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  1. Enter the question candidates must answer in the Question Stem field. Enter the information or objective the candidate needs in order to respond appropriately.
  2. Click the Select/Upload Image button above the Shape Editor to select an image for the item. The supported image types for Point and Click Questions are .JPG, .JPEG, .GIF, .PNG, .BMP, .DCM, . ODG, .TGA, .SVG, and .TIF.
  3. Click the Retrieve Assets button. and then click the Attach Asset  icon for the desired asset.


    For more details on attaching an image, refer to Upload an Asset.

  4. Click OK when the image has been attached message appears and Close the Attach Asset pop-up window.
    The image is added to the Point and Click canvas editor.
  5. Enter the Shape Labels you want to add to the image, one in each shape label field provided. Labels must contain text. You are prevented from submitting the item if any labels are empty.


    The default setting is four Shape Labels, but the writer might choose to add or remove pairs. The minimum number of allowable labels is two. The writer can click the  Add Distractor icon after the stem to add a label and  Remove Distractor icon to remove the corresponding label, if the Allow Differing Option Count setting on the Questions tab of the project's Configuration page is selected.



  6. Select the check boxes for the correct shape label field(s). Leave the check boxes for the incorrect shape labels as unselected.


    In a Hot Spot item that is exported for the Athena test driver, the maximum number of clicks the candidate is able to select must be equal to the number of correct labels set on the item.

  7. Select Hot Spot (default) or Hot Area radio button to determine how the candidate views the item in the Assessment Driver.
    • If Hot Spot is selected, the drop zones are not visible even when the mouse cursor is moved over them. When the candidate clicks on the asset in the Assessment Driver, a point is marked where they clicked. 
    • If Hot Area is selected, the drop zones are displayed as soon as the mouse cursor is moved over them. When the candidate clicks on any of the drop zones in the asset in the Assessment Driver, the entire drop zone is marked and becomes visible.

    In either of the above cases, candidates receive a passing score as long as they click within the drop zone.
    You are now ready to work with the inserted asset.

  8. Using the editor functions described below, create the shaded areas that correspond to the correct response for each label. For every label, there must be a corresponding shape drawn on the image.


    ExamDeveloper provides the tool to create these item types. It is important users realize while creating the item, that this is not necessarily what candidates will view. Rather, the candidate interface is dependent on the Assessment Driver that is used, and can vary between delivery vendors.

    For Point and Click Question Stems, the Asset Manager function is not available.

    The minimum number of shapes required is one.

    The shapes must be drawn within the boundaries of the image.

  9. Specify the Blueprint, Reference, and Metadata for the item (as appropriate).

Editor Functions


When you insert an image, it is display at 100% zoom. If an image is larger than the canvas editing area, a vertical and/or horizontal scroll bar appears allowing users to scroll to view the entire image.

You can use the Image Added Zoom In and Image Added Zoom Out buttons to increase or decrease the size of the image within the Image Annotation editor. This does not change the size of the image, only allows you to zoom in or zoom out on the image.

When you zoom in or out, the percentage goes up or down by 10%. You may manually change the zoom to a specific percentage by typing in the Canvas Zoom field and hitting the Enter key on the keyboard.

Image Added

You may zoom in on an image to as much as 500%, and you may zoom out on an image to as little as 10%.


It is important to create your shapes in the order that corresponds to the Shape Labels. You must have the same number of Shape Labels and Shapes or you are prevented from submitting the item.


  1. Click the Shape menu and select the shape you wish to draw on the image.
  2. Click and drag the mouse to draw an ellipse or rectangle. 

    titleDraw a polygon shape

    To draw a polygon, click on the canvas where you want to start drawing the shape.

    Move the mouse pointer to another spot on the canvas and click. A single line is drawn.

    Move the mouse pointer to another spot on the canvas and click. A second line is drawn that is connected to the first line.

    Continue to move the mouse and click until all the desired lines are drawn.

    Double-click to complete the polygon. When you double-click, ExamDeveloper draws a line from the point on the canvas where you double-clicked to the starting point of the polygon.

    After drawing a polygon, if you want to select an existing shape on the canvas, click the Shape → Select menu option. This deactivates the polygon drawing menu so you can select any of the shapes that have been drawn.


    Shapes must be drawn within the bounds of the image. You are allowed to draw shapes outside the image, but you are prevented from submitting the item if shapes fall outside the image boundaries.

    You cannot overlap shapes when drawing them, and you cannot drag/move a shape over another shape.

    You are prevented from intersecting lines when drawing a polygon in a Point and Click item type.

  3. To move a shape: Click on the shape (the edit points for the shape are now visible as white boxes). Balance the mouse pointer anywhere on the shape. The mouse changes to a four headed arrow . Click and drag the shape to another location on the image.
  4. To resize a shape: Click on the shape. Balance the mouse pointer over an edit point (the mouse changes to a double headed arrow  when balanced over a boundary point) and click and drag.
  5. To maintain the aspect ratio for rectangle or ellipse when resizing the shape: Balance the mouse pointer over an edit point (the mouse changes to a double headed arrow  when balanced over a boundary point), hold the Shift key on the keyboard, and click and drag.
  6. To change the shape of a polygon: Balance the mouse pointer over an edit point (the mouse changes to a double headed arrow  when balanced over a boundary point) and click and drag.

  7. To select multiple shapes: Click on a shape. Hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and click additional shapes. You may want to delete multiple shapes. Selecting them all at once and then delete them. 
    Note: you are not able to move multiple shapes at the same time. You must move each shape individually.
  8. To delete a shape: Click on a shape. Click the Delete  icon or hit the Delete key on the keyboard.
  9. Replace the background image: Click the Select/Upload Image button. Retrieve or Upload Assets, attach the new asset.


    You can replace the background image for a Point and Click item type.

    Initial background image:

    Swapped background image: shapes remain in the same location

    Note: Be aware that if shapes have been added to the image on the canvas editor, the shapes remain in place when you swap the background image. If the first image was large with shapes outside the standard viewing area of the canvas and you replace the image with a smaller image that fits within the standard canvas viewing area, the shapes remain in place. You must use the scroll bars to locate the shapes and move them within the image boundaries or delete and replace them prior to submitting the item.


    If you zoom in or out on images that include shapes, the shapes retain their proportion to the image size.

    Image Added

Save the Item

You have several options to Save the item.