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

Access the Batch Edit page

  1. Select the Manage → Project Bank menu.
  2. Enter Search criteria and click Retrieve Questions.
  3. Select the desired Questions and click 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.

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 drop-down 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 drop-down.

    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 Rich Text Editor Functions and Insert and Format Tables for details on working with the Rich Text Editor.

    Clone Questions

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

    A confirmation pop-up window appears with check boxes for StatisticsBlueprint, or Metadata, which must be selected in order to transfer information related to these parameters from the original Question to the cloned Question.

    When you opt to de-select the Statistics check box, and the Question has statistics associated with it via External ID, the statistics are not transferred to the cloned Question, but the External ID is transferred to the cloned Question. In the previous versions of ExamDeveloper, the statistics were transferred to the cloned Question regardless of the state of the Statistics check box.
    You can opt via radio button to make the original Question Obsolete, so that only the cloned Question is active. You can select the second radio button to keep the original Question active so that there are 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 is displayed mentioning the name of the Draft Exam Form/Section. This message is not 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.

    For Questions that belong to a Case, the cloned Question is not part of the original Case.

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

    Click the Add Comment button to add a comment for the Batch edit.

  4. Select the property you want to edit. As you select a property, the editable fields for the property is displayed in the lower half of the page. You may only select one property at a time and make edits.
  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.


If you try and Batch Edit Case Exhibits and Case Questions and try and change the language, you will get varying results.

  • You can change the Language of a Case Exhibit if it has no questions attached to it, and if there is no question in the same translation group with the language already in existence.
  • You are unable to change the Language for a Case Exhibit that has questions on it or Questions on a Case. If you need to change the language of the Case Exhibit or Questions on a Case, you must remove the Questions from the case and then change the Language of the Case Exhibit and the Questions.



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