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When you right-click on the ExamForm node, you can add additional content and specifications to your exam, including display items, scoring information, duration information, reporting groups, and pass/fail messages.  To set up your display items (Welcome, Agreements, Main Survey, Closing Message), right-click the exam form name and select Section → Default.  You can then specify the Section Ident and Title.  Additional configuration of sections is available by right-clicking the section once created. After you've created multiple sections, you can drag them around within the QTI Builder pane to order them:

Click on the links below for information regarding the relevant QTI modification:

 Adding Presentation Sections

Click on each of the nodes, and enter in the Ident and provide a Title. The Ident must be unique across the entire exam (including Items). If you have a section with the Ident = “Welcome”, you cannot have an item with the Ident = “Welcome”. The Title can be referenced in the exam if needed. Both the Ident and Title are included in the result file.

More Information:

  • Wildcards can be used to create Form Specific Sections. 
    $ for A, B, C, ...
    # for 1, 2, 3, …

  • Sections can be shared across multiple forms. But when using Preconditions on the NDA, the specific form must be specified. Using a parent Section with a Wild Card allows you to have a Precondition Specific to the form, but allow for shared child sections.

  • The “Keep Together” attribute, when set to “False”, can be used to provide “random random” ordering of the child nodes. This is used when you have multiple child sections but want to randomize the items outside the section blocks. Example: The Section may have 2 child sections. 1 Section could be used for Operational or “Scored” items, and the other is used for Experimental or “Unscored” items. The Experimental items must be randomly mixed in with the Operational items but limited to a particular selection count. (The section has 100 Experimental Items, but you only want to display 10).

Once the Sections are set up, you can drag and drop the sections to order them. Drop sections on top of sections to nest them. Make sure to move the “Placeholder” section under the “Main” section where the sections specified in each of your forms should be placed.

 Configure Section Properties

Right-click on a section to add more attributes to the section.

  • Duration: Time allowed for the section.
  • SelectionOrdering: Ordering of the child nodes.
  • Selection: Number of items displayed. (Blank for all). 

The majority of the Section Attributes are found under the SectionprocExtention/PearsonvueSectionConrol nodes:

  • Duration Adjustment Ratio: The proportion of any time adjustment that should apply to the selected section of assessment.
  • Default Hot keys Enabled(True/False) Indicate whether to use the response ident values as hotkeys.
  • End Assessment(True/False) Allowed to end the exam. Displays the “End Exam” button.
  • End Assessment Resumable: (True/False).
  • Exit Confirmation(True/False)  When set to True, two messages - a warning and a confirmation are displayed to candidates if they attempt to leave a section by clicking the Next button on the last item of the section.
  • Expect Next Assessment(True/False) When set to True, changes the button to Next and notifies the candidate that the exam will continue; otherwise, the End Exam button is displayed.
  • Exposure Controlled(True/False) No longer used. 
  • Presentational: (True/False) Marking as presentational indicates that the test driver should make the candidates aware of the section, displaying ordinal cardinal numbering for its items.
  • Previous Navigation Available(True/False) If set to False, navigation to previously displayed items is disabled. This is typically used with response_required to enforce a single presentation and response opportunity for each item selected.
  • Previous Section Navigation Available(True/False) If set to False, navigation to a previously delivered section is disabled. This is most commonly used to prevent navigation back to a section containing content that could be helpful in the current section.
  • Record Outcome: (True/False) When set to True, results for this section are recorded in the initial results file.
  • Require Complete Exhibits Display(True/False) If True, enforces the display of all exhibit content on each item. This requires candidate to view all tabbed panes, scroll to the full extent of all scrollbars, and play all multimedia clips on exhibits.
  • Require Complete Item Display: (True/False) If True, enforces the display of all item content (excluding exhibits) on first presentation of the item. This requires candidates to scroll to the full extent of all scrollbars and play all audio and video clips completely.
  • Response Required(True/False) If True, candidates must respond completely to the current item before moving off of it.
  • Reviewable(True/False) Indicates whether the section is eligible for review.
  • Navigation mode(linear/non-linear) Specify if candidates are allowed to move freely around exam items (non-linear) or confined to moving only to the next or previous item (linear).
  • Allow Comments(True/False) When set to True, items display a Comment button that candidates can click to type comments in a pop-up window.
  • Shuffle Response(Yes/No) Randomly orders the distractors for each item in the section. (Can be overridden at the item level).
  • No Response Confirmation: (Yes/No) If True, candidates must confirm their desire to move off any item they have not answered completely.
  • Response Confirmation: (Yes/No) If True, candidates are prompted to confirm their response before moving off an item.
  • Breakable(Yes/No) If Yes, a break is allowed at the end of the section if defined in the delivery system.
  • Allowed Elapsed Time Adjustment: (Positive/Negative/All/None) Positive allows adding time. Negative allows subtracting time. All allows both positive and negative adjustments. None disallows adjustments. 
  • Comment Reviewable: (True/False) Indicates whether the section is eligible for comment review. 
  • Static Minimum: The minimum number of items to be delivered in a variable-length exam.
 Set up Scoring

To set up scoring, right-click on the Form and select from the following:





Sum of Score:




The Lookup table can be imported from a delimited file by clicking on the Upload New Entries button, or you can Drag/Drop the file onto the lookup table below.

 Add NDA Evaluator

To add the NDA Evaluator, right-click on the Form and Select “OutcomesProcessingNda”.


Then add the reference to the NDA item(s) in the NDA Item List. The NDA Items must exist in the DT Itembank and must be added to the Template. (Typically in the “Agreements” Section).

 Add Score Report Printing

Right-click on the form and add select “AssessmentExtention”. Next add a “PearsonvuePrint” node for each print scenario. (Pass/FailRefused). A precondition must be set for each scenario covered below. Finally for each Print Node add the “PearsonvuePrintSet” which will be used for each of the print items.


Click on each of the PearsonvuePrintSet nodes and select “Add New Item” to create a new Score Report Item.  

Alternatively, you can reference an item in your exam. (Example: Closing Display Item)


 Add Preconditions

To add a Section Precondition, right-click on the Section and select PearsonvuePrecondition.


Next click on the   Add button to add a precondition. Select the precondition from the Precondition Dialog window.

Common Preconditions:

Passing Grade:

Failing Grade:

Refused the NDA:

Preconditions can be set at the item level. The following is an example NDA item. The condition states that the item will be displayed if:

  1. NDARepeat item has been presented


  2. The response for item NDARepeat (NDARepeat-1) is Equal to “A”.



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