As a Project Manager in ExamDeveloper, you can improve the quality of items using Exam Advisor™.
Exam Advisor™ helps in enforcing certain best practices in item creation.
Access the Exam Advisor™ page
Select the Manage → Project → Exam Advisor™ menu.
Exam Advisor™ displays several settings that can be enabled for each project:
All of the above
These are not allowed in items.
Both A and B, etc.
Items cannot have two Answer Options labels stated together as an answer in a separate Answer Option. Thus, an item cannot have an Answer Option C with text "A & B" as the correct answer.
Negatively Worded Stems
All of the following, except, and are not are typical of negatively worded stems; these cannot be used.
Comparable option length
Answer Options must be comparable in length as vastly different Option lengths can give away correct answers. Specifically:
Excessive option length
Answer Options must not be excessively long. The average length of the Options should not be greater than 125 characters.
Options with same first words
Items should not have all of their Options beginning with the same two words. It is recommended to place those words into the stem to reduce the length of the Options.
True-False type items are not allowed with this setting.
Sequentially ordered options
If all Options are numeric, it is recommended that they be listed in sequential order - either ascending or descending.
Avoid Always or Never
Items cannot use the words Always or Never with this setting enabled. These words are usually an indicator of a correct or an incorrect response.
Format stem as a Question
The stem must always be framed as an item, not as a statement when this setting is enabled.
Ensures that all Options begin either with an upper-case letter or lower-case letter for consistency. Also informs the user when printing an exam with inconsistent capitalization across items.
Ensures that all options either end with a period or none of them do. Also informs the user when printing an exam with inconsistent punctuation across items.
|None of the above||This is not allowed in Options/distractors.|
|Check for option punctuation with sentence completion stems||Ensure that all Options end with a period (.) when the Stem ends in a colon (:).|
|Check for stem punctuation|
This is related to the how item Stem should end.
If the Stem should end with a Question mark (?), then select the check box available for Question mark (?) .
If the stem should end with a colon (:), then select the check box available for (:) .
If the stem should end with some custom symbol other than a Question mark (?) or colon (:), select the Custom Type Character check box and enter the symbol within the text box, which is enabled only when this check box is selected .
|Check for spaces between sentences|
A single white space must be present after item Stem or Answer Option ends with a period, when these consist of multiple sentences. This is applicable for all except the last sentence.
|Allow options with similar text (case-insensitive)||Items with multiple Answer Options having similar text are allowed, as long as the case of the similar text is different.|
|Disallow Empty Options||MCQ type items are not allowed with blank options.|
To select any of these settings for your project, select the box for each setting and click Update.