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Welcome to the Surpass Ideas Portal, where you’re free to make suggestions for improvements or new features that you’d like to see in Surpass. You can also vote on suggestions that other users have already made.

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  1. Provide exceptions to randomization of multiple choice options

    Example question:

    Which city is located in The Netherlands?
    a. Amsterdam
    b. Utrecht
    c. Zwolle
    d. All of the above

    In this case, it's desirable to randomize the order of the first 3 options, but the "All of the above" option should always be last.

    60 votes
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    • Setting for certified tablet delivery in Test Wizard

      If I want to use my test in the Surpass app (Ipad), I have to check a box in my test form settings in test creation (Certified tablet delivery). This setting is not available in the testwizard (in item authoring). So if I check the box for tablet delivery I cannot edit my test in the test wizard anymore, To solve this issue I would like to add the setting for tablet delivery to the wizard.

      53 votes
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        Hi Geert,

        This idea is technically feasible and we’ll update you when a wireframe is available.

        Thanks
        Sophie

      • A automatical generated resit without the questions of the first exam.

        A automatical generated retake exam without the questions of the firt exam.

        If I a make an exam, I want to have a resit generated without the questions of the first exam.
        Now I have to do that by hand.
        I would like the system to do that

        49 votes
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        • Marking file attach questions

          When marking a file attach question you see the same two icons as a candidate; download file and upload file. As teacher you need to click on download to check the file uploaded by the candidate. It is not possible to add corrections. It is also not possible to write corrections at all or you have to use "Notes", but notes are not mentioned to be used for writting the corrections (I think).

          Here one should expect that download means download the file which was uploaded by the candidate. And upload means upload the candidates file again but this time…

          42 votes
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          • Improving the comment button during tests and candidate reviews

            While taking a test or candidate review candidates have the possibility to use the comment button. We were happy with this possibility. But we don’t use it often, because the comments candidates make, are not easy to find. You have to click on each question to see if there a comment. This is very time consuming. Is it possible to make the comments more accessible? For example by a csv-export.

            Another issue is that the test is not editable by the test wizard anymore if you use this function. The reason for this is that you have to edit the…

            37 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Admin →
            • An 'interactive' play button for the listening tests

              In the current version of the tablet app, the play button for the listening questions does not change state when the candidate interacts with it therefore giving no indication that it has been pressed a first or second time, can this be changed so that the candidate is given an indication that an interaction has occurred.

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              • Change or delete the prefix in section headers of downloaded test forms

                When Surpass generates a MS Word file, a prefix is automatically added to the headers that contain the section title. The prefix is 'chapter' in English, 'hoofdstuk' in Dutch (which means the same). Hoofdstuk implies that sections correspond to a chapter in a book, but that is not necessarily the case. It would be better to remove the prefix completely. If desirable users can add the text manually in the wizard.

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                • Easy use of formative tests: send keycode by email to candidate

                  A very simple but effective way to improve Surpass for real formative testing is to send the keycodes by email to the candidates.

                  How?
                  If you schedule a formative test, you only need to add the following:

                  1. The maximum number of attempts to make the test (e.g. maximum 3 times).
                  2. An email to the candidate with the keycode(s), time span you need to use those keycodes and the URL to start the test (so it is only for formative test by browser).

                  All non used tests should be voided automatically after the scheduled end date.

                  30 votes
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                  • audio

                    Adding a player with a pause, forward and rewind button to an embedded audio file (Wav or Mp3).

                    29 votes
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                    • Add the ‘Track Changes’ option as available in Microsoft Word under the ‘Review’ tab.

                      This can be especially useful for those who have remote users contributing to the question editing process, and greatly assist those responsible for reviewing/quality assuring these contributions.

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                      • 18 votes
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                        • 17 votes
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                            Gathering Votes  ·  1 comment  ·  Reporting  ·  Admin →
                          • Would it be possible to receive an email if an item or toll in a live exam becomes corrupted?

                            We have had a few issues recently when a item or image has corrupted in test form that has made a live exam invalid. As we schedule our exams a couple of months or so in the future would it be possible for users to receive an email when an item or tool becomes corrupted?

                            17 votes
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                            • Test Wizard. Paper and onScreen. Making 2 version (A and B) of the same selected questions

                              Selecting Questions
                              Method 1: Manual question by question
                              Method 2: Selection rule based (folder selection)

                              On the last page of the test wizard, we want an option to generate 2 (or more) versions of the same test (A and B). The same selected questions in a different order.

                              14 votes
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                              • Reporting Area

                                Reporting Area - presentation of additional item and paper level information

                                In addition to the information that can be found in the reporting area, we would also welcome the following presentation of statistics:

                                • Item level – Average Facility Value i.e. item performance over the number of outings that it has had

                                • Paper level – Mean, Median and Mode marks

                                Currently the item level information needs to be obtained by comparing the test creation screen to the item screen and the paper level information through the raw data Excel export. It would be great to have all of this…

                                13 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Reporting  ·  Admin →
                                • To have the Actual Duration available as a column in the Test Audit.

                                  The Actual Duration would be the sum of the time a candidate has spent in each question they answered in a test. At the moment this can only be derived from the difference between the Test Delivered and Test Submitted times in the Audit Report. However if the test has gone offline this difference is not accurate. By having the Actual Duration as a column in Test Audit it could be exported and analysed in a spread sheet. This is important in identifying possible malpractice where a candidate has completed a test in an unfeasibly short period of time.

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                                  • Give owners of a Subject the right to add Candidates to their Subject like they can add Users to their Subject

                                    Thus not first going to a Candidate and add a Centre + Subject to the Candidate, but the start point is the Subject. Same as a Subject owner adds Users to their Subjects, but now he/she adds Candicates.
                                    This is convenient for Teachers who like to create a formative test and like to Schedule this test himself. Then he/she can easily select the candidates instead of using the import candidates button.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • 10 votes
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                                      • Have your say on the re-design of the Surpass homepage!

                                        BTL is considering re-developing the Surpass homepage and would like your suggestions about what features you would find useful. Please click on the link below to access the poll and vote:

                                        https://goo.gl/TZSkBe

                                        If there are other features you would like to see on the homepage, let us know in the comments.

                                        Thanks and we look forward to hearing your ideas.
                                        BTL

                                        9 votes
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                                        • To be able to flag a test as having suspected malpractice in Marking

                                          It should be possible for an examiner to flag a test as having suspected malpractice in Marking and for this to prevent the test from being submitted to Moderation even if it is 100% marked. Once the malpractice investigation has been completed the flag can be removed and the appropriate action taken.

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