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Point and Click Questions requires the examinee to interact with an image in order to provide a response.

From Develop Questions → Write Item, click Write Question. In the Write Question page, select Point and Click from the Question Type dropdown list.

For Point and Click Questions, the examinee is asked to click on an area or point of the image, corresponding to the information provided in the Question stem.

The Question author will specify one or more area(s)/point(s) on the image to identify a correct response. ExamDeveloper provides an interface for users to create the Questions. How they are presented to the examinee depends on the Assessment Driver used to deliver the Exam. An Assessment Driver is software owned by a test delivery provider used to present Questions to examinees.

Support can vary among test delivery providers


Each test delivery company has their own Assessment Driver which takes Exam content, displays it to examinees, and scores their responses. While this is relevant for all types of Questions, this is especially important to consider when using the Point and Click Question type. Many companies have limitations on their support for this type of Question, so it is very important to check with your test delivery provider about their level of support for this type of Question before using them on Exams they deliver on your behalf.

The Point and Click Question editor requires the Flash plug-in version 10 or later to be installed in the user's browser. If you do not see the shape editor shown below, you need to install the latest version of Adobe Flash on your computer.




Please visit the 2.3.5 Language-related features in Questions page to learn about the Language Code dropdown.

To create Point and Click Questions:

  1. In the Question Stem, enter the information or objective that the examinee will need in order to respond appropriately.
  2. Enter the labels that you would like to add to the image, one in each shape label field provided.



    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 icon after the stem to add a label and  delete icon to remove the corresponding label, if Allow Differing Option Count is checked in the Questions tab of the Project's Configuration page.

    For Point and Click Questions it is not mandatory to define the label text although it may be useful for illustration purposes. The Label text will not be visible to the examinee.

    The Label text can be of unlimited length unlike the 50-character limit enforced in previous versions of ExamDeveloper.

  3. Select the checkboxes for the correct shape label field(s). Leave the checkboxes for the incorrect shape labels as unchecked.


    An examinee clicking the shape labels marked correct, will score as many points as the total of their weightages. An examinee clicking even a single incorrect shape label will score 0.

  4. Select Hot Spot (default) or Hot Area radio button to determine how the examinee will view the Question in the Assessment Driver. If Hot Spot is selected, the drop zones will not be visible even when  the mouse cursor is moved over them. If Hot Area is selected, the drop zones will be displayed as soon as the mouse cursor is moved over them.
  5. Click Select/Upload Image to select an image for the Question. The supported image types for Point and Click Questions are JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and TIF.
  6. Using the editor functions described below, create the shaded areas that correspond to the correct response for each label. For every label, there has to be a corresponding shape drawn on the image.
  7. Specify the Blueprint, Reference, and Metadata for the Question (as appropriate) and submit the Question.



Weights affect the examinee’s total score on a Question, depending on which and how many are answered correctly or incorrectly.

ExamDeveloper provides the tool to be able to create these Question types. It is important that the users realize this is not what examinees will see when they create the Questions. Rather, the examinee interface is dependent on the Assessment Driver that is used, and can vary between delivery vendors.

For Point and Click Questions, 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.

The location of the shapes are only displayed to the Question author, and will not be visible to the examinee.

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


Editor Functions

  1.   You can use the  button to get a set of  Panning Tools left, right, up and down used to pan the image.
  2. The arrows at the edges of the drawing canvas indicate the direction in which a large image extends beyond the canvas view port bounds.   Use these guides to know the direction in which to pan to see more of an image.
  3. Click the  button to reveal a set of  Zoom controls. These controls can be used to zoom in and out of the editor canvas as required.
  4. The  Reset tool on the far right should be used to reset the canvas zoom to normal view (100%) and clear all shapes defined so far.
  5. Use the  Shape drawing tools to create primary geometric shapes on the canvas - ellipse, rectangle, and polygon.
  6. To use these tools, select a shape then click-drag on the image canvas to introduce the shape. Remember, you need to drag the mouse pointer to create a shape of the size required. A shape cannot be created if it is too small to be practically useful.
  7. The ellipse and rectangle shape drawing tools can be constrained to draw circles and squares by holding down the SHIFT key before click-dragging the mouse pointer.
  8. The polygon tool can support drawing polygons from 3 up to 8 sides. Use the  Numerical Stepper next to the polygon tool to select number of sides required.
  9. Use the  Selection tool to select a shape and move it around the canvas. This tool can also be used to reshape/resize a shape, by selecting the shape and dragging it the provided  vertex(vertices) on the edge of the shape.
  10. Click the  Hint button to learn more about how to use the editor.



A user can click on Submit on Behalf of dropdown control and select one of the user names in the list to submit a Question on behalf of the selected user. The user list contains names of users enabled in the current Project, except the user who has logged in and is viewing the list. The list is displayed in ascending order by last name, first name, and user name. Once you click on the Submit button, the Question will save to the Draft mode and will not list show for current user.


Submit on Behalf of dropdown is not available at the time of Modify Question.


Click the Check All Spellings link to check spellings for text in Stem and Options. The spellings are checked first against the in-built or installed dictionary and then against the words specified for exclusion on the Dictionary tab of your Project's settings.


Keep in mind that in order for users to be able to write these types of Questions, it must be enabled on the Questions tab of the Project's Configuration page. From Manage → Settings → Configuration → Questions → Allow Question types, select Point And Click from the list and click Update. If you do not see this type of Question in the list, please contact your Project Manager to change the Project settings.

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