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The Compound item type allows authors to include multiple response types on one item. Users can author multiple text blocks, add exhibit buttons, and add response buttons.

  1. Select the Develop Questions → Write Item menu.
  2. Click the Write Question link. 
  3. On the Write Question page, select MCQ, One Correct Option from the Question Type drop-down list.

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    Please visit the Language-related features in Items page to learn about the Language Code drop-down list.

    Assigning Weights

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    Weights affect the candidate's score for an item. Assigning weights is optional and can be done via the Weight drop-down list.
    The default selection item is Default, which assigns a score of "1" to the item.

    If you choose to assign custom weight for the item, then you must select Item from the drop-down list. A text box appears next to the drop-down list, where you can enter the weight value for the item.

    Item weight can be a positive decimal or integer value. It can range from ".001" to "9999".

Create a Compound Item

  1. Add the Question Stem to the Compound Item type. This is the only mandatory field in this item type.
  2. Add Buttons or Text to the item.

Add a Button to an item

Multiple buttons may be added to a Compound item. The button opens a pop-up window when the candidate clicks the button.

  • Click the Add drop-down arrow and select Button from the list.

    A button is added below the Question Stem.

Specify Window Content

The Window Content tabs allows to you specify the type of item you want open when candidates click the button. You can select Exhibit Reference, Constructed Response / Oral, or Spreadsheet.

  1. Click the button. The Properties dialog box opens to the Window Content tab.
  2. Click the Content drop-down arrow and select one of the content options:

    Exhibit Reference: You can add an Exhibit (Display only type item) that was previously created.

    1. Type the Item ID or text from the Question Stem into the Add item text field. The system searches for items matching the search criteria you typed.
    2. Click the desired Item in the drop-down list that appears.
    3. The Item is listed in the Properties window. Click Save.


Constructed Response / Oral: See Constructed Response or Oral topic for details on authoring a constructed response / oral type items.

    1. Create a Constructed Response  / Oral type item.

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      If you Upload Assets to the Text field of the Constructed Response / Oral type item, a message notifies you that the uploaded files have been attached.

      If the asset requires mandatory metadata, the metadata pop-up window opens where you must add the mandatory metadata and then Save. The same message notifies you the files have been attached.

    2. Click Save.


Spreadsheet: See Spreadsheet topic for details on authoring a spreadsheet type item.

    1. Create a Spreadsheet type item.
    2. Click Save.

 

3. Click Save to return to the Write Question page.

Set Button Properties

Users can specify how the button looks and how it appears on the item.

  1. On the Write Question page, click the Button.
  2. Select the Button Properties tab in the Properties dialog box.


    FeatureDescription
    Button Label

    Enter the Title for the button using the Button label field. The button auto sizes to the label text if the Button Width and Button Height are not defined.
    For Exhibit References if the Button Label and Button Normal Image fields are left blank, the default "easel" image and the default text "Exhibit" are placed on the button.

    For Constructed Response / Oral and Spreadsheet type items, the button is empty if no label is defined in the Button Label field.

    Button Normal ImageAn existing Asset from the project can be used as the normal state button image using the Button Normal Image field. This button image is visible to the candidate if the mouse pointer is not hovering over the button.

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    The Image is placed to the left of the label on the button. If the button height and width are not set, the button auto sizes to accommodate the size of the normal image. If a large button image is selected and the button height and width are set smaller than the size of the image, the button image is cut off and the Button Label is not displayed.

    Note: There is no way to delete the button image once it has been added. You must delete this button and add a new button if you do not want to include an image on the button.
    Button Rollover ImageAn existing Asset from the project can be used as the rollover state button image using the Button Rollover Image field. This button image is visible to the candidate when the mouse pointer hovers over the button.

    Note: If the Button Normal Image is larger than the Button Rollover Image, when candidates hover the mouse pointer over the button, the button size remains larger and the smaller rollover image is top-left aligned in the button. If the Button Normal Image is smaller than the Button Rollover Image, when candidates hover the mouse pointer over the button, the button size remains smaller and the rollover image is cut off. We recommend that both the Button Normal Image and Button Rollover Image be the same size to prevent this behavior.

    Note: There is no way to delete the button image once it has been added. You must delete this button and add a new button if you do not want to include an image on the button.
    HotkeyA single character alphanumeric value can be specified as a keyboard hotkey in conjunction with the ALT key for the candidate to open the pop-up window without clicking its button.
    Button WidthEnter the pixel width of the button. This can be any non-zero integer or can be left blank. If left blank, the button is displayed using the default settings. The button auto sizes to the Button Label or Button Normal Image size if the Button Width and Button Height are not defined.
    Button Border ColorSelect one of the predefined colors from the Button Border Color drop-down list, or enter the Hex value for the desired color in the Button Border Color text field.

    Note: If Show Border is set to False, the button border is not displayed even though a button border color was defined.
    Button Foreground ColorSelect one of the predefined colors from the Button Foreground Color drop-down list, or enter the Hex value for the desired color in the Button Foreground Color text field. The button foreground color is the color of the button text visible to the candidate if the mouse pointer is not hovering over the button.
    Button AlignmentThe Button Alignment setting specifies the placement of the button within the paragraph. The available options are left, center, or right.
    Show Button LabelThe Show Button Label setting specifies if the button label will be displayed. The available options are True and False.

    If you add a Button Label and set Show Button Label to False, ExamDeveloper produces an error. This is not a valid configuration.

    For Exhibit References the Show Button Label can only be set to False if no label is defined in the Button Label field. A False value removes the default "Exhibit" label.

    You cannot set both Show Button Label and Show Button Image to False when the Button Label field is empty. ExamDeveloper produces an error. This is not a valid configuration.
    Show Button ImageThe Show Button Image setting specifies if the button image is displayed. The available options are True and False.

    If you add a Button Normal Image and set Show Button Image to False, ExamDeveloper produces an error. This is not a valid configuration.

    For Exhibit References the Show Button Image can only be set to False if no Button Label and no Button Normal Image are defined. A False value removes the default "easel" image.

    You cannot set both Show Button Label and Show Button Image to False when the Button Label field is empty. ExamDeveloper produces an error. This is not a valid configuration.
    Show BackgroundThe Show Background setting specifies if the button background color is displayed. The available options are True and False.
    Show BorderThe Show Border setting determines if the button border is displayed. The available options are True and False.
    Button heightEnter the pixel height of the button. This can be any non-zero integer or can be left blank. If left blank, the button is displayed using the default settings. The button auto sizes to the Button Label or Button Normal Image size if the Button Width and Button Height are not defined.
    Button Background ColorSelect one of the predefined colors from the Button Background Color drop-down list, or enter the Hex value for the desired color in the Button Background Color text field. The Button Background Color is the color of the button visible to the candidate.

    Note: If Show Background is set to False, the button color is not displayed even though a button background color was set.
    Button Rollover ColorSelect one of the predefined colors from the Button Rollover Color drop-down list, or enter the Hex value for the desired color in the Button Rollover Color text field. The Button Rollover Color is the color of the button text visible to the candidate when the mouse pointer is hovering over the button.
    Button Label AlignmentThe Button Label Alignment setting specifies the placement of the text on the button. The available options are left, center, or right.



  3. Set any of the desired Button Properties.

Upload Button Images

    1. Click the Browse button to add a Button Normal Image or Button Rollover Image
    2. Search for the desired image using the filters.
    3. Click the Blue Check Mark  button next to the desired image.
    4. Close the Attach Asset dialog box and click OK in the message box that states the image has been attached.

4. Click Save to return to the Write Question page.

Set Window Properties

Users can specify how the pop-up window looks when it is opened in the exam.

  1. On the Write Question page, click the Button.
  2. Select the Window Properties tab in the Properties dialog box.
  3. Set any of the desired Window Properties.

    FeatureDescription
    Window Title

    Enter the Title for the Exhibit Window using the Window Title field.
    For Exhibit Reference, if no window title is defined, the default title "Exhibit" is listed in the title bar of the window.

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    Compound items with Exhibit reference Window Titles added append "-Exhibit ID" to the Window name when you export the QTI. In the following example the Question ID "760468" is appended to the Window title as "Exhibit Window-760468".


    For Constructed Response / Oral, if no window title is defined the default title "ItemContent" is listed in the title bar of the window.


    For Spreadsheet, if no window title is defined the default title "ItemContent" is listed in the title bar of the window.

     

    Window HeightYou can specify how large the pop-up window is when the candidate clicks the button. The Window Height is a percentage of your screen resolution on the exam delivery workstation. This can be any non-zero integer or can be left blank.
    Require complete exhibit displayUse the Require Complete Exhibit Display option to require candidates to view the entire pop-up exhibit window before submitting the answer to the current questions. The available options are True and False.
    Window Position

    The Window Position option identifies where the window opens on the screen when users click the button on the exam item. The available options are top-left, top-center, top-right, center-left, center-center, center-right, bottom-left, bottom-center, and bottom-right.

    Window WidthYou can specify how large the pop-up window is when the candidate clicks the button. The Window Width is a percentage of your screen resolution on the exam delivery workstation. This can be any non-zero integer or can be left blank.



  4. Click Save to return to the Write Question page.

Add Text to an Item

Multiple Text sections can be added to a Compound item. These may be used to create separate Question Stems in the compound item.

  1. Click the Add drop-down arrow and select Text from the list.

  2. Enter the desired text into the Text field.

Move Buttons and Text in the Compound Item

Once buttons or text have been added to a compound item, they can be moved up or down.

Click the Move Up or Move Down arrow for the desired text or button.

All items may be moved, even the Question Stem field.

Add Custom Response Ident

Users can customize the Response Ident to make it easier to locate the response once the candidate has supplied an essay or spreadsheet response. By default, if the item has not been saved, the response ident is _R1_R2_R3, etc. when you add multiple response buttons. If the item has been saved the Response ident is <Question number>_R1, <Question number>_R2, etc.

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Item Response Ident must be unique within the entire exam. ExamDeveloper does not prompt you if multiple items have the same Ident, but when you compile the exam the driver produces an error notifying you that items have duplicate idents.

 

  1. Save the Compound type item so a Question Number is assigned to the item.
  2. Select the Custom Response Ident check box.
  3. Click the button with Constructed Response / Oral or Spreadsheet type pop-up. The Window Content tab opens.
  4. For Constructed Response / Oral, expand the Response Properties. The Ident for the response is the <Question number>_Rx


    For Spreadsheet responses, the Custom Ident is the <Question number>_Rx.
  5. Type in the new Ident name.

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    The Custom Response Ident field must be unique within the exam. Therefore, if more than one response button is included in the item, the ident must be unique for each response button within the exam.

    Any alphanumeric character (A - Z, 0 - 9), hyphens, and underscores may be included in the Ident name. Spaces are not allowed in the Ident names.

  6. Click Save.

Delete Buttons and Text in the Compound Item

All buttons and text in Compound type items except for the Question stem may be deleted. You cannot delete the Question Stem.

Click the Delete  button  for the desired text or button.

Save the Item

You have several options to Save the item.

  1. Click the Add Question to Case button save the item and create a new case. The item is automatically attached to the case. Only users with permission to create cases see this button.
  2. Click the Save button. The item is saved and the item is checked-out preventing other users from making edits to the item. You remain on the Write Question page where further edits can be made to the item.
  3. Click the Preview button. Changes to the item are saved, the item is checked-out, and the item is opened in the Preview window. Only users with permission to preview items see this button.
  4. To save an incomplete item, click Save and Exit. The item is saved in a Draft state and checked-in so any user with access to the item may make edits to the item. It is visible in the Draft/Returned Questions tab of the Project Writing Summary page.
  5. To submit the item for review, click Submit. The item is saved and checked in so any users with access to the item may make edits to the item. The item is advanced to the next reviewer in the list or to the next stage in the workflow.



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