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Exam Sections can be used to group items together, or to administer parts of the exam form in separate batches.

You can add, remove, and reorder items on exam sections from the Create/Edit Exam Section page.

Add an exam section

  1. Select the Create Exam Form → Add Section menu.
  2. Enter the Section Name for the exam section. The section name must be unique within the project.
  3. You can also specify the QTI Ident in the Section ident text box. This saves you the trouble of specifying it later in the Exam Editor on the Delivery Configuration Tool (QTI Builder) page before exporting the QTI Package containing the section.

    If you do not specify any QTI Ident for the section in the application, the Exam Editor displays a blank in the Ident field. When you specify text in this Ident field and click the Save button, it is saved in the QTI Package template for that particular section and becomes the section name for the particular section that will be used in the exported QTI Package. That particular section itself retains its original QTI Ident from the application (if any is specified on the Create/Edit Exam Section page as detailed earlier) and the new ident is only applicable to that section contained in the exported QTI Package.

  4. The Use External Id instead of Question Id when available shows the external Question ID in the Question field. This option is only used for a QTI output.

  5. The Allow enemy questions on this section check box, when selected, allows items with enemy association to be included in the same section. 


    The Allow Enemy questions on this section check box is displayed as selected and grayed out on the View Exam Sections page for exam sections saved with this option selected.


    Allow Enemies questions on this section check box on the Create/Edit Exam Section page provides a mechanism to identify if items being added to an exam section have enemy association with each other. This check box is not selected by default. The state of this check box is maintained once an exam section is saved.

    An error message is generated specifying details about the items having enemy association when this check box is not selected and the Save button is clicked after selecting items with enemy association. These error messages appear on various pages as mentioned below.



    If you try to add items with enemy association, while creating an exam section, and the Allow Enemy questions on this section check box is not selected and you click the Save button, then an error message in red informs you about the Item IDs of the enemy items. The exam section is not created.

    Click the validation rules link in the error message to view which items are breaking the validation rules. Click Close when you are done viewing the message.

    If you repeat the above after selecting the Allow Enemy questions on this section check box, then a message identifies the section contains enemy content. The exam section is created with the items having enemy association.

    Click the enemy content link to view the contents that are enemies. Click Close when you are done viewing the message.

  6. You can search for items to add to the exam section in the Select Questions tab.

    1. Set the search criteria using the fields in the Add Questions tab.


      For more details, refer to Search for Items.

    2. Click Retrieve Questions. The items that meet the criteria are displayed in the lower half of the page.


      All states of items except Draft, Imported, Rejected, and Obsolete state are displayed in these search results.

      Stems of R-Type items do not show up in the Item search results.

      All case items (Display-Type Exhibits) do not show up in the item search results.

      The search results can be sorted by clicking on the column headers. Clicking a header a second time sorts the items in reverse order.

       How does the selection and pagination of search results work?

      Users can optimize the number of search items per page by selecting a value from the Items Per Page drop-down; this number ranges from 10 to 50 per page. The default number is 20.

      The selected number of search items is displayed in the grid below the drop-down.

      The search items per page can be changed and viewed at any time for the user's convenience.

      The search results are listed on multiple pages according to the selected number of Items Per Page in the drop-down, if the total number of search items resulting from the search criteria exceeds the selected number of items per page.

      The user can also directly jump to another page of the search results grid by clicking its corresponding link above the search results grid.

      The Selection drop-down in the left of the header row has four selection options: None, Some, Page, and All.

      This Selection drop-down is present on pages in which users need to select multiple search items for use such as viewing, modifying, etc.

      The Selection drop-down options perform the following functions:

      NoneAll items in the list across all pages of the search results grid are deselected.

      All items on the currently visible page of the search results grid are selected.

      If you move to another page of the search results grid, you will see that none of the items on that page are selected, but the items selected on the earlier page are still retained.


      This selection appears when you manually select a few items from the list by selecting their corresponding check boxes. This selection also appears if you select Page from the drop-down and then increase the Items per page, or if you select All from the drop-down and then deselect any item on the search results page.

      It is also possible to select items across multiple pages of the search results grid by simply making the selection on one page and moving on to another - the item selection made on the earlier page is retained even if you move to another page to make additional selections.


      All items in the list across all pages of the search results grid are selected.

      Even when moving to any other page of the search results grid, all the items on that new page are also selected.

      The selection drop-down remains as All if any of the items are not deselected, and it changes to Some if any of the items on any of the pages of the search results grid are deselected. Furthermore, if the deselection is made on the first page of the search results grid, then all the items on other pages are deselected. However, if you move to another page of the search results grid while the selection drop-down is All and deselect any item, the selection drop-down for that page changes to Some, while all items on the remaining pages remain selected with the selection drop-down selection showing as Page on those pages.

    3. Select the  check box to the left of the item to add it in the section.


      You can add stand-alone itemsall the items from a case, or a subset of items from a case. For example, you may have a case that groups a set of items regarding Geography. In one section, you may only want to include the questions regarding South American Geography. You can select only those items that pertain to South American Geography. All items that belong to a case are identified in the Case column. The Case column is blank for stand-alone items.

      When items are added to the section, the following rules are followed:

      • First, all stand-alone items are added and sorted by Question ID in ascending order.
      • Second, case items are added and sorted by Case Name in ascending order and then by case item in ascending order.
      • Third, if items already exist on the section, any new items are added to the end of the section following the rules listed above.

    4. Click Add Contents to add the selected items to the section.

  7. The Contents tab displays the items that have been added to the section.

    The message at the top of the window identifies the types of items that have been added to the section (case and/or stand-alone), and it identifies if a subset of items from a case have been added to the section.

    The Contents tab includes following features

    RemoveRemove the corresponding item.
    Question IDDisplays the System generated ID for the item. If there are items in multiple languages, the ID is appended with ".language".
    StateDisplays the current state of the item.
    CaseDisplays the name of the case, if an item is on a case. This field is blank for stand-alone items. You can click the Case name link to view the case details in a pop-up window.
    StemDisplays the Question stem. You can click the Question stem link to view the Question Summary in a pop-up window.
    Sort Order & Sort button
    Select the desired column by which you want to sort the items from the Sort Order drop-down list and click the Sort button.
    Randomize OrderClick the Randomize Order link to randomly rearrange the order of the items. You can also manually drag items in the list to change the order of the items.


    The AngOff value displayed on the top right is calculated from the individual AngOff values of the selected items, including items in selected cases.


    The  Scroll icon can be clicked to toggle enable/disable scrolling of the selected items list on the Contents tab, when the number of selected items exceeds the tab height. Scrolling is enabled by default and a small scrollbar appears on the right when required. When a user clicks the Scroll icon to disable scrolling, the list of all the selected items appear on the same page and you may be required to use the browser's vertical scrolling capability to view the entire list.

  8. Click Save once you are satisfied with the contents on the exam section. The Exam Sections page now lists your section.



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