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 You can change multiple properties of selected Questions on the Batch Edit page.

To access the Batch Edit page:

Click Search Questions page → Batch Edit


As Project Manager, you do not have to move Questions back to the Review state if you are the one who is going to make the changes. You can make changes using the Question Bank page regardless of the state of the Question, with the exception of Locked Questions, which must first be Cloned.

To edit multiple Questions at a time:

  1. Search for Questions.


    For details, refer to Searching Questions.

  2. Select the Questions you want to Examine.
  3. Click Batch Edit. The Batch Edit page appears.


The Batch Edit page has the following features:


Changes you can make

Blueprint ID

Select the Blueprint ID from a dropdown list to be applied to the selected Questions.


Add References to the selected Questions.

Shuffle Response

Enable (Yes) or disable (No) shuffle response for the selected questions. If Not Set is selected, shuffle response is disabled.


Change the state of the selected Questions.

Part of Collection

Make the selected Questions part of an existing Collection selected via a dropdown.

Find and replace question text

Change the Question text by using Find and replace Question text feature for all of the selected Questions.

Insert the text to be replaced in Text to replace field, and insert the text to replace with in Text replace with field.


You can apply a Language of all the selected Questions by selecting this checkbox. A drop-down appears listing all the Languages from the current Item Bank for you to choose one.


You can assign either Split Screen or Popup Exhibits to the selected items.

Randomize Options

You can randomize the order of the answer options for the selected questions.

Add Calculator

You can add a calculator to the selected items.

Note: If you add a calculator to an item, you must add the calculator to the Exam Level or you will receive a QTI Compilation error. See PearsonvueApplication (Calculator) topic for details on adding calculators to the exam level.

Minimum Response

You can set the minimum number of correct response options a candidate can select for an MCQ, Multiple Correct Options question.

See the Advanced Configuration Properties topic for details.

Maximum Response

You can set the maximum number of correct response options a candidate can select for an MCQ, Multiple Correct Options question.

See the Advanced Configuration Properties  topic for details.

Blocktext Metadata

As of the 1809 release, the Rich Text Editor for Blocktext Metadata was updated.

See sections New Rich Text Editor Functions and Insert tables in the post-1809 Rich Text Editor for details on working with the new Rich Text Editor.

Clone Questions

Clones the selected Questions. Please note that the original Question and its clone will become Enemies. The Enemies of the original Question will also become the Enemies of the cloned Question.

A confirmation popup window will appear with checkboxes for StatisticsBlueprint, or Metadata, which must be checked in order to transfer information related to these parameters from the original Question to the cloned Question.

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

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


Questions in Obsolete state can only be cloned with batch edits. No other actions under batch edits are permissible.

Copy statistics from last versionClicking this link will copy the statistics from the last version of the Question containing statistics, to the current version.


4. Select the properties you want to edit. As you keep selecting properties, the editable fields for each property are displayed in the lower half of the page.


5. Edit the properties as required.

6. Click Preview Edits.

7. Batch Edit page is displayed notifying the user about the number of Questions affected and the criteria to be modified.


8. If you wish to edit more properties for the same selected set of Questions, click Re-Edit instead of Save. Once you have made the necessary edits, you can click Preview Edits to return to the page as in step 7 to finalize the batch edits.

9. Click Save to save the changes for the Questions selected from the Project Bank page.

10. Click Search for more Questions to navigate back to the Question Bank page to search for more Questions to be batch edited with the same changes.



During Batch Edit, when you try to save a group of Questions and if at least one of these Questions versions has Statistics tied to it, you will be prompted with radio button choices for Retain Statistics or Do not retain Statistics, user is required to have permission to modify the Question.

Retain Statistics: the Statistics of the Question prior to modifications are inherited by the modified Question.

Do not retain Statistics: the Statistics field of the modified Question becomes blank.


The radio buttons to confirm whether or not to retain statistics while trying to save Questions with statistics after batch editing, is not shown if the Show 'Retain Statistics' pop-up warning for modified items check box on the Project tab of the Project's configuration page is not selected. This check box is enabled by default, and therefore the radio buttons also appear by default.

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