Surpass Developments in Progress

This article was last updated on 15/02/2019

About: This article is designed to give early sight of new features planned for Surpass, along with wireframes and videos where available. In the 'Coming Soon' section you will find features that are currently in development and are likely to come in the next release. In the 'Further Ahead' section, you can see features that are scheduled for future releases. Features are categorised by the area of the system which they affect. More detail can be found by selecting the feature number which takes you to the entry on the customer portal.This article will be updated approximately every 2 weeks, so do check back for updates.

Remember: This article is designed to give an indication of planned features only. All features listed here are subject to change.


For information on the features added recently, please see the latest release notes here

Coming Soon

Test Delivery


Feature: Unified Keycode Screen (F2873)
Details: This feature allows candidates to access tests delivered in both Flash and HTML SecureClient from a single keycode screen.
Wireframes: Unavailable
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: BTL
Product Owner: Tim S  

Feature: Item Set Header (F4312)
Details: A new item set header is being developed for tests in HTML delivery, so that item sets can display with a header giving candidates information about the item set and question number they are currently answering.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/36172417/index.html#/screens/a1022ecf-c091-4588-8278-ac267b072197
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Nayan Mistry

Tasks


Feature: Assignees and Managers can access a task at the same time (F4197)
Details: This feature allows users with task assignee permissions to access a review task at the same time as a user with task manager permissions. The manager can then choose if and when to remove access for task assignees.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35930282/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: NBME/Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Belmont

Feature: Track text changes when editing review items (F4069)
Details: This feature enables tracked changes to text in question and answer stems when editing an item in a Review task. Managers will then be able to accept or reject changes before making a final decision.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35930282/index.html
Video: Accept and reject changes: www.youtube.com/embed/OC_L0tk1YsI
Track Changes in Item History: www.youtube.com/embed/w13IYxIV8OM
Funded by: Prometric/NBME
Product Owner: Claire Belmont 

Feature: Support for Item Sets in Review Tasks (F4245)
Details: This feature is to support item sets in review tasks so that you can see which items belong to an item set when reviewing items.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36542741/index.html#/screens/cbdbf507-ccc9-4f79-9323-64592da4f6d7
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric/NBME
Product Owner: Claire Belmont

Feature: Authoring Tasks (F4325, F4327, F4341, F4345)
Details: You will now be able to create authoring tasks, which allow users to create new items from the ‘Tasks’ screen without needing ‘Item Authoring’ permissions. You can control how many items a user can create, as well as which item settings a user can edit as part of an authoring task, and include attachments to provide users with information they need to complete the task.
Wireframes:
Creating a task: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36636170/index.html#/screens/d12245cc-1680-458d-89dd-4f0d7fb22724
Authoring: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36824347/index.html#/screens/23df00c9-b877-4f5b-8b8f-155938680100
Video:  https://youtu.be/ev1MiDxks_o  
Funded by: Prometric/NBME
Product Owner: Chris M

Feature: Inline commenting with the CKEditor (F4216)
Details: This feature allows users to add inline comments in the 'Item Authoring' and 'Tasks' screens, to particular parts of an item ensuring a clear outline to where the comment relates.
Wireframes:  https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/31490113/35613188/index.html#/screens/d135260c-b356-48ec-a622-35f85a2f9fbb 
Video: https://youtu.be/EGPiLvgnMqk  
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Becca

Feature: Multiple copy reviews for Review Tasks (F4224)
Details: This will allow the option to select whether a single copy or multiple copies will be created when assignees make changes during a review task. 
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/37006361/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric 
Product Owner: Tim S  

Feature: Authoring Tasks - Lead Assignee (F4337)
Details: You will be able to create Lead Assignee roles to users for 'Tasks' so they can help facilitate the task and mentor other task assignees if required.
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Chris M

Feature: Review Task Types - Single Copy and Multiple Copies (F4224)
Details: This feature encourages independent and collaborative styles of review. In a 'Single Copy' review, assignees can work together on a single item. In a 'Multiple Copies' review, assignees work independently.
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Tim S

Feature: Supported Tracked Text Changes in Multiple Copy Reviews (F4541)
Details: This feature enables tracked changes to text in Multiple Copy reviews. Managers will then be able to accept or reject changes before making a final decision.
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: NBME/Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Belmont

Item Authoring


Feature: Extended Voice Capture (F4156, F4157, F4158, F4159, F4161)
Details: These features introduce the new Extended Voice Capture question type for HTML Delivery. This item allows candidates to record up to 60 minutes of audio as their response. 
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric, SQA, WJEC
Product Owner: Catarina Simoes
  
Feature: Enhancements to Item Search and Item Lists Screen (F3988, F4018, F4319)
Details: These features allow users to customise the columns that appear on the Item Search and Item Lists screens and save a default view. You will also be able to sort and filter on the columns.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35399212/index.html#/screens/d12245cc-1680-458d-89dd-4f0d7fb22724
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: NBME
Product Owner: Claire Belmont

Feature: Enhancements to Extended Matching Weighted Marking (F3367)
Details: This feature allows you to change the marking selections for Extended Matching questions with weighted marking, so that you can apply many to many marking relationships.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36868498/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Nayan Mistry

Feature: Inline Rationale (F4226)
Details: You will be able to show answer rationale inline with answer options in Item Authoring and Tasks. This makes it easier to view and edit rationale for answer options.
Wireframes: Unavailable
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Butterfield

Feature: Advanced Short Answer Improvements (F4375)
Details: This feature will enhance the ‘Advanced’ mode of Short Answer question type. They will now be supported when using the 'Export to Word Doc' and 'Printable Tests' functionality. 
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35770032/index.html#/screens/2b13b8a6-f727-4eba-9d09-051eb25bc66d
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Becca

Feature: Change Item Owner in Bulk Update using a CSV file (F4326)
Details: Users will have the ability to update item owners en masse using the bulk update functionality via CSV format. 
Wireframes: Unavailable 
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Becca

Setup & Site Settings


Feature: Upload Aliasing File (F4026)
Details: This feature allows site administrators to upload a custom aliasing file to change the terms used across a Surpass instance.
Wireframes: Unavailable
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: AAT
Product Owner: Chris M

API


Feature: Select sections to be scheduled for a test [API] (F4620)
Details: This feature allows certain sections in a test to be scheduled via the API.
Wireframes: n/a
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Butterfield

HTML Enhancements


Support Hotspot Question Type (F4145)
Support Extended Matching Question Type (F4144)


Further Ahead

Tasks


Feature: Finding Tasks and taking Item Search, Lists and Tasks out of Beta (F3566
Details: This feature allows tasks users to filter and search for tasks in the task list. This will allow users to locate tasks easily.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/37499071/38410445/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Claire Belmont

Feature: Item Comparison in Multiple Copy Reviews (F4329
Details: This feature allows lead assignee to compare review copies with the original version of the item and promote specific changes. This means lead assignees can ensure that the best content is included in the items they are responsible for.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/37268719/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Chris Morrison

Feature: Export items in a task to a Word Document (F4349
Details: This feature adds am ‘Export Items’ permission as a subset of the ‘Review Manager’ permission. This allows Item Review Managers or Lead Assignees to export a list of items from the item review. This will allow item reviews to take place offline.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/37499071/38139655/index.html#/screens/d12245cc-1680-458d-89dd-4f0d7fb22724
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Jamie Allen

Feature: Tag Control in Authoring and Review Tasks (F4222
Details: This feature allows managers, when creating an ‘Authoring’ or ‘Review’ task, to control the tags that can be viewed and edited within an item. This gives managers full control over the tags assignees can edit.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/37499071/38161631/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Claire Butterfield

Item Authoring


Feature: Improvements to HTML Audio Capture (F4417, F4782, F4608, F4488
Details: There are many enhancements to the ‘Voice Capture’ item type in HTML subjects, including renaming it to ‘Audio Capture’ to reflect the variety of possible uses for this item type. Item Authors will be able to hide ‘Record’, ‘Pause’ and ‘Save’ buttons from candidates, set new ways of triggering audio recordings on delivery, define a limit to the number of attempts candidates have to record an answer, play beep cues to signify recordings starting and ending, and prevent or enable candidates from listening to their recorded answers. There have also been improvements to Audio Capture items’ resilience and a new waveform to indicate to the candidate when the microphone detects noise.
Wireframes: Within Item Authoring: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/37499071/38244926/index.html
Example of customised Audio Capture in delivery https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/37499071/38112705/index.html
Video: Unavailable 
Product Owners: Nayan Mistry, Catarina Simoes

Feature: Adding Source Material to an Item Set (F3834
Details: This feature allows item authors to attach source material to item sets. Any item within that item set will automatically inherit the item set’s source material.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32904816/32946723/index.html#/screens/d12245cc-1680-458d-89dd-4f0d7fb22724
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Tim Shea

Test Administration


Feature: HTML Mark Script Dialog (F3203
Details: This feature will allow markers to view and mark tests in a new HTML Mark Script dialog The purpose of this feature is to support the marking of HTML.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/36882197/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Gareth Bell

Feature: ‘Show to Centre’ function in ‘Audit’ (F4452
Details: Users with access to the ‘Audit’ screen can flag tests to allow them to be viewed in ‘Results’. This feature will allow centre-level users to package and view completed tests from the ‘Results’ screen. This function is currently only available in ‘Audit’ – a site-level section of Surpass.
Wireframes: Unavailable
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Tim Shea

Feature: SecureClient Admin Screen (F3826)
Details: This feature will allow centre administrators to pre-download tests in SecureClient, to store locally, ready to be delivered later. This function can be set up to store tests from multiple awarding organisations.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/37499071/38725848/index.html#/screens/5c9f4d4e-c639-4e5e-a3f8-f57882754e10
Video: Unavailable
Product Owner: Chris Morrison

HTML Enhancements

Support Drag and Drop Question Type (F4146) 


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