We've introduced some exciting new features and performance enhancements in the 12.21 release of Surpass. Read a brief description of each feature below.
Watch the Surpass 12.21 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
IMPROVED: Candidate Interaction Log
Description: The Candidate Interaction Log now includes additional information, such as when candidates enter and leave sections, item names, information about PDFs, short answer item responses, and numerical item responses.
Purpose: This gives test creators better insight into how candidates interact with tests and individual items, allowing them to make changes based on these insights.
Description: You can now add Word and Excel documents as source material that open as inbuilt applications within SecureClient.
Purpose: This feature allows candidates to securely make notes in documents and spreadsheets in delivery.
Affected Delivery Method: HTML SecureClient, HTML SecureClient BYOD Mode, HTML web delivery
WCAG conformance: Not assessed with WCAG 2.0 level AA
Description: PDFs uploaded as Shared Resources now open using the Surpass PDF Viewer in HTML web delivery.
Purpose: This provides candidates with a more consistent and user-friendly experience when viewing source material across different delivery methods.
Affected Delivery Method: HTML web delivery
WCAG conformance: Not conformant with WCAG 2.0 level A
IMPROVED: Time warning alerts appear over URL source
Description: Time warning alerts now appear over URL source material in HTML SecureClient.
Purpose: This ensures candidates can still see how much test time they have remaining when they are viewing URL source material.
Affected Delivery Method: HTML SecureClient, HTML SecureClient BYOD Mode
WCAG conformance: Not assessed with WCAG 2.0 level AA
IMPROVED: Website navigation for HTML and URL source material
Description: You can now enable browser controls such as backwards, forwards, as well as access to a home page when viewing HTML source material in SecureClient. You can enable these controls in Test Profiles, and they will be automatically enabled for URL source material.
Purpose: Candidates can navigate more easily through attached HTML and URL source material with browser functionality.
Affected Delivery Method: HTML web delivery, HTML SecureClient
WCAG conformance: Partially conformant with WCAG 2.0 level AA
Description: This feature ensures that the order of items in item lists are accurately reflected in 'Authoring' tasks.
Purpose: This feature allows you to set a particular order for task items.
Description: This feature ensures that the order of individual items in item sets are accurately reflected in 'Authoring' and 'Review' tasks.
Purpose: This feature allows you to set a particular order for task item sets.
Description: When working in an Advanced Numerical Entry question, you can now create a collection of correct answers that candidates can enter into any answer field. You can also create an answer combination within an answer collection, which requires candidates to select a specific set of answers from the collection to achieve a mark.
Purpose: This feature lets you create a pool of correct answer options for candidates in Numerical Entry questions. This supports computer marking across multiple answer fields.
Description: You can now create tables with embedded answer boxes in the answer field of Advanced Numerical Entry and Short Answer questions.
Purpose: This allows you to make it clear to candidates where to input their answer.
NEW: Formatting toolbar for HTML Essay items (HTML delivery)
Description: This feature allows you to add a text formatting toolbar to Essay items. This is not compatible with HTML web delivery in Internet Explorer. All Essay items with the formatting toolbar currently enabled have to be republished for this feature to take effect.
Purpose: This enables candidates to format their text response.
Description: You can now upload an HTML package within a ZIP file to the Media Library in ‘Item Authoring’.
Purpose: This enables you to add animations or simulations to the item as source material.
Description: You can now update multiple items in the ‘Item Search’ and ‘Item Lists’ screens using ‘Bulk Update’.
Purpose: This feature makes it easier for you to update multiple items in a list.
Description: You can now upload unit conversion profiles in the new 'Unit Conversions' screen in Item Authoring.
Purpose: This feature allows you to convert units across your items.
Description: You can now update conversion units across multiple items using ‘Bulk Update’ in the ‘Item Lists’ screen.
Purpose: This feature allows you to ensure accuracy and consistency when converting units in Surpass.
Description: This feature enables you to sort on tag columns in the 'View' mode of Item Search and Item Lists.
Purpose: This allows you to re-order your items based on tags.
Description: You can now search for multiple items in the ‘Item Search’ screen using item names. There is also a new ID search type in the ‘Item Search’ screen.
Purpose: This feature lets you find multiple items in one search and add them to a list.
Description: You can now upload whitelisted URLs to HTML and URL source material in the media library via CSV file.
NEW: Add additional information to a test profile
Description: You can add additional information to a test profile in a JSON file in Test Creation.
Purpose: This allows you to extract this information from the API.
NEW: ‘Random’ and ‘Collection’ order nodes in 'Item Pools'
Description: You can now organise items into collections and choose a collection at random to deliver to candidates.
Purpose: This allows you to deliver collections of items at random to candidates.
Description: You can now view the name of the user who submitted a script from the 'Mark' screen in the 'Test Details' section of the Audit Report.
Purpose: This allows you to view which user submitted the script, as the marker might not be the same person who submits the script.
The speed of the Rescoring screen has been improved.
- The 'Tests' and 'Test Forms' screens now have pages and filter management to improve loading times.
- The storage of audio recordings and file submissions is now enhanced to reduce the impact of large files on system performance.
- Audio Capture recordings now upload back into Surpass faster.
Integration: API v2
There have been a number of improvements and updates to v2 of the Surpass API, including:
- More detailed information about tests taken locally, such as keycode and External Reference, will be sent to a central location to identify potential risks in advance.
- The Results resource now exports full item answers for all item types in response to a GET request.
- Test Session API GET and PUT and Token POST have been optimised.
Integration: SurpassLocal API
There have been a number of improvements and updates to the SurpassLocal API, including:
- You can now upload files to the SurpassLocal TestSession resource to be retrieved from both Local and Central.
- Improvements to the communication of candidate responses from SurpassLocal to Central.
For more information about the features that are currently supported in HTML, please see this article.
Issue: Multiple Choice questions which had tables containing ampersands could not be exported to Word.
Resolution: Multiple Choice questions with tables that contain ampersands can now be exported to Word.
Issue: Tag groups were missing from tag collection groups when deleted tags groups and tag groups combined exceeded 100.
Resolution: All associated tags are now available within a tag collection group.
Issue: Repeated bulk update failure was causing Item Authoring to become unresponsive.
Resolution: Repeated bulk update failure no longer causes Item Authoring to become unresponsive.
Issue: After editing an item and closing the browser before saving, items were not loading correctly when reopened.
Resolution: Items now open correctly, even if the browser is closed during editing.
Issue: An error was locking certain items, preventing them from being edited.
Resolution: These items are now unlocked and can be edited.
Issue: Tests with ‘-1' to '-6’ in their name could not be exported as a Word document.
Resolution: Tests with ‘-1' to '-6’ in their name can now be exported as a Word document.
Issue: Tests sat in HTML SecureClient using the Greek language incorrectly displayed the candidate’s first name.
Resolution: Tests sat in HTML SecureClient using the Greek language now display candidates’ first names correctly.
Issue: If candidates were using the comments dialog, this was staying open when they navigated between items using the section review panel.
Resolution: The comments dialog closes when navigating between items using the section review panel.
Issue: The 'Candidate Review' screen in ‘Test Administration’ was not loading correctly if it contained tests scheduled at deleted centres.
Resolution: The 'Candidate Review' screen is now loading correctly.