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

  1. Select the Develop Questions → Write Item menu.
  2. Click the Write Question link. 
  3. On the Write Question page, select Point and Click from the Question Type drop-down list.

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

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

The Question author specifies 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 candidate 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 candidates.

Support can vary among test delivery providers


Each test delivery company has their own Assessment Driver that takes Exam content, displays it to candidates, 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 must install the latest version of Adobe Flash on your computer. Click here to learn how Adobe Flash can be installed and enabled.



When Numeric (1, 2, 3) is selected for the Default option labels setting on the Questions tab of the Project's Configuration page, a message box is displayed as shown below:

Please visit the Language-related features in Questions page to learn about the Language Code drop-down list.

Assigning Weights


Weights affect the examinee’s score for a Question. If weights are assigned to individual Answer Options, they affect the total score of a Question depending on which (and how many) Answer Options are answered correctly or incorrectly. Assigning weights is optional and can be done via the Weight drop-down list.

The default selection item is Default, which assigns a score of "1" to the Question. The candidate scores "1" only when he/she selects all the correct Options and does not select any incorrect Options. Upon selecting even a single incorrect Option, he/she scores "0".

If you choose to assign custom weight for the Question, then you must select Item from the drop-down list. A text box appears adjacent to the drop-down list, where you can enter the weight value for the Question. The candidate scores the specified weight value only when he/she selects all the correct Options and does not select any incorrect Options. Upon selecting even a single incorrect Option, he/she scores "0".


You can assign custom weights to individual Answer Options by selecting Option from the drop-down list. A Weight text box appears next to the Answer Options, where you can enter the weight value for the respective Answer Options. The weight value is a decimal number. Weights assigned to incorrect Answer Options are ignored.

The candidate scores the specified weight value of the correctly answered Option(s), regardless whether he/she also incorrectly answers one or more Options. The maximum score of the Question is equal to the sum of the weight values for the correctly answered Options.

Item weight can be a positive decimal or integer value. It can range from ".001" to "9999".
Option weight can be a positive or negative decimal or integer value. It can range from "-.99" to "9999".


To create Point and Click Questions:

  1. In the Question Stem, enter the information or objective the candidate needs in order to respond appropriately.
  2. Enter the labels you want 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 the Allow Differing Option Count setting on the Questions tab of the Project's Configuration page is selected.

    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 is not 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 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.

  4. Select Hot Spot (default) or Hot Area radio button to determine how the candidate views the Question 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, the examinee scores for a correct shape label as long as he marks within its drop zone.
  5. Click Select/Upload Image to select an image for the Question. The supported image types for Point and Click Questions are .JPG, .JPEG, .GIF, .PNG, .BMP, .DCM, . ODG, .TGA, .SVG, 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 must be a corresponding shape drawn on the image.
  7. Specify the Blueprint, Reference, and Metadata for the Question (as appropriate) and submit the Question.



ExamDeveloper provides the tool to create these Question types. It is important users realize while creating the Question, 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.


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


Editor Functions

  1.   You can use the Pan  button to open 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 Zoom  button to reveal a set of   Zoom controls. These controls can be used to zoom in and out of the editor canvas as required.
    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.
  4. Use the  Shape drawing tools to create primary geometric shapes on the canvas - ellipse, rectangle, and polygon.
  5. To use these tools, select a shape then click-drag on the image canvas to introduce the shape. Remember, you must 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 the provided  vertex (vertices) on the edge of the shape.
  9. Click the  Hint button to learn more about how to use the editor.



A user can click the Submit on Behalf of drop-down 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 for the user currently logged in and viewing the list. The list is displayed in ascending order by last name, first name, and user name. Once you click the Submit button, the Question is saved to the Draft mode and does not show for the current user.


Submit on Behalf of drop-down list is not available at the time of Modify Question.


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


Keep in mind that for users to write this type of Question, 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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