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.

In this article

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 a alphanumeric reference code for your subject. This must be unique.
Centre Choose a parent centre.
Content Type

Choose this subject’s content type. This selection determines whether the subject is a Mixed subject or HTML subject.

IMPORTANT: By default, Content Type is set to HTML. To deliver legacy content, you can change the content type to Mixed in the Create Subject dialog.

Choose On-screen and Mixed to create both mixed and HTML content in this subject. Choose On-screen and HTML to only create HTML compatible items in this subject and only deliver tests in HTML.

Choose Paper based if your paper content has been created in ContentProducer. Paper based subjects do not appear in the Subjects screen in Setup.

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.

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: