We've introduced some exciting new features in the 12.19 release of Surpass. Read a brief description of each feature below.
Watch the Surpass 12.19 Release Playlist on the Learning Portal for a demonstration of some of the key features.
Note: You may not be able to use these features if you are not on this version of Surpass. Please check the version of your instance.
New and Improved Features
Description: Candidates now receive confirmation that their responses have been uploaded at the end of a test.
Purpose: This feature assures candidates that their test has been uploaded successfully.
Affected Delivery Method: HTML SecureClient BYOD mode
Description: A red icon now displays to the candidate if the ‘Record’ button is hidden.
Purpose: This feature makes it clear to candidates when they are recording when the ‘Record’ button is hidden.
Description: This feature supports the delivery of multiple tests one after another without SecureClient being repeatedly launched.
Purpose: To support this feature in HTML SecureClient as it was previously only compatible with Flash delivery.
Description: This feature hides controls in the PDF Viewer that are not applicable to the current document (for example, page controls for a one-page document).
Purpose: By hiding unused controls, the PDF Viewer is now much easier to use.
Affected Delivery Method: HTML SecureClient
Description: SecureClient will no longer auto-restart when you select 'Close'.
Purpose: This feature ensures that SecureClient remains closed when candidates exit the application.
NEW: Adding Attachments to Tasks
Description: You can now add up to 30 attachments to 'Authoring' and 'Review' Tasks.
Purpose: This feature allows you to ensure tasks assignees have all the information they need to complete the task.
IMPROVED: Multiple Lead Assignees
Description: Task managers can assign multiple lead assignees when creating ‘Authoring’, Single Copy and Multiple Copy 'Review' tasks.
Purpose: This provides more flexibility for larger tasks where one lead assignee is insufficient.
Description: You can now see an item set in the navigation breadcrumb of a task, as well as view and edit an item set’s settings.
Purpose: This allows you to edit and review item sets in 'Tasks'.
Description: Users with the 'Manage Templates' permission can now create templates of items in the new 'Templates' tab. Item authors can use these to create items in HTML subjects.
Purpose: This saves time for item authors who create many similar items.
Description: Users with the 'Manage Templates' permission can now create component templates in the new 'Templates' tab. Component templates are blocks of pre-created information that can be inserted into any text box in a HTML subject.
Purpose: This saves time for item authors who use many similar components, such as tables or other HTML-created content.
Description: You can now set a time limit for items in HTML subjects using the new 'Item Duration' setting.
Purpose: This is useful for ensuring that candidates only have a specified amount of time to respond.
Description: The new 'Item Content Delay' setting in HTML subjects allows you to delay the appearance of an item’s question stem, source material and answer options while media plays. This setting works with the new 'Item Duration' setting.
Purpose: You can force candidates to engage with media before they answer their question.
Description: This feature gives item authors greater control over how .mp3 and .mp4 media files interact with item content. For example, users can set automatic playback with a limited number of plays before candidates are prevented from viewing the media.
Purpose: This feature increases the media player’s applicability to more varied use cases by adding more customisation options.
Description: This feature allows users to re-order item lists by sorting on multiple columns.
Purpose: You now have more precise control over how item lists are ordered and presented in tasks.
IMPROVED: Spreadsheet Import
Description: Users can now import item sets, information pages, essay questions and custom tags using a spreadsheet.
Purpose: This gives item authors more options when importing items.
Description: We now support mark schemes in .xls, .xlsx and .pdf formats. You can now also upload mark schemes to both computer and human-marked questions.
Purpose: These enhancements provide you with more flexibility when adding mark schemes to items.
- Question Information
- Section Information
- Next Button on Last Page
IMPROVED: Branching Support
Note: The Mark (Beta) screen has been temporarily removed. It will return in a future release with enhanced functionality.
Purpose: Test administrators do not need to manually change the view on the 'Schedule' screen.
NEW: Subject Management in Centres
Description: Users can associate multiple subjects with centres and manage subject-level permissions within the ‘Centres’ tab.
Purpose: This saves time as users can now associate multiple subjects with centres at once in the ‘Centres’ tab.
IMPROVED: Centre Users Sharing Subjects
Description: Centre-level users can share subjects with centres.
Purpose: Centre-level users can manage subjects without requiring full site-level permissions.
NEW: API Settings
Description: You can now restrict access to the Surpass API by creating a whitelist of IP addresses.
Purpose: This allows you to prevent unspecified IP addresses from accessing the Surpass API.
Integration: Updates to v2 of the API
- A new 'includeItems' parameter in the TestForm resource GET method to retrieve further section and item information from a test form.
- A new 'sectionMediaReplays' parameter in the TestForm resource PUT and GET methods to limit the number of times a candidate can replay media in a section.
- A new 'returnDownloadData' parameter in the TestSession and Result resources to get information about the device that a test was downloaded to.
A Note on HTML Delivery
Resolution: The translations now appear correctly.
Issue: Enemy items were preventing users from editing tests in the Test Wizard.
Resolution: Users can now edit tests in the Test Wizard that contain items with enemy items.
Issue: If a test was delivered in web delivery, marked in SecureMarker, and then flagged for remarking, Essay question responses were not displaying correctly in Candidate Reviews.
Resolution: Essay responses now display correctly in Candidate Reviews.
Issue: When answering Spreadsheet questions in tests sat using SecureClient, scrolling with the mouse wheel was moving the page too quickly.
Resolution: Mouse wheel scrolling now moves the page at a normal rate.
Issue: The Raw Data Extract was not producing a report for some subjects.
Resolution: The Raw Data Extract is now working as expected.
Issue: Users were unable to view the 'Tests Delivered' report in 'Reporting' when more than 3000 tests had been delivered in a test form.
Issue: Users were unable to schedule a test via the API if they changed the language from English to either Vietnamese, Indonesian, or Khmer.
Resolution: Users can now schedule a test in any language via the API.
Issue: There was an extra line break above the question text in items that were imported via the QTI 2.1.
Issue: When replying to inline comments, users had to click into the text box before typing a response.
Resolution: Text is recorded when users select the ‘Reply’ button and they do not have to click into the text box.
Issue: Centre-level users with certain permissions were unable to see other users associated with the same centre in ‘Setup’.
Resolution: Centre-level users can now see other users associated with the same centre.
Issue: The ‘Hide zoom controls’ label in the image viewer was not aliased in HTML SecureClient.
Resolution: The label is now aliased.
Issue: Users were not able to see uploaded item pool or rules files in the ‘LOFT’ screen.
Resolution: Users can now view and access item pool and rules files once they are defined.
Issue: When navigating a ‘Review’ task with a large number of items, the breadcrumb navigation panel was not scrolling, so users could not select items.
Resolution: The breadcrumb navigation panel is now scrollable.