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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.

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        Hi Geert,

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

        Thanks
        Sophie

      • audio

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

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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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          • 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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            • 18 votes
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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.

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                • Set author access permissions to folder level

                  We need to be able to set user permissions so that writers/reviewers can only access questions in the specific folders they are being asked to review, so they cannot access or edit questions in other folders. Essentially this means we need to be able to assign permissions at folder level in item authoring.

                  4 votes
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                  • Allow for more characters in the "Select from List" item-type.

                    The "Select from List" is great for a pick-the-right-sentence type of question but the 34 character limit is restricting.

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                    • Printed Test with all questiontypes

                      If not supported questiontypes are in a TestForm, this TestForm is not available for printing via the Testwizard. I think all TestForms should be available for printing, but then only with the content that is available to print.
                      This is almost like the way the printed version is in Test Creation.
                      Only with the exception that all possible content of all questiontypes should be printed.

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                      • Be able to configure the vertical height of an essay question response area

                        We would like to be able to configure the vertical height of the essay question response area. For human marked tests we may have questions worth a different number of marks (e.g. 2-25). Typically with ContentProducer we would size the gapfill to be proportional to the size of the expected response and number of marks available. The number of marks and size of the response area give the candidate an indication of what is expected in terms of their response. With essay questions the vertical height of the response area is the same in all case and this could make…

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                        • Make it possible to randomise the image answers

                          Make it possible to randomise the answers with images in a multiple choise question.

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                          • Have the ability to add multiple media files using 1 click

                            It would be useful to have the ability to add multiple source files using 1 click, e.g.
                            click on Add Source
                            Filter Order By - "Last Date"
                            Select many files instead of 1 at a time.

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                            • Item Name Auto Set to ID option

                              Presently you have the option to edit the individual quesitons to be named however you would like.
                              In a number of cases this isn't an issue; however it would be beneficial to have the option of automatically setting the item name to be the ID.

                              The item ID is significantly more useful in the majority of cases and in some cases it is needed to identify information when cross referencing with an external source.

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                              • Ability to stream video in question content

                                The ability to stream video from other sites such as Youtube/BBC/vimeo/TED etc through a question

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                                • Randomisation of answeroptions Drag and drop

                                  In the Drag and Drop Questions the answeroptions have permanent order of presenting to the candidate. This question type is usable in several different ways. F.i. when you want to order parts of sentences to the right sentence. For this kind of use it would be helpfull to randomise the anweroptions.

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                                  • Add more fraction symbols to support creating maths exams in CP

                                    Currently there are only 7 fraction symbols available (see attached) and these are not the most commonly used. We have been advised to use a hyphen with sub/superscript numbers either side but this does not look professional in a maths examination. More symbols are needed.

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                                    • Increase maximum characters in question comments field

                                      As we use this to provide referencing to the answer (inc. journal refs etc) 500 characters is very limiting - could this be increased please?

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                                      • File attach item type

                                        Whilst testing around the file attach item type I noticed that if you preview the item you are presented with two boxes - one for downloading a sample document and one for uploading your own.

                                        If you click the box to download the sample nothing happens, however if you click the box for uploading a file you receive an error message which isn't very helpful or clear to the user.

                                        Obviously you won't be uploading a file at this stage but as the message doesn't look good to the user and is inconsistent with the other button, would it be…

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                                        • Assessments within computer based projects

                                          It would be nice if there was an opton to include timed and marked assessments within a computer based project.

                                          Ideally these would be a section of the project which can only be accessed a specified number of times and provides an immiediate result summary during the project.

                                          The purpose of this would be to test specific knowledge as part of a project.

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