Creating a test with the Test Wizard

NOTE: In Surpass, you can create tests with the Test Wizard or in the Test Creation screens. For more information, read Differences between the Test Wizard and Test Creation.

You can create and edit tests with the Test Wizard in Item Authoring. The Test Wizard provides a simple way of creating tests, using predetermined test and delivery settings appropriate to the type of test you are creating.

This article explains how to create Learning, Formative, and Summative tests with the Test Wizard, including how to add sections to your test and configure the test settings.

In This Article

1. Go to your subject

You can create a test with the Test Wizard in Item Authoring. In your subject, select Tests to open the Test Wizard menu.

2. Create your test

Select Create New Test to create a new test.

Creating new test forms

There is also the option to create new test forms in this menu. This allows you to create new test forms for existing tests.

3. Choose your test type

IMPORTANT: To learn about creating Paper and Onscreen tests, read Creating Paper and Onscreen tests with the Test Wizard.

Choose your test type in the Test Wizard dialog and then select Continue. For more information about the available test types, read About test types in the Test Wizard.

The available test types depend on whether you are in a mixed or HTML subject. Expand the relevant section for instructions.

4. Configure your test settings

NOTE: When creating a test in Test Creation, Introduction Pages and Finish Pages appear in separate sections that can be independently timed. For more information, read Adding Introduction and Finish Pages to a test form.

Select to continue.

You can define your test and test form settings in the Settings screen.

Test details

Detail Description
Test Name The test’s name.
Test Reference The test’s unique alphanumeric reference code.
Test Status The test’s workflow status (Draft or Live).
Test Profile The test profile applied to the test. For more information, read About test profiles.
Test Style The test’s navigation style.
Test Type Whether the test is a computer-based test or a computer-based project. For more information, read Creating a computer based project.

Date and time

Detail Description


The period of time in which the test is available for scheduling. 

Test delivery options

Detail Description
SecureClient Mode

Sets the SecureClient delivery mode. Choose from the following two options:

  • Unlocked allows candidates to minimise SecureClient and browse their device and/or the internet freely.

  • Locked prevents candidates leaving SecureClient during the test.

Restrict to SecureClient

Restricts test delivery to SecureClient. This means that the cannot be delivered using web delivery.


Determines the type of invigilation for candidates. Choose one of the following options:

  • Standard – Candidates can enter their test using only a keycode. If selected, Test Administration users can change this setting at the point of scheduling.

  • PIN – Candidates must enter their test using a keycode and start their test using a PIN code.

  • Manual – Candidates can enter their test using a keycode and must then wait for an invigilator to manually unlock their test from the Invigilate screen of Test Administration.

Candidates Receive

Determines the test delivery options available to Test Administration users. Choose one of the following options:

  • Same test forms – If a test has multiple test forms, candidates receive the same test form. If the test form has dynamic sections, the rules are run once to create a static test form that is delivered to all candidates. 

  • Different test forms – If a test has multiple test forms, candidates receive different test forms. If a given test form has dynamic sections, the rules are run as many times as necessary to create a unique test form for each candidate.

  • Choose when scheduling – Allows Test Administration users to decide whether to deliver the same test or different tests at the point of scheduling.

Randomise Test Forms

Distributes test forms in a random order to candidates if there is more than one form of the same test.

Additional settings

Detail Description
Candidate Agreement 

Forces candidates to agree to terms before starting the test.


Change the default text. You can use basic formatting tools

Test Driver Language

Determines the language used for the test driver’s interface and menus. This does not affect item content. For a list of all available languages, read About Surpass test languages.

Change Language When Scheduling

Allows Test Administration users to change the Test Driver Language setting at the point of scheduling.

Limit Resits

Determines whether candidates have a limited number of resits. If cleared, candidates have unlimited resits.

5. Configure your test form settings

Test form details

Detail Description
Test Form Name The test form’s name.
Test Form Reference The test form’s unique alphanumeric reference code.
Test Form Status The test form’s status.

Date and time

Detail Description


The period of time in which the test is available for scheduling. 

Reasonable Adjustments (mins)

You can set up your test to automatically give candidates with reasonable adjustments extra time.

Enter the extra time given to all candidates with reasonable adjustments in minutes in the Standard field. You can also set a limit on how much extra time invigilators can award candidates in the Maximum field.

Pre-session Download Window

Determines how far in advance of the test’s start time candidate test forms are generated and made available for download. Test form content and settings (including item content) are locked once generated and cannot be edited for the scheduled test session.

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. This is determined by which subject type your test is created in, but can be changed in Test Creation ahead of scheduling.

Grade boundaries

Detail Description

Grade Boundary Type

Before configuring your boundaries, you must choose the type of grade boundary in the Grade Boundary Type menu. You can choose between Score or Percentage.

Grade Boundaries

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

Test feedback

Detail Description

Shows candidates whether they have passed or failed the test after submission.

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

Shows candidates their percentage mark after submission.

NOTE: This is only available for tests containing only computer-marked items.
Summary Feedback

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

IMPORTANT: Summary feedback is unavailable if the test form contains non-scored items.
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.

Summary Feedback > Item Feedback

Allows candidates to view Correct/Incorrect/General feedback left on items during the summary feedback. 

NOTE: Review Answers must be selected to enable Item Feedback.
Summary Feedback > By Learning Outcome/Unit

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 > Printable Summary

Allows candidates to print the summary feedback. 

Summary Feedback > Candidate Details

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

Allow Candidate Comments

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

Additional Settings

Detail Description
Mark Scripts in SecureMarker

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

6. Choose your items

IMPORTANT: If you choose an item that is part of an item set, items set to Live in that item set are automatically added to the test.
TIP: Select Preview to preview your items at any time.

To find an item, you can use the free text search bar to search for item names or question text content.

Select Question Text to view items by question text. Select Item Name to view items by their name.

To add an item to a test, choose your item and select Add or drag the item into the test. You can use Control and Shift to select multiple items at a time.

When you have added items to your test, you can see the total amount of marks and questions.

Select to continue.

Using random selection

You can add dynamic content to tests created in the Test Wizard. Drag folders into your test and define how many items you want to select from that folder. When the test is delivered to candidates, a random selection of items is chosen from that folder.

Adding sections to a test

When you have chosen your items, you can add them to sections.

Randomising item order

You can choose to present items to candidates in a random order.

Grouping items

You can group items to make them appear together on one page.

7. Choose an Introduction and Finish Page

IMPORTANT: Selecting an Introduction Page and/or a Finish page is optional.

You can add Introduction Pages and Finish Pages to provide information to candidates at the start and end of a test. Select an Introduction Page and a Finish Page to add them to your test. Only Introduction Pages and Finish Pages set to Live can be added to a test.

8. Review your test

You can review your test in the Review screen. Use the arrows ( ) to navigate between the items in your test.

Viewing the test summary

You can see a summary of your test in the Test Summary panel.

Select Create Test to create your test.

Select Confirm to confirm you want to create your test.

Creating a web link for your test

You can create a web link to share your test with different users. This lets other users perform quality review checks and interact with the test as the candidate would.

Select Close to return to the Subjects screen.