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User's Guide

User's Guide Version 5.5 Version 4.1 Licensed and distributed by Pearson Education Visit the TestGen site
User's Guide Version 5.5 Version 4.1 Licensed and distributed by Pearson Education Visit the TestGen site

Version 5.5

User's Guide Version 5.5 Version 4.1 Licensed and distributed by Pearson Education Visit the TestGen site
User's Guide Version 5.5 Version 4.1 Licensed and distributed by Pearson Education Visit the TestGen site

Version 4.1

Licensed and distributed by Pearson Education Visit the TestGen site at http://www.pearsoned.com/testgen

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Table of Contents

GETTING STARTED

1

ABOUT TESTGEN

1

PACKAGE COMPONENTS

2

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

2

INSTALLING AND STARTING TESTGEN

3

DOWNLOADING FROM THE TESTGEN WEB SITE

5

PASSWORD OPTIONS

6

INSTALLING THE TESTGEN PLUG-IN FOR STUDENTS

7

PRODUCT SUPPORT

8

CREATING TESTS

9

CHOOSING A TEST TYPE

9

CREATING TESTS FOR PAPER

9

CREATING TESTS FOR THE WEB

10

CREATING TESTS FOR QUIZMASTER

12

SAVING AND OPENING TESTS

13

SWITCHING TEST MODES

14

CREATE A TEST STEP-BY-STEP

15

MAIN PROGRAM WINDOW

17

OUTLINE AND QUESTION VIEWS

18

ARRANGING WINDOWS

19

THE TESTBANK WINDOW

20

OPENING A TESTBANK

20

TESTBANK WINDOW

20

SEARCHING A TESTBANK

22

TESTBANK DISPLAY OPTIONS

23

TESTBANK INFO

24

THE TEST WINDOW

25

TEST WINDOW BUTTONS

25

TARGET WINDOW

26

CHOOSING TEST QUESTIONS

27

USING THE TESTGEN WIZARD

27

CHOOSING TEST ITEMS RANDOMLY OR MANUALLY

30

TEST INFO

31

FORMATTING TESTS

32

TEST DISPLAY OPTIONS

32

SORTING TEST QUESTIONS

35

SCRAMBLING TEST QUESTION ORDER

36

TEST HEADERS AND FOOTERS

37

QUESTION TYPE HEADERS

38

PAGE BREAKS

39

ADDING NOTES TO A TEST

39

POINT VALUES FOR PLUG-IN TESTS

40

TEST FORMAT

41

PRINTING, PUBLISHING, AND EXPORTING TESTS

43

PRINTING TESTS

43

PUBLISHING TESTS FOR USE WITH THE TESTGEN PLUG-IN

44

PUBLISHING TESTS FOR USE WITH QUIZMASTER

45

EXPORTING TESTS TO TEXT AND RTF FILES

47

EXPORTING TESTS TO HTML

47

EXPORTING TESTS TO BLACKBOARD

49

EXPORTING TESTS TO WEBCT

51

THE QUESTION EDITOR

56

USING THE QUESTION EDITOR

56

MULTIPLE-CHOICE AND BIMODAL QUESTIONS

60

SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS

62

ESSAY QUESTIONS

69

TRUE/FALSE QUESTIONS

69

MATCHING QUESTIONS

70

VOCABULARY QUESTIONS

72

QUESTION DESCRIPTORS

73

INSTRUCTIONS

74

EXPLANATIONS

75

USING THE RULER

76

WORKING WITH INSTRUCTION AND DESCRIPTOR LISTS

76

ADVANCED EDITING PROCEDURES

80

USING SYMBOLS AND TEMPLATES

80

INSERTING FOREIGN LANGUAGE SYMBOLS

83

INSERTING TABLES

85

INSERTING GRAPHICS

86

USING THE GRAPHING TOOL

90

USING VARIABLES IN QUESTIONS

98

REGENERATING AND LOCKING VARIABLES

100

USING THE MACRO EDITOR

101

CUSTOMIZING TESTBANKS

102

CREATING A NEW TESTBANK

103

GLOBAL STYLE REPLACEMENT

108

DEFAULT STYLES FOR THE QUESTION EDITOR

109

TESTGEN TOOLS

110

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

110

TESTGEN PREFERENCES

111

RESETTING TESTGEN

114

SPELL CHECKER

115

FIND AND REPLACE

115

PRINTING TESTBANKS

116

SETTING THE TESTBANK PRINT OPTIONS

116

TESTBANK HEADERS AND FOOTERS

117

QUIZMASTER AND THE QUIZMASTER UTILITY

118

ABOUT QUIZMASTER

118

HOW INSTRUCTORS USE QUIZMASTER

119

HOW STUDENTS USE QUIZMASTER

120

INSTALLING QUIZMASTER

130

FILE MENU

132

OPTIONS MENU

136

REPORTS MENU

139

TESTS MENU

141

MAIL MENU

144

SECURITY ISSUES WITH QUIZMASTER

145

APPENDIX A:

ERROR MESSAGES DURING EXPORT AND PUBLISH

146

APPENDIX B: SHORTCUTS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE SYMBOLS

148

LIMITED WARRANTY

151

Getting Started

About TestGen

TestGen is a test generator program that lets you view and edit testbank questions, transfer them to tests, print in a variety of formats, and publish/export tests for use with the TestGen plug-in as well as widely used course management systems such as CourseCompass, Blackboard, and WebCT. TestGen's built-in random number and text generator makes it ideal for creating multiple versions of tests that involve math calculations and provides more possible test items than testbank questions. Powerful search and sort functions let you easily locate and arrange questions in testbanks and on tests.

QuizMaster, also included in this package, allows students to take tests created with TestGen on a local area network. The QuizMaster Utility built into TestGen lets instructors view student records and print a variety of reports. For more information, refer to the QuizMaster section of this guide.

Features TestGen has many useful features that let you:

• View testbanks and tests in outline form or question view

• Select test questions either manually or randomly

• Create tests with drag-and-drop or easy point-and-click transfer

• Choose a variety of question types: multiple-choice, short-answer, true/false, matching, essay, and vocabulary

• Automatically sort test questions with a SmartSort or a customized order

• Print up to twenty-five forms of a single test

• Search for questions that meet a specified criteria

• Regenerate numbers or text in questions that allow variables

• Access an online manual for help or more details

• View or print descriptor information for each question

• Add or modify testbank questions using the built-in Question Editor

• Use symbol palettes and templates to insert math notation

• Insert graphics in questions and store them in a Graphics Library

• Create Cartesian, polar, and number line graphs for mathematics using a built-in graphing tool

• Use a built-in spell checker

• Export tests in text (TXT or RTF), HTML, Blackboard 5.x or 6.x, and Web CT 3.x or 4.x format

• Publish tests for use with the TestGen plug-in and QuizMaster

• Access the QuizMaster Utility program to manage local area network testing

• Link to online sites for product support and software downloads

Package Components

Each TestGen CD-ROM package contains:

• the TestGen program with a built-in Question Editor for adding or modifying questions,

• a computerized testbank of questions for a specific textbook,

• the QuizMaster computerized testing program,

• the QuizMaster Utility program for managing QuizMaster tests and scores,

• User's Guide for TestGen and QuizMaster,

• a copy of the TestGen plug-in and demo files.

System Requirements

TestGen for Windows TM has the following minimum system requirements:

• a 486 or Pentium PC running at 150 megahertz or faster;

• Windows 98, Windows XP TM , Windows NT TM or Windows 2000 operating system;

• a minimum of 24 MB of available RAM for Windows 98/NT; 64 MB of available RAM for Windows XP and 2000

• 15-20 MB of hard disk space (varies with size of testbank);

TestGen for the Macintosh TM has the following minimum system requirements:

• Power Macintosh TM with 9.x with CarbonLib 1.6 or higher, or OS X v.10.2

• a minimum 24 MB of available RAM;

• 15-20 MB of hard disk space (varies with size of testbank);

Supported browsers for TestGen Help and online use (TestGen plug-in):

• For Windows: Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher or Netscape Navigator 6.2 and higher

• For Macintosh: Internet Explorer 5.1 and higher or Netscape Navigator 6.2 and higher

Check the TestGen web site for the latest updates on hardware and software supported.

Installing and Starting TestGen

To install the TestGen program, testbank questions, and/or the TestGen plug-in, follow the instructions below for your computer type.

Windows Users

1. Restart your computer and wait until the Windows desktop appears.

Note to users of Windows XP, NT, and 2000: To install the TestGen program and plug-in, you must log on as a user who has administrative rights so that the TestGen fonts can be installed and registered properly. If you do not have administrative rights, the installation program will terminate.

2. Insert the TestGen/Quizmaster CD-ROM into your computer’s CD drive.

3. Double-click the TestGen installer [tgsetup.exe] on the CD-ROM to start the installation wizard. There is a short pause as the installer checks your hard disk for previous installations of TestGen.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions, clicking the Next button to continue from screen to screen. As needed, refer to the table below to help you decide which installation options to choose:

Typical installation vs Custom installation

If you are new to TestGen or if you are using TestGen with only one textbook, leave the Typical Install option selected (selected by default) to install the TestGen program, testbank and tests (if applicable), and the TestGen plug-in.

If you want to install separately the TestGen program, testbank, or the TestGen plug-in, then click the option for Custom Install. Installing only a testbank or the TestGen plug-in does not perform the TestGen "clean-up" option described below.

Folder (directory) location for installing TestGen and testbank

If you are doing a typical installation, the installer will automatically install TestGen and a testbank on your hard disk in the folder C:\Program Files\TestGen unless you specify another folder by browsing to identify your choice.

Folder (directory) location for installing testbank only

If you are doing a custom installation of the textbook-specific testbank only, you should specify to install it in the same folder as the TestGen application or in a folder of your choice where you can locate it later.

Folder (directory) location for installing the TestGen plug-in

The installer will install the TestGen plug-in files in the Plugins folder of your selected web browser – Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

Macintosh Users

1. Restart your computer and wait until the Macintosh desktop appears.

2. Insert the TestGen CD into your computer’s CD drive.

3. Double-click the CD icon to open the window if it does not open automatically.

4. Double-click the TestGen Installer on the CD.

5.

Click Easy Install to install the TestGen program, testbanks and tests (if applicable) in a folder named TestGen on your hard disk. It will also install the TestGen plug-in in the appropriate location for your web browser.

The default installation directories are as follows:

Mac OSX:

<system drive>\Applications

Mac OS9:

<system drive>\Applications (Mac OS9)

6. If you want to install the TestGen program, testbank and tests (if available), or the TestGen plug-in separately, click Custom Install, select what to install, and choose a folder for the installation. Then click Install.

Clean-Up Options During Installation If you already have one or more older versions of TestGen on your computer, it is strongly recommended that you accept the option to "clean up" your old TestGen files when installing TestGen 5.5. Old testbanks and tests will work with the new TestGen program, so it is best to say yes to the clean-up option, which performs the following tasks:

Removes all previous or outdated installations of the TestGen program

Transfers program preferences, password, exam settings, and spell check user dictionary from your most recent application to the new installation of TestGen

Removes old Start menu program groups and shortcuts (in Windows)

Remembers the location of all your old testbank (.BOK) files in case you want to move them into the new installation of TestGen later

The clean-up process

does NOT delete the folders or directories that contained old versions of the programs.

does NOT delete old testbank (.BOK) files, test (.TST) files, user preferences and settings files, or other user files that might have been created while using older versions of the program.

When TestGen starts later, it asks if you want to automatically move your old testbank files into the TestGen folder, but other files remain "as is" for you to move or delete.

TestGen Plug-in Installation for Instructors In a Typical Install or a Custom Install for the plug-in, the TestGen installer installs the TestGen plug-in in the Plugins folder for the web browser of your choice so that you can view web tests on your computer before you post them for student use. Follow the instructions on the screen during the plug-in installation.

Starting TestGen The TestGen application starts automatically at the end of a typical install or a custom install of the TestGen program. The TestGen 5.5 installer also creates shortcuts for the TestGen program, the Tests folder, and the TestGen plug-in on your desktop. To restart TestGen later, double-click the shortcut for the TestGen 5.5 program. If the shortcuts get deleted or if you cannot find them, follow the instructions below to start the program.

Windows Users

Macintosh Users

Click the Windows Start menu and select Programs. Select TestGen to start the program.

After the title screen, the first time you run the program, you can create a password that you will use each time you run the program.

Enter your password and click OK.

Open the TestGen folder and double-click the TestGen application icon to start the program.

After the title screen, the first time you run the program, you can create a password that you will use each time you run the program.

Enter your password and click OK.

If a testbank window does not open automatically when you start TestGen, select "Open book" from the File menu and locate a testbank file (*.BOK) to open. When you open each of your old testbanks and tests with TestGen 5.x, they will be converted to TestGen 5.x format.

Moving Old Testbank Files into the TestGen Folder When the TestGen program starts, it notifies you if there are old testbank files (*.BOK) outside the current TestGen folder. You have the option to move the old testbank files into the current TestGen folder so that all your TestGen testbanks are in the same location. All testbanks that are moved are placed into the same folder that contains the TestGen program, without preserving any previous folder/directory structure.

Downloading from the TestGen Web Site

If you do not have the TestGen CD-ROM and you want to download the latest version of the TestGen program, use your web browser to go to the TestGen Instructor Website: http://www.pearsoned.com/testgen.

Click on the link for the TestGen program and enter the login name and password below:

Login Name:

tginstructor

Password:

testgen

Note: If you use a Pearson Education online product, such as CourseCompass, MathPro5, Math XL, MyMathLab, or PHIM2, enter the same login name and password that you use to access that product.

Follow the onscreen instructions to select and download either a compressed version (.zip for Windows or .sit for Macintosh) of the TestGen installer or an uncompressed installer for Windows (tgsetup.exe). Note the location of the destination folder that holds the downloaded file. After downloading, close your browser, locate the downloaded TestGen installer, and double-click it to run the installer. Read the previous section, "Installing and Starting TestGen" to become familiar with the installation options.

Password Options

The first time you use the TestGen program, you can choose a password to enter each time you start the program. This prevents unauthorized users from running the program, getting access to testbank questions and your test files, and accessing the QuizMaster Utility program. If you do not want to use a password, click the No Password button.

Setting a Password To set a password, type up to eight characters in the space provided, re-enter your password to verify it, and click the OK button. If you enter a password, also type a hint that will help you remember your password if you forget it later.

help you remember your password if you forget it later. Changing a Password To change an

Changing a Password To change an existing password, click the Change it button on the Password Verification dialog shown at program startup or select "Change Password" Setup menu. Then, enter your current password, enter your new password, and re-enter your new password along with a hint. The program will check to see if your current password is valid before accepting your new password. Your password is saved with the program and cannot be retrieved in any way once you have entered it. If you cannot remember your password, even with the hint you gave yourself, click the Forgot it button and write down the code number that the technical support staff will use to retrieve your password when you call them for help.

Caution: Deleting the userpref.prf file from the TestGen folder will remove your password as well as all other program settings you may have chosen. When you restart the TestGen program, you will be able to enter a new password. Use caution when deleting the userpref.prf file -- do not double-click it or you will lose critical information on your computer!

Installing the TestGen Plug-in for Students

The TestGen installer installs the TestGen plug-in at the same time it installs the TestGen program so that instructors can preview web tests on their computers. The TestGen CD Web Utilities folder also contains a standalone installer for the TestGen plug-in that you can use to install the plug-in on student or lab computers.

To install the plug-in on a Windows or Macintosh computer:

1. Open the Web Utilities folder on the TestGen CD and run the tgpluginsetup.exe program (Windows) or the TGPlugin Setup program (Mac).

Note to users of Windows XP, NT, and 2000: To install the TestGen plug-in, you must log on as a user who has administrative rights so that the TestGen fonts can be installed and registered properly. If you do not have administrative rights, the installation program will terminate.

2. Follow the directions onscreen to install the plug-in in the Plugins folder of Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. The installer will launch your web browser and display a page to let you know if installation was successful.

3. To view the plug-in demo, open the Web Utilities folder on the CD, open the Plug-in Demo folder, and double-click the demopg1.htm file. This will let you try out two sample tests using the plug-in. In the demo folder, there is also an HTML document that provides technical information for those who want to set up their own web pages and use the plug-in to display TestGen tests.

Newer versions of the plug-in may also be obtained from the Pearson TestGen web site. See the "Product Support" section.

Installing the TestGen plug-in lets you and your students run TestGen tests using the Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer web browsers. Tests can have any combination of the following features:

• adjustable color, size, and placement of the test window

• a review mode that allows students to see their answers along with the highlighted correct answers

• a test timer and warning message when the test time is almost done

• random regeneration of numbers each time the test is run

• shuffling of multiple-choice answers each time the test is run

• evaluated short answer questions

• scrambling of question order each time the test is run

• test-taking help for the student

• a score window when the test is complete

• results sent to a file on the local computer or server

The plug-in is also available for download from a variety of publisher-supported sites, which also sometimes provide pre-made tests and course management systems to keep track of tests and scores.

Product Support

You can obtain product support for the TestGen and QuizMaster programs and the TestGen plug-in in the following ways:

Built-in Help Use the Help system built into TestGen to find information on any TestGen topic. Use the Table of Contents, Index, or Search functions to quickly locate the help you need. All the information from the TestGen User's Guide is contained in the TestGen Help system.

Online Product Support Choose this option on TestGen's Help menu to open your web browser and display a form where you can report problems or ask questions. Complete the form and click the Send mail button at the bottom of the form. You will receive a response from the Pearson Education Product Support team.

Online Software Download Choose this option from TestGen's Help menu to connect your web browser to Pearson Education's TestGen Instructor Website (http://www.pearsoned.com/testgen) where you can download the latest documentation as well as TestGen, QuizMaster, and the TestGen plug-in.

Click on the desired link and enter the login name and password below:

Login Name:

tginstructor

Password:

testgen

Follow the onscreen directions to select and download the installer or the program you need. Then close your browser and double-click on the downloaded file to start the installer or the program.

Check for Updates You can find out if you have the most recent release of the TestGen program by selecting "Check for Updates" from the TestGen Help menu. When you check for updates, the TestGen program closes and you see the updater window.

The updater lets you know if new files are available and you can download them immediately, if desired, after which the TestGen program restarts. If you already have the most recent version of the program or if you choose not to update immediately, the updater closes and the TestGen program restarts.

Contact Pearson Education Media Support

Phone: 1-800-677-6337 (1-800-6-PROFESSOR), Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Email: media.support@pearsoned.com

Creating Tests

TestGen lets you create many types of tests, which can be printed, displayed in a web browser for online testing, or displayed in QuizMaster for testing on a local area network. This section describes the differences between the three main test types and the special features of each type.

Choosing a Test Type

To create a new test, select “New Test” from the File menu and choose one of the three test types.

from the File menu and choos e one of the three test types. If you always

If you always want to create the same kind of test and do not want to see the test type dialog, select the type of test you want and check the “Don’t show this again.” option. TestGen remembers the last type of test you selected and uses that as the default for all future new tests without displaying the test type dialog.

When the new test window opens, an icon at the top of the window indicates the type of test you are authoring, and the background color of the test window matches the color of the icon.

color of the te st window matches the color of the icon. Paper test = Green

Paper test = Green

Web test = Blue

QuizMaster test = Tan

Creating Tests for Paper

When you create a new test, choosing a paper test implies that the test will only be printed and distributed on paper. For paper tests, you can use the TestGen Wizard, which helps you choose questions and print a test quickly and easily. If you don’t want to use the TestGen Wizard dialog each time you start a paper test, check the “Don’t show this again.” option. See the section on "Choosing Test Items" for a detailed description of the TestGen Wizard.

Features of a Paper Test

• Can use TestGen Wizard

• All question types are allowed: multiple-choice, short answer, bimodal, true/false, matching, essay, and vocabulary

• Can customize the test header

• Can customize page headers and footers

• Can customize question type headers

• Can view pages on screen to see how they will print

• Can use pinned questions

• No option to assign point values for questions

• No option to publish the test

Paper tests can include all question types, and you can choose questions by any of the methods described later in this Guide. After selecting the questions you want, adjust the test layout, and save and print the test.

Creating Tests for the Web

Creating a new test for the web implies that the test will be taken on a computer using web browser. You need to choose the specific web platform(s) for the test as shown below:

the specific web platfo rm(s) for the test as shown below: If you always want to

If you always want to make the same kind of web test, you can hide this dialog by making a selection and then checking the “Don’t show this again.” option. The program remembers the last option you selected and uses that as the default for all future new tests.

Icons at the top of the test window indicate the platform for the test:

top of the test window indicate the platform for the test: TestGen plug-in Blackboard Web CT

TestGen plug-in

Blackboard

Web CT

HTML Practice Test

Depending on your choice of platform, TestGen customizes the menus and buttons to make it easy for you to choose questions that are compatible with the platform you choose.

TestGen Plug-in Tests The TestGen plug-in, available for Windows and Macintosh, lets students take TestGen tests using a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. Plug-in tests are compatible with web-based course management systems supported by Pearson Education companies, such as Course Compass, Addison Wesley's MyMathLab, and Prentice Hall's Interactive Math 2 and MathPro 5. Students need to download and install the TestGen plug-in on their computers and have log-in privileges to use these systems. The instructions for using the plug-in are provided at each web site by the publisher.

Blackboard Tests You can use TestGen to create tests and export files that can be used with the Blackboard 5.x or 6.x course management system. Blackboard.com® is a course Web site creation service that enables instructors to add an online component to traditional classes or teach an entire course on the Web.

WebCT Tests You can use TestGen to create tests and export files that can be used with the WebCT 3.x or 4.x. Visit www.WebCT.com to find out more about their web-based course management and assessment tools.

HTML Practice Tests You can create tests with TestGen and export them to HTML files as practice tests or test simulations that students can view with a web browser. The web browser needs to support HTML 3.0 or higher (frames, tables, forms) and JavaScript. Both Netscape® Navigator and Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 and higher are compatible browsers.

Here are some differences between the test types:

Feature

TestGen

Blackboard

Web CT

HTML Test

Plug-in

TestGen Wizard

No

No

No

No

Test Header

No

No

No

No

Page headers and footers

No

No

No

No

Question type

No

No

No

No

headers

Continuous document, no page breaks

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pinned questions

Yes

No

No

No

allowed

Points option

Yes

No

No

No

Question types

MC, SA, BI, TF

MC, SA, BI, TF, MA, VO (SA), ES

MC, SA, BI, TF MA, VO (SA), ES

MC, TF, BI (no SA)

Evaluated answers

Yes

No

No

No

for SA

Tables, graphics, and function plots

OK in questions, not in answers

OK in questions; no symbols, templates, graphics or function plots in answers; no answers > 2000 char

OK in questions; no symbols, templates, graphics or function plots in answers; no answers > 2000 char

OK in questions and answers

File / Publish

Yes

No

No

No

File / Export

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

If you select more than one platform, TestGen will tailor the interface and options for the platform that has the most stringent requirements. For example, if you choose TestGen Plug-in and HTML Practice Test, the points option and short answer questions would not be allowed, even though the TestGen plug-in supports them, because the HTML test does not allow these options. When more than one web platform is selected, icons at the top of the page indicate the combined authoring modes:

the top of the page indicate the combined authoring modes: Suitable for all web test platforms

Suitable for all web test platforms

After you create a web test, choose questions following any of the methods described in the next section. Then save your test and give it a name.

Completed plug-in tests can be published or exported. Publishing a test using the "Publish" option on the File menu puts it in a location where it can be used by one of Pearson's web-based course management systems. Other web tests can be exported using the "Export" option on the File menu. Exporting a test creates a set of files that can be used by a web browser or other course management systems. The publishing and exporting options are described later in this Guide.

Creating Tests for QuizMaster

When you create a new test for QuizMaster, it means the test is designed to have students take the test at a computer workstation on a local area network, using the QuizMaster program, which has been installed on a network server.

Features of a QuizMaster Test

• Test distributed on a local area network from a server

• Allows multiple-choice, bimodal (displayed as multiple-choice), true/false questions

• Allows tables, graphics, and function plots

• Allows number randomization

• Options to scramble questions and shuffle answer choices

• Can assign availability dates and times

• Can assign test timer

• No test header, page headers and footers, or question type headers

• Continuous document, no page breaks

• Allows pinned questions

• No point value option

• Publish option available

• Scores recorded in QuizMaster record-keeping system

When you use TestGen to create tests for the QuizMaster program, you can pick questions by any of the methods described in the next section of this Guide. Then save and name the test. When you are ready to make the test available to students, open the test and select "Publish QuizMaster Test" from the File menu. The publishing process is described later in this Guide.

Additional Notes Regarding QuizMaster Tests Keep this information in mind when making tests for QuizMaster:

Question Limit A QuizMaster test can contain at most 100 questions.

Descriptor Information QuizMaster reports can be sorted by one of the following categories: Objective, Skill, or Topic. Therefore, the reports are most useful if all of your test questions contain information in at least one of these categories.

Multiple Versions of Tests QuizMaster cannot generate multiple forms of a test if you have added your own questions to the test because forms are created by pulling different, comparable questions from the testbank, based on each question's ID. The question ID for a user-added or modified question is “User-n." To use multiple versions, add your own questions to the testbank first, and then choose the questions for a test.

Questions from More Than One Testbank You cannot create or save a test for QuizMaster if the test includes questions from more than one testbank file, even if you are picking questions from different testbanks provided for the same book.

Saving and Opening Tests

Each time you start a new TestGen test, the document is named “Untitled.” When you close an Untitled test, select "Save" or "Save As" from the File menu, or exit the TestGen program, TestGen asks if you want to save the test and give it a name. TestGen tests are saved with a filename extension of .TST.

To open a previously saved TestGen test, select “Open Test” from the File menu. In the file dialog, locate the name of the test you want to open and click Open. Tests created with versions of TestGen 4.x and earlier are converted to TestGen 5.x format when you open them, and they default to the authoring mode for paper tests.

Note: TestGen automatically uses the Tests folder (inside the TestGen program folder) to save and look for tests. You can change the location where tests are stored by selecting “Preferences” from the Setup menu and clicking the File Locations tab.

Switching Test Modes

To change one type of exam to another, choose “Save As…” from the File menu and choose the type of test you want—paper, web, or QuizMaster. (If you choose a web test, you also need to choose the specific platform, just as if you were starting a new test.) When you change the test type, you see a change in the authoring mode icon at the top of the test and the background color of the test page.

Before converting the test, TestGen confirms that the questions are suitable for the new test type. If any of the questions could cause problems in the new target delivery mode, you see a list of the offending questions and a description of the error or problem.

Errors that might occur when switching test types:

• Question type is not supported in target delivery mode.

• Answer contains information that cannot be entered or evaluated in target delivery mode

• Question cannot be evaluated online unless a correct answer is provided.

• Answer length exceeds limit of target delivery mode.

Alert messages and notes:

• Locked answer positions will not be retained in target delivery mode.

• Question contains characters that might not display properly online.

• Question contains a graphic that will not display properly in target delivery mode.

• Answer might need more information to be evaluated properly by software.

• Check the question to make sure that the answer can be entered and evaluated online.

Return to the test and make the necessary changes to correct any problems before you save, export, or publish the test again.

Create a Test Step-by-Step

This section guides you through the basic steps for making a paper test without using the TestGen Wizard. Start the TestGen program and follow these steps to create and print a test.

1. Start the TestGen program

If you followed the typical installation, you can start the TestGen application from the shortcut on your desktop or from the Windows Start menu or from the TestGen folder on your Macintosh hard disk. If you used a Custom install, find the TestGen folder and the TestGen application file to start the program. When the program starts, enter your password.

2. Open a Testbank

If you followed the typical installation, a testbank file will open automatically on the left side of the screen. If no testbank file opens, then select "Open book" from the File menu and manually locate and open a TestGen testbank file, which usually is named with the abbreviation for a book and has a .BOK extension (psych.BOK).

3. Choose a Test Type

As soon as you open a testbank, you will see the "Start a New Test" dialog box as shown at the right.

For this demo, click the button next to "A paper test" and click No when given the option to use the TestGen Wizard. A test window will open on the right side of the screen.

A test window will open on the right side of the screen. 4. View Testbank Questions

4. View Testbank Questions

Click the arrow next to one of the chapter titles to expose the question type headings or question IDs below. If there are question type headings, such as" Multiple-Choice Questions" or "Short Answer Questions," click the arrow next to one of those headings to expose question IDs. Click the same arrows again to close up the outline.

To view questions, select one of the chapter titles (so that its background turns black) in the Testbank window and select “Question View” from the View menu. Use the scroll bar to view more questions in the same chapter or section, or click the down arrow at the top of the TestGen program window to move to the next chapter or question type.

5.

Transfer Questions to the Test Window

There are many ways to transfer questions from the Testbank window to the Test window. You can use a simple drag-and-drop to move a question from the testbank to a test, but this section demonstrates some of the other methods for choosing questions.

"Add to Test" Button

your test. (Its background will turn black.)

Now click the Add to test button at the top of the Testbank window. A copy of the question appears as the first question on your test.

You can also select more than one question and then transfer all the selected questions at once. To make multiple selections, hold down the [Ctrl] key when you click the mouse to select a question. To make continuous selections, hold down the [Shift] key as you click the first and last question in a series. With multiple questions selected, click the Add to test button to transfer the questions to the Test window.

Transfer Multiple Copies of a Question

can transfer multiple copies of a single question. First select a variable question. Then type a number, such as 2, in the box next to the Add to test button. When you click the Add to test button, multiple copies (in this case, two) of the question you selected will be transferred to the test, each with different numbers or text, depending on the assigned variables.

If you select more than one question containing variables and enter a number in the transfer quantity box, you will get multiple copies of all the selected questions when you click the Add to test button.

With the testbank in Question view, click on a question that you want to put on

Question view , click on a question that you want to put on If a testbank

If a testbank has questions with variable text or numbers, you

Transfer Questions Randomly

View" from the View menu to show the testbank chapter titles and select one of the chapters so that the title

turns black. In the box next to the Add to test button, enter the number of questions you want to transfer. Then click the Add to test button. You can also select more than one title or heading. The number you type in the transfer quantity box will determine the number of questions that will be randomly chosen from each title or heading you have selected.

To have the computer choose questions randomly, first select "Outline

6. Add Your Own Questions

To add your own questions to a test, click the Test window to make it the active window. Scroll down to the bottom of the test page and click the last item on your test. Then click the Add button or select “Add after” from the Edit menu to open the Question Editor window. Click in the Question field and type your question. Click in the answer choice fields and type your multiple-choice answers. Click one of the boxes to the left of the answer choices to place an X next to the correct answer choice.

When you are done typing, select “Close - Save Changes” from the File menu. Your new question will appear on the test page.

7. Modify Test Headers and Format

Double-click the test heading at the top of the Test window to open an edit window where you can modify or add text. When you are done, select “Close - Save Changes” from the File menu. Your new header will appear at the top of the test.

8. Print the Test

Select “Print” from the File menu and enter “1” for the Number of Forms. Be sure to check Print Answer Key before you click OK. When the print dialog appears, set the print range to “All” and click OK.

Main Program Window

The main program window for TestGen contains all the menus for the program along with editing and navigation buttons. The Testbank and Test windows also display side-by-side in the main program window as shown below.

side-by-side in the main program window as shown below. When you move the mouse pointer across

When you move the mouse pointer across any of the active buttons in the main program window, the Testbank window, or the Test window, you will see the button's name or function.

window, you will see the button's name or function. The first seven buttons in the main

The first seven buttons in the main program window are commonly used for editing text. You can also use the Edit menu to perform these functions.

Add

Add a new question or header of the same type as the one selected.

Delete

Delete one or more selected questions. When a header is deleted, all the questions under the header are deleted.

Modify

Edit a selected question or heading using an editor window.

Cut

Delete the selected questions or headers. When a header is cut, all the questions under the header are cut. Cut questions remain in memory.

Copy

Copy the selected questions or headers. When headers are copied, all the questions under the header are copied into memory.

Insert

Insert a previously copied or cut item before or after the selected item of the same type. Headers cannot be inserted while in Question view.

Replace

Replace the selected item with a previously cut or copied item of the same type.

You can use the five navigation buttons to the right of the editing buttons to quickly move to a portion of a testbank or test.

Previous

In Question view, display previous group of questions in a testbank or previous page of a test. Not available in Outline view.

Next

In Question view, display next question group in a testbank or next page of a test. Not available in Outline view.

Jump

In a testbank, go to the beginning of a specific chapter. On a test, go to a specific page (Question view) or a specific question number (Outline view).

First

In Question view, display first question group in a testbank or first page of a test. Not available in Outline view.

Last

In Question view, display last question group in a testbank or last page of a test. Not available in Outline view.

Outline and Question Views

You can display a testbank in two different viewing modes: Outline view and Question view. Outline view shows chapter and section titles and lets you get an overall picture of how the testbank is organized. In Outline view, you can see question IDs, but not the actual questions. Question view, as the name implies, lets you view the questions at the lowest level of the outline; it lets you see what the question IDs actually represent. To switch between the two modes, click the Mode button or select one of the two viewing modes from the View menu.

Outline View

A testbank initially opens in Outline view so that you can see the list of chapter titles. Click the arrow to the

left of a title or double-click on a chapter title to display the contents of the chapter. If there are sections

within a chapter, click on an arrow or double-click on a section title to display the contents of the section.

At the lowest level of the outline hierarchy are the question IDs. The question ID includes a multi-part

number that give the question's relative position in the testbank, or book, and its question number. For example, the question ID “bio 1.2-5” indicates question 5 from chapter 1, section 2 of the book abbreviated

as “bio.” Section 2 could be a physical section of the textbook or it could refer to section 2 of the questions in the testbank–for example, all the true/false questions. Occasionally, you could see a plus (+) sign at the end

of a question ID. This indicates that the question has been added or modified from the original release of the

testbank by the publisher.

A quick way to view all the questions in a specific chapter, section, or question type, is to click on a title to

select it. Then select “Expand Level” from the View menu of the main program window. All subheadings expand to reveal the question IDs. Click the arrows on the scroll bar or drag the slider to move around within

the outline. To close the subheadings in a testbank and display only the chapter titles, select “Collapse All” from the View menu.

Question View Select Question view to see the questions and answers for any section of a chapter. The questions are displayed in a scrolling window and identified by a number. There may or may not be descriptive information for each question, depending on your choice of display format and the testbank contents.

In Question view, you see only one group of questions at a time, and you can use the scroll bar to move within the questions of that group. To see other groups of questions while in Question view, click the Previous, Next, Jump, First, and Last navigation buttons at the top of the main program window or use the commands on the Navigate menu.

Arranging Windows

You can resize a Testbank or Test window by grabbing the corner of the window with the mouse pointer and dragging it to a new position. You can use the controls in the title bar to maximize or minimize any window.

To reposition a window, hold down the mouse button while the pointer is in the title bar, and then move the mouse until the window is where you want it to be.

To quickly align a Testbank or Test window, select the “Arrange” command from the Window menu. This automatically moves a single window to the top-left corner of the main program window. If two windows are open, they are placed side-by-side across the screen, with the active window on the left side of the screen.

Other windows, such as the Question Editor and Graphing Tool windows, can also be resized and repositioned to any screen location that makes them easy for you to view.

The Testbank Window

Opening a Testbank

When you start TestGen and have only one testbank file in the TestGen folder, your testbank will open automatically in a Testbank window. If you installed more than one testbank, or if your testbank was not installed into the same folder as the TestGen program, you can open a testbank by selecting “Open Book” from the File menu. When the file dialog appears, locate a testbank file, which is also called a “book” file because it has a .BOK extension at the end of the testbank filename.

it has a .BOK extension at the end of the testbank filename. If the testbank file

If the testbank file was not installed in the same directory or folder as the TestGen program, change to a different directory or folder to locate the book file. Select the .BOK file you want and click Open.

Note: If you open a testbank that was created for an earlier version of TestGen, the file will automatically be converted for use with the new version of TestGen, and the newly converted file will no longer be compatible with earlier versions of the program. Make a copy of your testbank (.BOK) file before opening it with a new version of TestGen, as a precautionary measure.

Testbank Window

When you open a Testbank window, testbank questions are displayed in Outline view, which lets you see how questions are organized for each chapter. You can click the small arrow at the left of each title in the outline, or double-click on a chapter or section title to reveal subheadings and question IDs.

In Outline view, each question ID is a unique, multi-part number that indicates the question's

In Outline view, each question ID is a unique, multi-part number that indicates the question's relative position in the book, and the question number. In Question view, you can view the questions rather than the question IDs. To switch between Outline view and Question view, click the Mode button in the upper-left corner of the Testbank window.

Testbank Window Buttons You use the buttons in the Testbank, or Book, window to change the display of testbank questions, search a testbank, and transfer questions to a test.

search a testbank, and transfer questions to a test. Mode Change the display mode for th

Mode

Change the display mode for the Testbank (Book) window, toggling between Outline view and Question view.

Regenerate

Generate a new set of values for all the variables included in the selected questions.

Search

Display a subset of the questions in the testbank that match a user-defined search criteria.

Display

Select which descriptors should be displayed with each question in the testbank.

Info

Displays summary information about the current testbank by chapter, question type, topic, or objective.

Add to test

Copy single or multiple copies of manually or randomly selected questions to the Test window. To the left of the Add to test button is the transfer quantity box, where you can enter the number of copies of manually selected or randomly selected questions you would like to transfer to a test.

The Search, Display, and Info button dialogs are described in more detail below.

Searching a Testbank

You can search a testbank for questions that meet certain criteria. For example, you might want to view only those questions that have a difficulty level of 2 or only multiple-choice questions. Click the Search button or select “Search” from the Tools menu to display the Testbank Search Criteria dialog.

Tools menu to display the Testbank Search Criteria dialog. Change the settings for any category by

Change the settings for any category by choosing from the drop-down menus in columns 2 and 3. The combination of all the settings defines the set of questions you will see when you click the radio button for “Show Only Questions That Meet Criteria Above.” After you click OK, the program searches the testbank for questions that meet the specified criteria and display an information box to let you know how many questions were found. Click OK to return to the Testbank window.

When you return to the Testbank window, only those chapters and sections that contain questions that meet your criteria are displayed in the normal outline color; all others are a dim gray. In Outline view, expand the outline for any chapter or section that is a normal color until you see the selected question references. At the lowest level in the outline, only those questions that meet the search criteria will be the normal color.

To display all the testbank questions again after a search, click the Search button or select “Search” from the Tools menu. In the Testbank Search Criteria dialog, click the radio button to the left of “Show All Questions” and then click OK.

Testbank Display Options

You can display descriptive information, such as topic, difficulty level, or page reference, when available, for each question in a testbank. Most display options are available in both Question and Outline view. To make display choices, click the Display button at the top of the Testbank window or select “Display” from the Setup menu while the Testbank window is active. You will see the Testbank Display Options dialog.

active. Y ou will see the Testbank Display Options dialog. Click the check box next to

Click the check box next to any option you want to display. Checked items are shown below each question ID (in Outline view) or question (in Question view) after you click OK. To change the “Answer” display option, you must be in Question view; answers are not displayed in Outline view.

Question view; an swers are not displayed in Outline view. Note : Not all descriptor categories

Note: Not all descriptor categories are used in every testbank, so the test page display may show only a descriptor label if you choose a descriptor that has no content.

You will find most of the display option categories in TestGen’s Question Editor, where information can be entered or changed. However, some display items cannot be entered manually, but are stored by TestGen to provide additional information to help you select questions. These items are described below.

Question Dates TestGen stores the dates a question was created, modified, and last used on a test. To display this information below each question, check the Question Dates box.

Variant Status When you check the Variant Status box, a downward-pointing arrowhead ( ) appears next to questions that contain variables, indicating that they have more than one variation.

Testbank Info

When you want to see a quick summary of the contents in the current testbank, click the Info (i) button in the Testbank window. A window opens to display the total number of questions in the testbank along with a breakdown of question types in each chapter. The drop-down menu provides other ways to show the details for the testbank. You can display by question type, descriptor (such as topic, skill, objective, when available), and by static vs. algorithmic.

The Test Window

When you start a new test, the Test window is blank except for a default test header, which you can change. As you add questions to the test, the Test window displays these questions in Question view so that you can see the pages of the test exactly as they will be printed.

see the pages of the test exactly as they will be printed. Test Window Buttons The

Test Window Buttons

The buttons in the Test window help you organize test questions and change what is displayed on test pages.

Buttons The buttons in the Test window help you organize test que stions and change what

Mode

Change the display mode for the test, toggling between Outline view and Question view.

Regenerate

Generate a new set of values for all the variables included in the selected questions.

Sort

Put the test question in order according to a preprogrammed or custom SmartSort or a user-defined order.

Scramble

Change the order of the questions on a test while maintaining the rules of the current sort criteria.

Display

Show or hide descriptors for questions on the test.

Info

Displays summary information about the current test by chapter, question type, variant status, or other descriptors.

Save

Saves the current test using the assigned name or allows you to name an Untitled test.

Points

Assign a point value to selected questions on a plug-in test

Pin/Unpin

Freeze the position of a test question so that it is not affected by scrambling of other test items.

Lock

Lock the displayed values for selected questions that contain variables. An upward pointing arrowhead ( ) prints next to questions with locked values.

Bimodal Form

Switch the form of a bimodal question (between multiple-choice and short answer) or a vocabulary question (between term and definition).

Test mode

Indicates the form of a test– paper, web test, or plug-in test.

Target

Indicates the target window to receive items transferred from a testbank.

Target Window

If only one Test window is open, it is the target window and displays a target icon in the top right corner.

window and displays a target icon in the top right corner. This means that it will

This means that it will be the “target” for any questions you transfer from a testbank to a test by using the Add to test button. If you have more than one Test window open, only one of them can be the target window. You can set a Test window as the target window by selecting it and selecting “Set As Target” from the Setup menu. A Testbank, or Book, window cannot be a target window.

Choosing Test Questions

This section describes how to choose questions for tests by using the TestGen Wizard, by choosing questions randomly, or by choosing while viewing questions on screen. A step-by-step walkthrough at the end of the section gives simple directions for making your first test.

Using the TestGen Wizard

TestGen Wizard is a tool built into TestGen to help you quickly choose questions for a test. When you start a new test that is a paper test, you can choose whether to use TestGen Wizard. (You can stop this dialog from appearing if you click the box next to “Don't show his again.")

you click the box next to “Don't show his again.") You can also select “TestGen Wizard”

You can also select “TestGen Wizard” from the File menu. TestGen Wizard walks you through the process of making a test, starting with giving the test a name.

Picking Chapters After you name the test, you select which chapters you want to use for the test.

you select which chapters you want to use for the test. After you choose the chapters

After you choose the chapters for your test, you choose whether to pick questions randomly or from a list.

Choosing Randomly To select questions randomly, you can choose by question type, chapter, topic, objective, or other category on the drop-down list. The items available on the list vary by testbank, because not all categories are used in all testbanks.

because not all categories are used in all testbanks. Type numbers in the right-hand column to

Type numbers in the right-hand column to indicate how many of each type you want from the number of questions available. The test total shows at the bottom of the column. Click OK to continue to the test summary.

Choosing from a List To select questions from a list, you work from a scrolling list of question IDs from the selected chapters, along with the question type and the first portion of the question.

Select questions by holding down the [S hift] key (to make consecutive selec tions) or

Select questions by holding down the [Shift] key (to make consecutive selections) or the [Ctrl] key (to make scattered selections) and clicking each item you want to put on the test. The test total shows at the bottom. Click OK to continue to the test summary.

Test Summary The test summary window shows the test name, chapters selected, selection method, and total number of questions selected.

sele ction method, and total number of questions selected. Click Finish to build the test. The

Click Finish to build the test. The TestGen Wizard window closes and the Test window opens with your selected questions. You may then edit the test header, as well as modify, save, or print the test.

Choosing Test Items Randomly or Manually

This section gives more details about how to choose questions randomly or manually.

The “Add to Test” Button You can use the Add to test button at the top of the Testbank window to transfer copies of selected questions to the Test window. The transfer quantity boc, just to the left of the Add to test button, contains the number of questions to transfer from each selected section when choosing randomly, or the number of copies to transfer for each selected question when choosing manually.

Selecting Questions Randomly To select questions randomly, click the Mode button, if necessary, to put the testbank in Outline view.

Selecting from One Chapter or Section In the Testbank window, click on the title of the chapter, section, or problem type from which you want to select questions. (Do not select an individual question ID.) Then, in the transfer quantity box at the top of the Testbank window, enter the number of questions you want and click the Add to test button. The program randomly selects that number of questions from those available under the heading you selected.

Selecting from Multiple Chapters or Sections To randomly choose questions from more than one chapter or section, hold down the [Ctrl] or [Shift] key and click on more than one chapter title or section. You can only select titles that are at the same level in the Testbank outline–for example, two chapter titles or two section titles. Then, in the transfer quantity box at the top of the Testbank window, enter the number of questions you want from each selected chapter or section. When you click the Add to test button, the questions will be transferred to the test.

Setting the Transfer State (Before or After) When you add a question to a test, the default sorting method is “user-defined order,” and the question will be placed after the question that is currently selected on the test. The default transfer state is “after.” To place a question at the beginning of a test, you need to change the transfer state to “before.” To do this, select “Change 'After' to 'Before'“ from the Edit menu. To place a question at the end of the test, you need to change the transfer state back to “After” by following the same procedure.

Selecting Questions Manually Single Question To select a single question in a testbank and transfer it to a test, click on the question in either Outline view or Question view and then click the Add to test button. A copy of the question appears in the Test window. You can also drag the question from the testbank to the test by selecting the question, moving it to the Test window while holding down the mouse button, and then dropping it in place by releasing the mouse button.

If a SmartSort is turned on, the question moves to the correct location on the test according to the rules of the SmartSort. If you are creating a test in user-defined sort order, the question is inserted at the location of the insertion line.

Multiple Questions To select more than one question in the testbank, click on a question to select it, hold down the [Ctrl] key, and click on one or more additional questions. Click the Add to test button to copy the selected questions to the Test window. Be sure the number in the transfer quantity box is “1” so that you only transfer a single copy of each question.

You can select a block of questions for example, questions 1-10 in a particular section by selecting the first question in the series, holding down the [Shift] key, and then selecting the last question. This highlights the entire block of questions.

Another option for transferring multiple questions to a test is to select a title in the testbank outline and drag the title over to the Test window. This process copies one of each question under that heading onto the test.

Multiple Copies of a Single Question If a testbank contains questions that include variable numbers or text, such as in a testbank for mathematics, you can copy different randomly generated variations of a single question to a test. Select a question in the testbank and enter the number of variations you want in the transfer quantity box. Then click the Add to test button. Each question variation copied to the test will include different randomly generated numbers or text strings.

Note: Select “Variant status” on the Testbank Display Options dialog to display a symbol next to all questions that have more than one variation. You can also display “#Var” to show how many variations are possible for each question. If a test question has no variables, #Var has a value of 1, and if you try to transfer multiple copies of the question, you will see a warning message asking whether you want to allow duplicate questions on the test.

Multiple Copies of Multiple Questions If a testbank contains questions that have variables, you can make multiple selections and then request multiple copies of each question selected. First select the questions you want while holding down the [Ctrl] or [Shift] key; then enter a number in the transfer quantity box before you click the Add to test button. You will get multiple copies of the selected questions.

Note: Select “Variant status” on the Testbank Display Options dialog to display a symbol next to all questions that have more than one variation. You can also display “#Var” to show how many variations are possible for each question. If a test question has no variables, #Var has a value of 1, and if you try to transfer multiple copies of the question, you will see a warning message asking whether you want to allow duplicate questions on the test.

Test Info

To see a quick summary of a test’s contents, click the Info (i) button in the Test window. A dialog opens, showing the total number of questions on the test and the number of questions per question type, topic, or static/algorithmic.

Formatting Tests

This section describes different methods for customizing the layout of printed tests.

Test Display Options

When you view a test in Question view, you see the pages of the test as they will be printed. Click the Display button or select “Display” from the Setup menu to view the Test Page Display Options dialog and choose which items you want to display on the test page.

choose which items you want to display on the test page. You can save the settings

You can save the settings you select as a default so they remain checked for any new test you create.

Descriptors Tab Check the box for each type of descriptor you want to appear with each question on the test page. In most cases, for a test, none of the options on the Descriptor tab should be checked. But, to display information for your own use before you print the final version of the test, or to create an annotated answer key, you may want to display various categories for each question. Many of the categories also appear when you display the test in Outline view.

Many of the descriptors are assigned to a testbank or test question in the Question Editor. Question Dates, Answer Blanks, and Variant Status provide additional information to help you select questions.

Question Dates TestGen stores the dates a question was created, modified, and last used on a test. To display this information below each question, check the Question Dates box.

Answer Blanks By default, TestGen tests do not include answer blanks for each question. Click the Answer Blanks box to display answer blanks for multiple-choice, true/false, short answer, and matching questions along the right edge of the test page. Essay questions do not have answer blanks, but you can show workspace with or without lines using the Workspace tab.

Variant Status When you check the Variant Status box, a downward pointing arrowhead ( )appears next to questions that contain variables and have more than one variation. A bimodal question with variations appears as follows:

A bimodal question with variations appears as follows: Note : Not all descriptor categories are used

Note: Not all descriptor categories are used in every testbank, so only the descriptor label will show on the test page if you choose a descriptor category that has no assigned values.

Questions Tab

category that has no assigned values. Questions Tab Two-Column Format Select this option to change your

Two-Column Format Select this option to change your test from one-column to two-column format. This format works best when both questions and answer choices are short. The answer key will also be printed in multiple-columns.

Note: This option is not suitable for tests that contain wide tables or graphics, since they will be clipped at the edges if they do not fit in the column. Depending on the size of the left and right margins, each column will be 3” to 3.5” wide.

Question Type Headers Select this option if you want question type headers to be printed on your test. To edit question type headers, select “Question Type Headers” from the Setup menu for a test.

Display “T or F” Instead of Answer Blank Select this option if you have selected “Answer blanks” on the Descriptors tab and would prefer to have the phrase “T or F” printed instead of an answer blank for true/false questions.

Form of Bimodal Questions Select this option if you want all bimodal questions to be printed in short-answer format rather than multiple- choice format on tests. You can override this global setting for individual questions by clicking the Form button after selecting bimodal questions on tests.

Form of Vocabulary Questions Click “Display 'Term' as Question” to print vocabulary questions with the “term” as the question. Click “Display 'Definition' as Question” to print the “definition” as the question. You can override this global setting for individual questions by clicking the Form button after selecting vocabulary questions on tests.

Numbering Tab The numbering tab controls question numbers and page numbers.

First Question Number Enter a number for the first question on your test. Normally, this is “1,” but you may want to start with a different number.

First Page Number Enter a number for the first page of your test if you are using headers or footers. Normally, this is “1,” but you may want to start with a different number.

Workspace Tab Questions in some testbanks are assigned a number of lines of workspace, from 0 to 15, to allow students to do calculations or write answers to questions on the test page.

calculations or write answers to questions on the test page. Click one of the radio buttons

Click one of the radio buttons to select a global setting of “none,” “single,” “double,” or “triple” for the amount of workspace for each question on your test. “Double” or “triple” allows two or three times the

number of lines of workspace assigned to each question. If the workspace assigned to a specific question is “0,” the doubling or tripling has no effect

If essay questions are included on your test, you can check the box for “Lined workspace for essay questions” so that horizontal lines will be printed in the answer area of each essay question on the test.

Sorting Test Questions

The default order for questions on a test is called user-defined order, which means that you choose where to place questions on a test. TestGen also provides a set of predefined sorting methods, called “SmartSorts,” which automatically group and arrange questions in a specified. To use a SmartSort, be sure the Test window is active, and then click on the Sort button or select “Sort” from the Tools menu.

the Sort butt on or select “Sort” from the Tools menu. Sort by Testbank Order When

Sort by Testbank Order When you choose to sort by Testbank Order, the questions on your test are put in order according to the levels of organization used in the testbank. For example, the questions are ordered by chapter, question type, and question number, or by chapter, section, problem type, and question number.

Sort by Question Type When you choose to sort by Question Type, the questions on your test are put in order according to the types of questions used in the testbank. You can specify the order of the question types by assigning each a number.

Custom SmartSort When you choose a Custom SmartSort, you can specify up to three levels of sorting for a test. Use the pull- down menus on the Testbank Sorting Preferences dialog to set up the sort criteria. For example, you can arrange to sort questions first by question type, then by chapter, and then by difficulty level. You do not need to specify all three levels.

User-Defined Order When you start a new test, no SmartSort is turned on. This means that test questions will remain in the order that you create when you transfer items from the testbank. You can leave questions in User-defined Order or choose a SmartSort. When you choose to use a User-Defined order for a test, you can choose the exact order for the test questions. The program will not perform any SmartSort.

In either Outline view or Question view on a test, you can rearrange the questions by dragging them from one location to another. Select a question on the test and hold down the mouse button; then drag until the horizontal marker is below the question where you want to insert and release the mouse button to drop the question. You can also use cut-and-paste to move questions.

Switching Sort Methods You can switch between SmartSorts at any time, or switch to a User-Defined order after using a SmartSort.

SmartSort to SmartSort When you switch from one SmartSort to another after you have selected questions for a test, the questions are reorganized according to the rules of the new SmartSort.

SmartSort to User-Defined Order When you switch from a SmartSort to User-Defined order after choosing questions for a test, all the SmartSort rules for grouping questions are abandoned and the test becomes a list of questions that you can rearrange in any order. Initially, the order of the questions on a User-Defined test converted from a SmartSort is exactly the same as on the SmartSort test. If you add new questions after converting to a User-Defined order, they are inserted where you want them and not placed in any predetermined order by the program.

User-Defined Order to SmartSort When you switch from a User-Defined order to a SmartSort after choosing questions for a test, the questions will be regrouped according to the SmartSort.

Caution: If you switch from User-Defined order to a SmartSort, the program does not remember your User- Defined order, and you cannot automatically return to it after a SmartSort has been applied.

Caution: If a test contains "pinned" questions, their positions become unpinned and are likely to change when you apply a new sort order.

Scrambling Test Question Order

TestGen can scramble the order of the questions on your test after you have chosen all the questions. If you click the Scramble button while a SmartSort is turned on, the questions on the test are randomly mixed at the lowest level of sorting so that the SmartSort rules are still enforced.

For example, if the SmartSort is by Question Type, then questions of the same type remain together on the test, but the order of questions within each question type is scrambled.

Note: If the test questions are sorted by Testbank Order, the Scramble option is unavailable.

Scrambling Questions in User-Defined Order

If you have test questions in a User-Defined order and click the Scramble button, the questions on the test are scrambled at random to produce the new order. No grouping occurs except by Instruction. This may or may

not produce desirable results, depending on the types of questions on the test. For example, if you scramble a test with different question types, you lose any grouping by question type.

Using Pinned Questions to Prevent Scrambling To prevent one or more questions from shifting positions during a scramble, select one or more questions on the test and click the Pin/Unpin button. (You can also select Pin/Unpin from the Tools menu.)

(You ca n also select Pin/Unpin from the Tools menu.) A small push pin marks the

A small push pin marks the pinned questions on the test as shown below.

pin marks the pinned questi ons on the test as shown below. To unpin a pinned

To unpin a pinned question, select the question and click the Pin/Unpin button to remove the pin marker.

Pinned questions will not move from their locations during a scramble and will retain their position if you print multiple versions of a test and choose to scramble the question order.

When a test contains adjacent pinned questions, and you export the test as a question pool for Blackboard, the adjacent pinned questions are treated as a question group. If any one of the question group is selected, then all will be selected and transferred to the test in their original, relative order.

Caution: Adding or deleting questions ahead of pinned questions will cause test questions to renumber, affecting the relative position of the pinned question. Similarly, applying a new sort order on a test that has pinned questions is likely to cause the pinned questions to move to a new location on the test.

Test Headers and Footers

You can customize test headers and footers for printed tests. Select “Modify Header and Footer” from the Setup menu to open the Header and Footer Editor window. You can also open the Header and Footer Editor by double-clicking the header or footer in the Test window if the test is in Question View.

Use the “Page 1 Header” and “Page 1 Footer” fields to create a title or

Use the “Page 1 Header” and “Page 1 Footer” fields to create a title or header section for the top of the first page of your test and a page footer that gets printed at the bottom of the first page.

Use the “Page 2 Header” field to create a header for the top of every test page after the first.

Use the “Page 2 Footer” field to create text for the bottom of page 2 and all the pages that follow on your test.

Headers and footers may include text as well as graphics and symbols. To align text or set tabs in a header or footer, select “Show Ruler” from the Tools menu.

To automatically insert the current date or consecutive page numbers, select “Show Symbols” from the Tools menu to display the Page and Date buttons. Then place the cursor at the location where you want the date or page number to appear and click the Page or Date button. The automatic page numbers display as “999” and are replaced by consecutive page numbers when the test is viewed or printed.

If you choose to print different forms of a test, you can distinguish each form by inserting the page number in either a header or footer. A different letter of the alphabet will print as part of the page number for each form of the test. For example, if you insert the page number in the Page 1 Footer area, the first form of the test will show “Page A-1.” The second form of the test will show “Page B-1,” and so on.

To close the editing window and save your changes for the current session, click the Save button or select "Close – save changes" from the File menu. To save the headers and footers as the program default, click Save As Default. Click Cancel to close the window without making any changes.

Question Type Headers

For each type of question available in TestGen, the program supplies a default instruction that you can turn on or off using the Test Page Display options or the Sort dialog. To modify any of the question type headers, select “Question Type Headers” from TestGen’s Setup menu and make changes as needed. If a question type header includes a symbol, click one of the symbol buttons at the top of the window to display a palette and select a symbol to insert at the cursor location. (The symbol palettes are the same as those found in the Question Editor.) If you need to insert characters for foreign languages, refer to page 83 for instructions.

Click the “Save as default” button to save your header s for future use. Click

Click the “Save as default” button to save your headers for future use. Click OK to close the window and save only for the current session.

Page Breaks

After you have selected all the questions for your test, you may want to insert one or more page breaks to force specific questions or sections to start at the top of a page.

To insert a page break, be sure the test is in Question view. Then select a question on your test that you want to be at the top of a new page and selecting “Insert Page Break” from the Edit menu. A horizontal line appears where the page break is inserted, but does not appear on the printed test page.

Note: Some features, such as scrambling, are disabled after you insert a page break on a test.

To remove a page break from a test, use the mouse pointer to select the horizontal line that denotes the page break. Then press the Delete key. The questions reflow on the pages to fill in any blank spaces caused by the page break.

Adding Notes to a Test

You can insert additional headings, graphics, or instructions that are not automatically inserted by TestGen. After you have selected all the questions for your test and they are in the order you want, select a question you want to have preceded by a Note and select “Note List” from the Edit menu. This opens the Note List window, where you can choose a note, edit a note, or add new notes to the list.

Clicking View/Edit or Add opens th e Note Editor as shown below. The notes you

Clicking View/Edit or Add opens the Note Editor as shown below.

View/Edit or Add opens th e Note Editor as shown below. The notes you create become

The notes you create become part of the questions to which they are linked and can be shared by several questions, just like an Instruction. Notes remain linked to questions if you change from User-Defined order to one of the SmartSorts for a test.

Note: Notes are specific to one test only and do not carry over to new tests you create.

Point Values for Plug-in Tests

When you create a test to be used with the TestGen plug-in, you can assign point values to each test question using the Points button at the top of the Test window. Be sure to confirm that your Pearson online product has implemented point scoring before assigning points to each question. You can determine this by referring to the online help system of the product you are using.

to the online help system of the product you are using. New questions that you add

New questions that you add to the test have a point value of "1" unless you assign another value. To assign point values, select one or more test questions and click the Points button. Enter the number of points for the

question(s) and click OK. You can see the total number of points assigned for the test at the bottom of the Test window.

assigned for the test at the bottom of the Test window. When the test runs in

When the test runs in the TestGen plug-in in a Pearson online product that supports points, the point values for each question will be displayed at the top of the question window. Point values can also appear in the go- to-question window and in the test summary window. At the end of the test, the points scored by the student and the total number of points show in the test results window along with the raw and percent scores. (If the point values for all the questions on the test are "1", then point values are not displayed.)

Test Format

Select “Format” from the Setup menu to display the Test Format dialog. Here you can customize the style for some of the test components.

the Setup menu to display the Test Fo rmat dialog. Here you can customize the style

Styles for Question Numbers and Multiple-Choice Answer Choices Click a radio button to indicate which style of question numbering you prefer for the test. Also select how you want to label the choices for multiple-choice questions.

Font, Size, Color, and Style Choices You can define styles for question type headers, question numbers, descriptors, explanations and Outline view on a test. First click the radio button next to the item you want to change. Then use the pull-down menus to choose a font, size, and color. Use the style buttons to change the style. You will see a sample in the Style Sample window.

Note: Questions and answers on a test retain the style of the book from which the questions were transferred. If you want to change, for example, the font or size of all the questions on a test, select “Global Style Replacement” from the Setup menu to choose a new style for the Instructions, Questions, Answers, Question Type Headings, and so on, and apply the new style to all the questions on the test at once.

Printing, Publishing, and Exporting Tests

This chapter discusses how to print, save, and export tests from TestGen.

Printing Tests

TestGen prints the test pages you see in the Test window. If the test is in Outline view, the printed pages will consist of a list of question IDs. If the test is in Question view, the printed pages include the questions themselves. When you are ready to print a test in Question view, make sure the Test window is active, then select “Print” from the File menu to display the Test Print Settings dialog.

Setting the Test Print Options

Test Print Settings dialog. Setting the Test Print Options Number of versions You can print up

Number of versions You can print up to 25 different forms, or versions, of a test. Each printed version of a test is distinguished by a unique letter that is printed as part of the page number. The question types you selected, the variability of each question, and the settings for the following three options determine how each version of a test will differ from the other:

Preserve question order If you select this option, the questions on each version of the test will be in the same order as on the first version of the test. If you do not select this option, questions on each version will be randomly scrambled at the lowest level of organizational sorting.

Preserve number values If you select this option, the questions that contain randomized number or text will not be regenerated from version to version. All versions of the test will use the same values as the first version of the test. If you do

not select this option, algorithmic questions will be regenerated so that each version of the test contains different number or text values.

Preserve MC answer order If your test contains multiple-choice questions or bimodal questions in multiple-choice format, and you select this option, the order of the answer choices on all the versions will be the same as on the first version of the test. If the option is not selected, multiple-choice answers will be randomly reordered on each version of the test.

Print correlation of questions If you request more than one version of a test, then you can print a correlation table that shows where each question from the testbank is used on each version of the test. The correlation lists each question by its question ID and gives its question number on each version of the test. For example, if your test includes multiple-choice question 1 from chapter 1 of the testbank (BOOK 1.1-1), and you have printed two versions in which the question order is scrambled, you can track where this question occurs on version A and version B. The correlation prints after all the requested forms and their answer keys are printed.

Print answer key Select this option to print an answer key for each version. Check other boxes to select which information to print for each question. When descriptor categories, such as Topic, are unavailable for the selected test items, they are dimmed and cannot be selected for printing on the answer key.

Save Settings Click OK to save the settings only for the current session. Click the “Save as default” button to save the settings for the current test as well as for future tests.

Setting the Page Setup Options To set the paper size, margins, orientation, or scaling that will be used when you view or print a test, select “Page Setup” from the File menu. This is the standard Page Setup dialog for your printer.

Publishing Tests for Use with the TestGen Plug-in

The TestGen plug-in lets students take TestGen tests on the Internet using a web browser. This has the following advantages:

• Test questions appear in the web browser just as they do on your computer screen when you create the test, including graphics, function plots, math expressions, text formatting, and symbols.

• All random number regeneration is preserved so different students see different number values.

The tests you create with TestGen are ready for use with the TestGen plug-in as soon as you save them. You will need to copy or upload the test file to a network or server the course management system that will display the test and keep track of student results. When you select "Publish" from the File menu, the available options depend on the type of test you chose to create, and TestGen will warn you if any of the test questions are incompatible with the chosen destination. Generally, plug-in tests can contain multiple choice, short answer, bimodal, and true/false questions.

If you are creating tests for use with one of the Pearson Education course management systems, refer to the documentation provided with each of those systems for further details.

Publishing Tests for Use with QuizMaster

Before you publish a test to use with QuizMaster, you must install the QuizMaster program and initialize the QuizMaster Utility program. Instructions for installing QuizMaster and linking the program with the QuizMaster Utility are in a separate section of this Guide.

Publishing a QuizMaster Test When QuizMaster has been properly installed on the network and linked to the QuizMaster Utility program in TestGen, you can publish tests for use with QuizMaster. Create a QuizMaster test using only multiple- choice, bimodal, and true/false questions and then select "Publish QuizMaster Test" from the File menu.

Next, choose the course to which you want to assign the test. If you have not created any course and section names, you will need to click the New button and enter a course and section to assign the test.

Next, the program indicates which category will be used for QuizMaster reports or lets you select a category if more than one is available. If no topics, skills, or objectives are available for the questions on the test, you can still save the test and use it with QuizMaster, but the reports generated by QuizMaster will not include this information. The availability of these categories varies by testbank.

QuizMaster Test Settings Next you fill in information about the test, such as number of versions, availability dates and times, number of tries, on the Current Test Settings dialog. Change any of the test settings you wish. Then click OK to accept the settings.

Note: You can modify these settings later using the QuizMaster Utility program.

Test Name This descriptive name for the test is the one that students see when they choose which test to take.

Number of Versions You can save from 1 to 9 versions of a QuizMaster test. To create multiple versions, the program selects similar questions from the testbank based on the topics, skills, or objectives of the questions you chose for the first version.

Note: You must keep the appropriate testbank open in order to save more than one version of a test. When a student takes a test, one of these versions is chosen randomly.

Test Availability Enter a starting and ending time and date that determines the length of time you want students to have access to the test.

Maximum Number of Tries Enter a number from 1 to 3 to set the number of attempts a student can make on the test.

Note: A"0” indicates that there is no limit to the number of tries.

Minimum Days Wait Between Tries Enter a number from 0 to 9 to set the number of days a student must wait before being able to retake the test.

Maximum Time Allowed Enter a number from 0 to 255 to set the number of minutes a student has to complete the test. Note: “0” indicates no time limit has been set.

Warning Message At Enter a number from 0 to 99 to set the number of

Warning Message At Enter a number from 0 to 99 to set the number of minutes before time has run out for the test that the student will receive a warning.

Allow Print Missed Questions Click the check box to let students print a list of the questions they missed on the test. The printout also provides the answers to the missed questions, with answer explanations and textbook page references when either or both are available.

Allow Calculator Click the check box to give students access to the built-in calculator during the test. An unchecked box disables the calculator during the test.

Allow Question Scrambling Click the check box to scramble the order of questions on each student’s QuizMaster test. An unchecked box keeps question order the same for every student who takes the test.

Save Test Scores Click the check box to save students' test scores in a database. To make the test available for practice only, uncheck this box.

Edit Test Note Click this button to open a window where you can edit the standard introductory note that students see when they are ready to take a QuizMaster test.

Exporting Tests to Text and RTF Files

You can transfer the tests you create with TestGen to a file that you can modify in a word processing program, either

• plain text (.TXT), or

• rich text format (.RTF).

Use the Formatted Text File option to export to an RTF file that you can open with Microsoft Word.

Exporting Tests to Plain Text Files Create or open the TestGen test you want to export and select “Export” from the File menu. On the next dialog, choose to export the exam to a “Plain Text File.” Then give the file a name that includes a .TXT extension and choose where you would like to save it.

Note: Whenever you export a file as a plain text file, you lose all special formatting such as bold, underline, italics, variable text or numbers, and graphics.

Exporting Tests to Formatted Text Files

A test exported to a "Formatted Text File" produces an RTF, or "rich text," file that preserves text styles such

as bold, italics, underline, superscripts, and subscripts. Use this type of export to produce a test file you can open with Microsoft Word 2000 (or later) or other word processors that support RTF 1.6 or later.

The export automatically converts the standard TestGen font to Times New Roman font. Symbols from the TestGen symbol palettes and Latin-1 character symbols entered from the keyboard are exported as Times New Roman or Lucida high-bit characters, when possible. A small number of TestGen symbols have no corresponding characters in commonly used fonts and will display as empty boxes in the RTF file. These symbols are: trapezoid, right angle, script "l", raised multiplication symbol, checkmark, arrow NW/SE, and arrow NE/SW. Graphics and function plots are exported as low-resolution bitmap images. If the test includes algorithmic questions, the current values of the variables are exported to the RTF file. An answer key follows the set of test questions. Test headings and non-printing characters are not included in the RTF document.

Create or open the TestGen test you want to export. Prepare the test so that it displays the information you want to export. For example, if you want answer choices to be stacked rather than printed across the page in columns, turn on stacked answer choices in the Preferences dialog. Use the Display dialog to show or hide question type headers, descriptors, and answers, depending on what you want to see in the RTF file. Then select "Export" from the File menu. On the next dialog, choose to export the exam to a "Formatted Text File." Then name the file, including an .RTF extension (e.g., chapter1.rtf), and choose where you want to save it.

Always open the RTF document in your word processor after the export to see if you need to adjust the margins, align text, replace or insert characters that did not export correctly, or delete unwanted material.

Exporting Tests to HTML

TestGen's export to HTML lets you create practice tests or test simulations that students can view with a web browser. The web browser needs to support HTML 3.0 or higher (frames, tables, forms) and JavaScript. Both Netscape® Navigator and Microsoft® Internet Explorer are compatible browsers.

Creating an HTML Test

To create a test that can be displayed with a web browser, select "New Test" from the File menu. When the program asks what type of test you want to create, choose "Create a test for the web," and then choose

"HTML Practice Exam." Proceed to pick questions for your HTML test, which can include multiple-choice, bimodal, or true/false questions. Then select "Export" from the File menu.

questions. Then select "Export" from the File menu. Choose to export the test either as an

Choose to export the test either as an HTML Exam, in which students answer all the questions, then get a report of their score, or as an HTML Practice Exam, in which students get immediate feedback as they answer each question. If you choose HTML Exam, the Test Results Options dialog lets you choose whether or not students will see correct answers (with or without their responses) for missed or skipped questions when they finish the test.

for missed or skipped questions when they finish the test. Click OK, and then give the

Click OK, and then give the test a name (no spaces allowed) and choose where you would like to save it. By default, the TestGen program creates a folder in the HTMLEXPT folder using the test name you assign to store all the HTML and graphics files associated with the test. The program automatically creates and updates the index.htm file and creates a table of contents page for all the HTML tests you store in the HTMLEXPT folder. Tests are identified as “Practice” or “Exam.”

Note: Exported HTML tests that are not saved in the HTMLEXPT folder are exported as a folder of the HTML and graphics files, and no index.htm file gets created for these tests.

Modifying the Contents Page To remove an exam from the test contents page, edit the index.htm file found in the HTMLEXPT folder, using an HTML editing tool. Each test name occupies a cell in an HTML table, and you need to remove the appropriate row of the table for the test you want to delete. How you make the deletion depends on your editing tool and is beyond the scope of this User's Guide.

After editing the index.htm file, you may also want to delete the corresponding test folder from the HTMLEXPT folder if you no longer want to use the test.

The Student Experience: Taking the Test The student takes the test in practice mode or in test simulation mode, depending on how the instructor exported the test.

Practice Mode If the HTML test was exported as a Practice Exam, students receive immediate feedback as to whether they have answered each question correctly and might see a textbook page reference, if available.

Clicking the Prev and Next buttons moves the student from one question to another. The counter in the upper-right corner lets the student know the current question number and the total number of questions available for practice.

Test Simulation If the HTML test was exported as an Exam, students first enter registration information, such as their name and course number, that will appear on the end-of-test report. When they start the test, they move from question to question by clicking the Prev and Next buttons.

Students click the End Test and View Results button to see their scores, and if the instructor has selected these options, students might also see the correct answers and their own responses for questions they skipped or missed. Students can print the test results by selecting "Print" from the File menu. At the end of the test, students can return to the list of available tests by clicking the Contents button.

Exporting Tests to Blackboard

It is easy to create a test in TestGen and transfer it into Blackboard 5.x or 6.x.

1. Choose Blackboard Test Type and Create a Test

a. Select "New test" from the File menu, click A test for the web, click Blackboard 5.x and 6.x (BB) and click the Make Test button.

b. Create the test, whether choosing from a testbank or adding your own questions. (Note: TestGen's special short answer question type is not supported by Blackboard.)

2.

Export the Test from TestGen as a .Zip File

a. Select “Export” from the File menu, select Blackboard 5.x and 6.x from the Export Test dialog, and click OK.

5.x and 6.x from the Export Test dialog, and click OK. b. Enter your last name

b. Enter your last name and a name for the question pool (description is optional), then click OK.

quest ion pool (description is opt ional), then click OK. c. Review the filename and destination

c. Review the filename and destination where the .zip file will be created and saved. (By default, the name matches its original .TST file and the location is the "tests" folder inside the TestGen folder.) You can change either of these, but note that you will need to locate this file for the upload process into Blackboard.

d. Click Save.

3.

Upload the Test into Blackboard

a. Log into your Blackboard server.

b. Click on the Courses tab in the top navigation bar.

c. Click the course name that you would like to upload your test questions into.

d. Click the Control Panel button in the left navigation bar.

e. Click the Pool Manager link in the Assessment area. This is the area that your tests will be imported into. Having existing questions in this area will not affect your import.

f. Click the Import Pool button on the Pool Manager page.

g. Locate the .zip file to upload by clicking the Browse button. (Tip: It may be in the "tests" folder inside the TestGen folder.) Then click Open. The .zip file name and location display in the box next to the Browse button.

h. Click the Submit button. Depending on the number of questions, it can take 5-45 minutes for the entire question pool import to be transferred into your Blackboard course. A message displays when the process is complete.

4. Create Assessment in Blackboard

The question pool you authored in TestGen can now be used in the same manner as question pools created directly within the Blackboard course.

Exporting Tests to WebCT

It is easy to create a test in TestGen and transfer it into WebCT 3.x or 4.x.

1. Choose WebCT Test Type and Create a Test

a. Select "New test" from the File menu, click A test for the web, click WebCT 3.x (WCT) or WebCT 4.x (WCT) and click the Make Test button.

b. Create the test, whether choosing from a testbank or adding your own questions. (Note: TestGen's special short answer question type is not supported by WebCT.)

2.

Export the Test from TestGen as a .Zip File

a. Select “Export” from the File menu, select WebCT 3.x or WebCT 4.x from the Export dialog box, and click OK.

or WebCT 4.x from the Export dialog box, and click OK. b. Provide the requested information

b. Provide the requested information in the "Export to WebCT" dialog box.

information in the "Export to WebCT" dialog box. When you click OK, the "Create a file

When you click OK, the "Create a file for export" dialog box displays.

c. Review the filename and destination where the .zip file will be saved. (By default, the name matches its original .TST file and the location is the "tests" folder inside the TestGen folder.) You can change either of these, but note that you will later need to locate this file for uploading into WebCT.

d. Click “Save”.

3.

Upload File into WebCT

a. Log into your WebCT course and click on Manage Files.

b. Click Upload file, and then click the Go button directly beneath it.

file , and then click the Go button directly beneath it. c. Locate the .zip file

c. Locate the .zip file to upload by clicking the Browse button. (Tip: It might be in the "tests: folder inside the TestGen folder.) Make sure the Destination folder is set to My-Files, then click the Upload button. Important: Always upload TestGen files into the My-Files folder.

d. Locate the exported .zip file in the My-Files list and select the file by clicking its check box.

e. Choose Unzip from the drop-down list under the File Options heading and click its Go button.

f. Choose My-Files as the destination folder. Then click the Unzip button.

g. WebCT unzips the files to a subdirectory you specified during the TestGen export process. For example, if you typed demo_test as the WebCT folder name, the program unzips one or more .txt files into My-Files/demo_test. The program places any supporting .gif image files in My- Files/demo_test/imagefiles. You can delete the .txt files after you import the questions into the WebCT question database. However, the images must remain in this location.

after you import the questions into the WebCT question database. However, the images must remain in

4.

Import Questions into WebCT

a. Click on View Designer Map.

b. In the Designer Options list on the right side of the window under the Modify heading, click on the link you have created to the WebCT Quiz/Survey Tool.

the link you have created to the WebCT Quiz/Survey Tool . c. Click Import questions into

c. Click Import questions into database.

d. Click the Import button, and then click the Go button under Manage Questions.

and then cl ick the Go button under Manage Questions. The Import Questions dialog box appears.

The Import Questions dialog box appears.

e. Click the Browse button to locate the files you uploaded.

f. Locate the My-Files folder and open the folder for the questions you want to import. Select the text file you want to import and then click the Pick button. The question text files are located in a folder that corresponds to the WebCT folder you provided during the TestGen export process. Choose the “file.txt” file if you selected the option to place all the question types in one category. If you specified a unique file for each question type, you will see several files (such as mc.txt and tf.txt) in the folder. Select any one of those files.

g. Click the Import button. h. Check that all the questions from the file are

g. Click the Import button.

g. Click the Import button. h. Check that all the questions from the file are on

h. Check that all the questions from the file are on screen and then click the Continue button. At this point, your questions are now in the question database. Repeat the process for each text file you uploaded.

se. Repeat the process for each text file you uploaded. 5. Create a Quiz in WebCT

5. Create a Quiz in WebCT

Refer to the WebCT help for instructions on creating a quiz or survey. When creating the quiz, you can view and select questions based on the Category Name you supplied when creating the .zip file with TestGen.

The Question Editor