects screen in Setup.

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1. Go to the Subjects screen in Setup

To view the Subjects screen in Setup, go to Setup > Subjects.

TIP: For more information about the Subjects screen, read About the Subjects screen in Setup.

2. Select Create Subject

Select Create Subject to create a new subject.

3. Fill out the Create Subject dialog

Fill out the Create Subject form to your new subject’s specifications. Refer to the following table for information about each field.

Setting Description
Name Enter a name for your subject.
Reference Enter an alphanumeric reference code for your subject. This must be unique.
Centre Choose a parent centre.
Content Type

Choose Paper based if your paper content has been created in ContentProducer.

IMPORTANT: This setting is only configurable if the Support for ContentProducer Paper Production site setting is enabled. For more information, read ‘About ContentProducer settings’ in About Site Settings options.
NOTE: You cannot edit the Content Type after creating your subject.
Subject Tags

Allows users to assign subject tags to this subject. This is useful for filtering a large number of subjects when scheduling tests. For more information, read Setting up subject tags.

Secure File Attach

Determines whether Secure File Attach is applied to all File Attach items in this subject. For more information, read Creating a File Attach question.


Determines the default font and font size for question text and answer options in this subject. 

Subject Master List

Determines whether a subject master list is created for this subject. For more information about subject master lists, read Sharing items with a subject master list from the Item Search screen.

Enable checkboxes in Item Authoring

Determines whether checkboxes display in delivery on Multiple Choice, Multiple Response, and Either/Or items, and Multiple Choice and Multiple Response survey items.

Default Subject Language

Choose the default language for the subject from the list. The available languages are those enabled in Site Settings. The selected language becomes the default language for item types created for this subject.

For more information about site settings, read ‘About Language Variants settings‘ in About Site Settings options.

IMPORTANT: Item language variants are not available by default. Language variants let you author variations of an item in different languages. Language variants can only be created for Multiple ChoiceMultiple ResponseEither/Or, and Essay item types, and only exist across the Item Authoring and Tasks screens. For more information, read Creating and managing language variants.

4. Confirm subject details

Select Create Subject to create your subject.

Further reading

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