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  1. Select the items you want to examine by selecting the box for each desired item.

    titleHow does the selection and pagination of search results work?

    Excerpt Include Search Results Pagination and Selection


    When you select the required item(s) and then click the Generate Reports button, you are taken to the Custom Reports page, where you can select Custom ReportBlueprint Validation Angoff Information by Item, or Question Longitudinal Analysis report.

    You can read about custom reports in the Custom Reports topic, about question longitudinal analysis report in the Question Longitudinal Analysis Report topic, and about blueprint validation angoff Information by Item in the Blueprint Validation Angoff Information by Item topic.

    titleTranslation of Items - which method to use?

    There are two methods for translating items, one via the SDL Trados translation software accessed using the Translate button on the Search Questions page, and one via side by side translation on the Develop Questions Translate Translate Questions page. Users must be assigned the Translate permission, and they must be given a Translate assignment to translate the item to a specific language using side by side translation.

    Note: The translate side by side functionality was moved from the Search Questions page to the to the Develop Questions Translate Translate Questions page in the 1909 release.

    The Translate button on the Search Questions page allows translation of selected items from one language to another. The Translate button exports the selected items to be translated using SDL Trados translation software. The advantage of the SDL Trados method is that it is possible to store and use translation memories. Translation memories are pairs of segments of translated text, which are stored when translation is made the first time, and then can be reused as a whole when the same block of text appears for translation.

    Click Item Translation using SDL Trados Studio to learn more about the Translate button function.

    The Translate Side by Side option allows users with the Translate permission and a Translate assignment to translate right within the ExamDeveloper application. The advantage of side by side translation is that you are not required to import or export anything for translation and also do not require any additional translation software. Users are responsible for entering accurately translated content directly into the ExamDeveloper user interface.

    Click Translate Side by Side functionality to learn more about side by side translation functionality.

  2. Click the Examine Questions button. The Examine Questions page opens.

    The status of the item is indicated in red text above the Question summary. All information about the item, including its metadata and history, are displayed below the item.


    If another user has the item checked out or they check-out an item while you are viewing the item on the Examine Questions page, a message notifies you that the item is checked out, "<first name> <last name> checked out item 12345 on MMM DD, YYYY at HH:MM." The Return to Author, and Modify buttons, and the Change State button are all disabled as long as the item is checked-out. Project Managers can override the item check-out by clicking the Check-in button.

    If the other user checks in the item by changing its state, by Advancing or Returning the item, of if the system automatically checks-in the item, the message at the top of page disappears and all the edit buttons are enabled.


    When you are examining an item and another user has checked out the same item for modification, when the person editing saves the changes to the item a new version of the item is created. A near real-time notification appears at the top of the page letting you know the item has been updated. You must click the Refresh the page link to load the latest data.


    If the item is editable in another project, only comments can be added to the item and no other changes can be made.

    If the item is in a Draft state with incomplete asset(s), and there are no Review States, the error message, "Some associated Assets are not yet complete or don't have required Metadata on them," is displayed. Question State drop-down is hidden.

    If the item is in a Draft state with incomplete asset(s), and there are Review States available, the error message, "State changes other than Review not allowed. Some associated Assets are not yet complete or don't have required Metadata on them," is displayed. Question State drop-down contains Review States.

    If the item is in a Review/Rejected state with incomplete asset(s), the error message, "State changes other than Review not allowed. Some associated Assets are not yet complete or don't have required Metadata on them," is displayed. Question State drop-down contains Review States.


    If the item stem contains a video file, users can use the Click to Play link to launch the video in a new tab. If the you have inserted a Flash video that the video player does not support, a message states, "Can not play this file". You must click the Download File link to view the video outside of ExamDeveloper.

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    The case details are displayed as a separate section Belongs To Case for items belonging to any case. This case section also displays other items contained in the case.

    Click the  Edit Case icon to open the Edit Case pop-up window as shown below. Here you can modify the Exhibit text (as long as the item is editable in the project and not obsolete). You cannot modify the case name, or the Exhibit ID. You also cannot add or remove items present on the case. 


    Click the Click to View Full Size button to open a pop-up or a new tab to display the respective image in full size (dimensions).

    Click the Download File button to begin downloading the respective image with original size and dimensions.

    If there are more than one asset attached to an item then those assets are listed in alphabetical order and they can be viewed in full size or to downloaded.

    The above is applicable for assets on question stems and answer options, as well as on cases that contain the items.


    If Restrictions have been applied to Fill in the Blank type items, balance your mouse pointer over the Information icon and a pop-up Restrictions table lists the restrictions for the answer option.


The Question Metadata tab on the Examine Questions page displays data about the retrieved item including its Blueprint Question ID, Question  Blueprint ID, Metadata, References, and Membership. The membership link pop-up displays details about the exam, its sections, enemies etc..

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References for items, keys, and distracters distractors are listed on the Question Metadata tab in the right column.


  1. Click the Clone button. A confirmation pop-up window appears with check boxes for Statistics, Blueprint, or Metadata,or Comments (excluding External ID) which must be selected in order to transfer information related to these parameters from the original item to the cloned item.

    When you opt to deselect the Statistics check box, and the item has statistics associated with it via External ID, the statistics are not transferred to the cloned item, but the External ID is transferred. In the previous versions of ExamDeveloper, the statistics used to get transferred to the cloned item regardless of the state of the Statistics check box. You can opt via radio button options to make the original Question Obsolete, so that only the cloned Question is active. You can select the second radio button instead, to keep the original item also active so that there are two active versions of the same item in the Item Bank.


    When you choose to transfer comments to the cloned item, all comments (excluding the comment External ID) are cloned to the new item. The external ID for the comment is not copied over to the cloned item.

  2. You must decide what to do with the original item when you make a clone of it. You can can make the original item obsolete, or keep the original item active in the item bank and you will have two active versions of the item.

  3. Click OK to save the changes, or Cancel to discard them and return to the Examine Questions page.


    The cloned item is added to the project in a Draft state.

    Please note that the original item and its clone become Enemies, and the enemies of the original item also become the enemies of the cloned item.

    If an item belongs to a case, the original item still belongs to the case but the cloned item does not belong to the case.

    If the item being cloned is part of a Draft Exam Form/Section, a warning message is displayed mentioning the name of the Draft Exam Form/Section. This message is not displayed if the item is part of a published Exam Form/Section.

    Users are prevented from cloning an item that is currently checked out to another user if you attempt to make the original item obsolete. A red message box notifies you that the item is checked out to another user. You cannot change the state of the original item to obsolete if another user has the item checked out.

    titleWhen would I use a clone?

    A clone might be used in the event that someone wants to modify an item without affecting the item already present in any existing modules.


    When you clone an item that is part of a case, the item is cloned but it does not belong to the case.