Ideas Portal

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

      • 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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          • 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.

            35 votes
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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.

                  27 votes
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                  • 18 votes
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                    • 17 votes
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                        Gathering Votes  ·  1 comment  ·  Reporting  ·  Admin →
                      • 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 →
                        • 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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                          • Frequency of scores

                            We would like to see the frequency of scores of a testform to enhance the analysis. If possible also in the awards screen a frequency of awards.

                            8 votes
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                            • Enable use of 'randomise test forms' when Bulk Scheduling

                              The bulk schedule tool is very useful when scheduling lots of candidates but we have several tests that we would like to choose 'automatic selection' of test forms as we have a number of versions available. Therefore, please could bulk scheduling support the randomise test forms feature too?

                              8 votes
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                              • Custom keycode slips

                                A setting that allows us to create custom keycode slips with only some of the fields, eg Just name, date and keycode.

                                6 votes
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                                • Sub-centre creation

                                  Some centres who register candidates then send those candidates out to do exams with other centres.

                                  Due to data protection the centres have some issues viewing results etc.

                                  If we could setup subcentres as part of a centre this could help.

                                  Ideally the candidate would have a primary centre where they are registered and a subcentre where the are sitting the exam.

                                  Both parties should be able to schedule and run exam and see the candidate's results, but the result should be associated with the primary centre for the purposes of integration.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Photo ID as part of the candidate record

                                    It would be great to have the option of uploading pictures to the candidate record.
                                    These should appear as part of the candidate confirmation ("Is this you?") to help ensure the candidates are not sitting under the wrong details.

                                    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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                                      • 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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                                        • Flag resits at set amount

                                          It would be nice if there was an option to set a flag or automatic email at a specific number of sittings on a specific exam i.e. on the 3rd result for a specific exam a flag appears on the candidate record and/or the system emails a specific person.

                                          This would allow more easy identification of exams being repeatedly re-sat and could be used to alert relevant people.

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