Creating a Paper and Onscreen test with the Test Wizard

NOTE: Only Information Pages and Multiple Choice, Multiple Response, Either/Or, Fill in the Blank, Essay, and Short Answer items are available for both paper and onscreen delivery.

In Surpass, you can create tests that can be taken both on paper and onscreen. If the test is intended to be taken on paper, it can be printed and delivered to candidates.

This article explains how to create a Paper and Onscreen test with the Test Wizard, including how to create paper tests using dynamic rules. For more information about the Paper and Onscreen test type, read About test types in the Test Wizard.

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 test with the Test Wizard.

3. Choose your test type

In the Test Wizard dialog, select Paper and Onscreen to create a paper and onscreen test.

Select Continue.

4. Choose your items

IMPORTANT: Any items containing source material or media cannot be added to Paper and Onscreen tests.
NOTE: You can add a maximum of 100 items to a test created with the Test Wizard.

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.

TIP: Select Preview to preview your items at any time.

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 are chosen from that folder.

Adding sections to a test

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

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

Select to continue.

5. Choose cover pages and additional text

In the Cover Pages and Additional Text screen, you can choose to add cover pages and additional text to your test.

NOTE: Cover pages must be uploaded as DOCX files.

Candidate Cover

You can add a Candidate Cover to provide information to candidates at the start of a test. Select Upload to attach a cover page.

Teacher Cover

You can add a Teacher Cover to provide information to teachers at the start of a test. Select Upload to attach a cover page.

Additional Text

To include text at the end of a paper test, select the checkbox and enter your text into the formatting text box. This text can be a set of instructions. If your test includes sections, you can include text at the end of each section.

Select to continue.

6. Configure your test settings

You can configure your test and test form settings in the Settings screen. For more information about tests and test forms, read About tests and test forms.

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 Style The test’s navigation style.
Test Profile The test profile applied to the test. For more information, read About test profiles.
Test Availability The period of time in which the test is available for scheduling. 

Test form details

Detail Description
Test Form Name The test form’s name.
Test Form Reference The test’s unique alphanumeric reference code.
Test Form Status The test’s workflow status (Draft or Live).
Grade Boundary Type The type of grade boundary. The default grade boundary types are: Score and Percentage.
Grade Boundaries

The test form’s grade boundaries. You can set up to ten custom grade boundaries for your test form. Grade boundaries can be defined on either percentages or numerical scores. For more information, read Setting up grade boundaries.

Select Add to add more custom grade boundaries.

Select to continue.

7. Review your test

You can review your test in the Review screen.

Viewing your items

In the Items tab, you can review the items in your test.

Viewing the test summary

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

8. Create your paper and onscreen test

Select Create Test  to create your test.

Select Confirm to confirm you want to create your test. You are notified if your test is created successfully. You can continue to edit the test in the Test Wizard, but it cannot be amended if it is edited in Test Creation.

Select Close Test to return to the Subjects screen.

9. Download your test

When you have created your test, the Download Candidate Paper and Download Teacher Paper options are available in the Generation tab. For more information, read ‘Choose your test download type’ in the Downloading printable tests with the Test Wizard article.

10. Generate dynamic paper tests

If your test contains dynamic content, you can generate multiple versions of your test after it has been created.

When candidates have sat paper tests, their responses can be uploaded into Surpass and marked onscreen using the Upload OMR Results functionality. For more information, read Uploading OMR Results in the Results screen.