About test form settings

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IMPORTANT: Some test form settings are affected by settings that have been applied to the parent test. Read About test settings for more information.

When creating or editing a test form in Surpass, you can configure its settings in the Test Form Details tab of the Edit Test Form window.

The Test Form Details tab is divided into five areas:

  • Test Details covers fundamental test form settings like name and reference, status, and grade boundaries.
  • Test Feedback allows you to configure what results data is displayed to candidates after test submission.
  • Test Version Availability lets you set an availability window for the test form separate from the parent test.
  • Miscellaneous covers additional options including moderation and SecureMarker functions
  • Test Delivery allows you to view and edit the parent test’s settings without leaving the Test Forms screen.

This article explains each option in the Test Form Details tab of the Edit Test Form window.

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Finding Test Form Details

To view Test Form Details, navigate to Test Creation > Test Forms and select the relevant test form in the table.

Select Edit Test Form to open the Edit Test Form window.

In the Edit Test Form window, open the Test Form Details tab.

Test Details

NOTE: Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
Setting Description
Test Form Name* The name of the test form.
Reference* The test form’s alphanumeric reference code. The reference must be unique. This is not visible to candidates. 

Determines whether the test form is available for scheduling. Choose from the following statuses:

  • Retired – The test form is no longer in use and cannot be scheduled for candidates. Only test forms set to Retired can be deleted. For more information, read Deleting test forms.
  • Draft – The test form is not ready to be scheduled for candidates. This is the default Status setting.
  • Live – The test form can be scheduled for candidates.
  • Quality Review – The test form can be scheduled via the Test Wizard for an internal quality review, but cannot be scheduled for candidates.
IMPORTANT: Live test forms can only be scheduled if the parent test is also set to Live.
Exclude from Random Test Form Selection

Prevents the test form from being randomly selected at the point of scheduling if Randomise Test Forms is enabled in the parent test’s Advanced Test Delivery Options.  

Total Marks

Displays the total marks available for this test form. 

NOTE: If your test form has a dynamic section drawing from an item pool with varying mark values, this number may not be accurate.
Grade Boundaries

Defines the test form’s grade boundaries. To learn how to set up grade boundaries, read Setting up grade boundaries.

Round to decimal places

Determines how many decimal places candidates’ scores are rounded to when retrieved using the Result, Analytical, or Historical API methods. 

Apply Learning Outcome(LO) Boundaries

Allows you to set up pass marks for items with specific learning outcomes. If candidates do not meet the specified learning outcomes boundaries, they will fail the test despite their performance on other items. For more information, read Setting up Learning Outcome boundaries.

Total Questions Displays the total number of questions in the test form.

Allows you to print the test form.

NOTE: This setting is no longer in use. You can print any test form, regardless of whether Printable is selected. For more information, read Printing test forms in Test Creation.
Close Without Submit

Allows candidates to exit the test without submitting their answers. Candidates can continue the test at a later stage. 

NOTE: This setting is always applied to computer-based projects.
TIP: This is useful for computer-based tests that have long durations.
Allow use as template Enables test form cloning. For more information, read Cloning test forms.
Action Script Mode

The action script mode of the content (AS2/ AS3/ Mixed).

NOTE: This only applies to test forms with ContentProducer content.

Test Feedback

Setting Description

Shows candidates whether they have passed or failed the test after submission. Summary Feedback must also be enabled.

NOTE: This is only available for tests containing only computer-marked items.
Percentage Mark

Shows candidates their percentage mark after submission. Summary Feedback must also be enabled.

NOTE: This is only available for tests containing only computer-marked items.
Show Feedback Button During Test

Displays the Feedback button during the test, allowing candidates to see any Correct/Incorrect/General feedback added to items in Item Authoring (legacy tests only). For more information, read Adding candidate feedback to items.

Summary Feedback

Shows candidates a summary of their performance on the test, including which items were answered correctly or incorrectly. 

Use the menu to determine when candidates receive summary feedback:

  • End of Test – Candidates receive summary feedback after submitting their test.
  • End of Section (HTML tests only) – Candidates receive summary feedback after each section in the test. This is only available for HTML tests with timed sections.
  • End of Section & Test (HTML tests only) – Candidates receive summary feedback after each section and after submitting the test. This is only available for HTML tests with timed sections.
IMPORTANT: Summary feedback is unavailable if the test form contains non-scored items.
NOTE: Pass/Fail or Percentage Mark must be enabled if you want to use End of Section or End of Section & Test in HTML tests.
Summary Feedback > Review Answers

Allows candidates to review their responses during the summary feedback. If cleared, candidates can only see if their answers were correct or incorrect.

The functionality of Review Answers differs depending on which summary feedback option you select:

    Summary Feedback > Printable Summary Allows candidates to print the summary feedback. 
    Summary Feedback > Show Candidate Details

    Displays candidates’ details (name, reference, and so on) during the summary feedback.

    Summary Feedback > Display Feedback by Learning Outcome

    Displays how candidates scored on items with shared tag values

    EXAMPLE: If a test form has five items, each with the Learning Outcome tag value of “Knowledge of European geography”, candidates can see these items grouped under this tag value and their percentage score across all included items.
    Summary Feedback > Show View Feedback Button

    Allows candidates to view Correct/Incorrect/General feedback left on items during the summary feedback. Review Answers must also be enabled for a candidate to access the feedback button.

    NOTE: This is different from the Show Feedback Button During Test setting, which allows candidates to review feedback at any point.
    Allow Item Comments

    Allows candidates to leave a comment on items during the test for feedback purposes. These comments are viewable in Test Administration (legacy tests only).

    You can view comments left by candidates on HTML tests in Reporting. Read ‘About the Candidate Comments panel’ in Viewing Items Delivered Reports for more information.

    Test Version Availability

    NOTE: Test Version Availability settings only apply if Use Test Form availability dates is enabled on the parent test. If cleared, all test forms use the parent test's availability window. For more information, read About test settings.

    Setting Description
    Test Version Date Sets the date range in which the test can be scheduled for candidates. Use the Valid From and Expires date pickers to choose your start and end dates, respectively.

    TIP: You can also enter your dates in DD/MM/YYYY format.
    Test Date Window Displays the availability window of the parent test. This cannot be edited at the test form level.

    Miscellaneous options

    Setting Description
    Requires Moderation to release results

    Prevents candidate scripts from appearing in the Results screen of Test Administration until they have been reviewed by another marker in the Moderate screen.

    IMPORTANT: Enabling Requires Moderation to release results suppresses end of test summary feedback.
    Auto Progress Items status when used in live Test
    NOTE: This setting is obsolete and will be removed in a future release of Surpass.

    Mark Scripts in SecureMarker

    (Before and including Surpass Release 12.26: Requires SecureMarker)

    Exports candidate scripts to SecureMarker for marking and moderation. For more information, read Configuring a test form for SecureMarker.

    Pre-session Download Window (hours)

    (Before and including Surpass Release 12.26: Advance content download timespan (hours))

    Determines how far in advance of the test’s start time candidate test forms are generated and made available for download. Test forms (including item content) are locked once generated and cannot be edited for the scheduled test session. Once scheduled, the Pre-session Download Window cannot be amended.

    TIP: Tests only appear in the Invigilate screen of Test Administration after they have been generated. If your tests do not appear in Invigilate after scheduling, check the Pre-session Download Window value.
    NOTE: Whether a test can be delivered in the standard or legacy test driver is defined by what the Deliver in HTML Delivery test setting is set to at the point it is scheduled, regardless of this value.
    Annotation Settings

    Configure what commenting and annotation tools are available to markers working in the Mark screen and SecureMarker. Read ‘Annotation Settings’ further in this article for more detail on the available settings. 

    Annotation Settings

    You can control what commenting and annotation tools are available to markers working in the Mark screen and SecureMarker using Annotation Settings.

    Test Delivery Options

    Select Test Delivery Options to edit the settings of the test form’s parent test without leaving the Test Forms screen. For more information about available options, read About test settings.

    WARNING: Any changes made to the parent test affect all associated test forms.

    Further reading