We've introduced some exciting new features and performance enhancements in the 12.22 release of Surpass. Read a brief description of each feature below.
Watch the Surpass 12.22 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: Self-service password and security question change
Description: You can reset your password and security question once logged in.
Purpose: This improves security for users.
Description: Candidates can now close docked source material in SecureClient tests. You can enable this in Test Profiles.
Purpose: This gives the candidate the option to close docked source material.
Details: Essay items with the formatting toolbar enabled are now compatible with JAWS screen readers. These items cannot be delivered, previewed, or marked in Internet Explorer due to compatibility issues.
Details: You can now add checkboxes to Multiple Choice items so that they are compatible with JAWS screen readers.
Description: We have enhanced the update process for SecureClient.
Purpose: This reduces errors and takes less time.
Purpose: This feature lets you view and compare multiple tag collections in a task.
Description: This feature adds a new interface for Boolean search logic in ‘Item Search’.
Purpose: The new Boolean interface allows for easier creation of complex search criteria in ‘Item Search’, including selectable AND and OR operators.
Description: You can now update all of the items in your item pool to the latest versions using a new 'Update Item Pool' button in the 'Item Pools' screen.
Purpose: This allows you to apply the latest item versions to your item pool including the marks, tags, and content of items.
Description: You can now split item sets in the rules XML for LOFT tests so that pre-test items can be distributed across sections and are not ordered consecutively. You can also define the positional range that items can be ordered in within a single section.
Description: To improve the performance of the test form item list, sections in the list are now collapsed by default, and sections collapse if the test duration timing setting is changed.
NEW: View HTML content in Test Administration
Description: You can now view content delivered in HTML tests in the 'View Responses' dialog in the ‘Moderate’, ‘Results’, ‘Re-Mark’, and ‘Audit’ screens, including File Attach questions.
Purpose: You can now moderate and view HTML content in the Test Administration screens.
NEW: HTML Audio Capture playback for marking
Description: The ‘View Responses’ dialog now supports playback functionality for Audio Capture items delivered in HTML tests. Users can also see the number of candidate attempts.
Purpose: This enables you to mark HTML Audio Capture items.
Description: You can now edit tag values in the Setup screen.
Purpose: This feature allows you to update the names of tag values in Surpass.
Purpose: This saves time and improves flexibility when assigning user roles to subjects across multiple centres.
- SecureClient updates are now quicker.
- Saving items now takes less time.
- Moving items to folders or other subjects is now quicker.
- Tag collections update quicker where you have lots of tags.
- A new optional flag in the POST TestSchedule resource that persists in the TestSession resource and auto-groups items when they are sent to SecureMarker.
- A new ScannedResponses POST method in the TestSession resource which uploads scanned paper responses to Surpass and SecureMarker.
A Note on HTML Delivery
Issue: The viewing time recorded in the Result Data database does not match what is recorded in the candidate interaction logs.
Resolution: The viewing time in the Result Data database now matches the viewing time in the candidate logs.
Issue: When sharing a test with learning outcome boundaries using a weblink, users could pass the test without meeting the specified pass mark.
Resolution: When tests are shared using a weblink, learning outcome boundaries work as expected.
Issue: Hints were not displaying as expected in HTML delivery and prevented candidates from continuing the test.
Resolution: Hints now display and work as expected.
Issue: Source material was slow to load in HTML delivery and took 3-5 seconds to display.
Resolution: Source material now loads faster.
Issue: Subjects that had been marked as ‘Active (Registration closed)’ were still selectable when uploading candidates.
Resolution: You can no longer select subjects marked as ‘Active (Registration closed)’ when uploading candidates.
Issue: When an Audio Capture response had been stored in offline HTML SecureClient, if the same item was then loaded on a different machine the candidate could only see a white screen.
Resolution: You can now load Audio Capture items that have been stored in offline HTML SecureClient on different machines.
Issue: If you created a user via the API, you could then create a user with the same reference or username in the UI.
Resolution: If a user is created via the API, now the reference or username cannot be used to create a different user in the UI.
Issue: If you edited an item in an 'Authoring' task with tracked changes enabled, when you previewed the item any content that had been deleted still displayed. If a user previewed and then saved, all the deleted content would remain on the item and be displayed in delivery.
Resolution: Now, if you edit an item with tracked changes, any deleted content is removed from the item and is not displayed in delivery or in preview.
Issue: When viewing Surpass in Dutch the search bar was not visible when sharing a test through the Test Wizard.
Resolution: When viewing Surpass in Dutch the search bar is now working as expected.
Issue: In BYOD SecureClient tests the wrong message was displayed on the PIN screen when in French.
Resolution: Now the correct message is displayed for tests in French on the PIN screen for BYOD SecureClient.
Issue: In Item Authoring, the pencil icon was reappearing on items after they had been saved and no further changes had been made.
Resolution: The pencil icon now only appears on items that are being edited.
Issue: Users were unable to create subject groups when the subject name or associated centre name contained special characters.
Resolution: You can now create subject groups as expected.
Issue: Centre names containing & were not appearing correctly.
Resolution: Centres names containing & now appear correctly.
Issue: Edits made to the text font or colour on the home page were not being saved.
Resolution: Changes are now saved as expected.
Issue: Users were unable to preview an item in an 'Authoring' task if they had copied and pasted multiple lines of text into the answer rationale.
Resolution: Users can now preview items as expected.
Issue: When adding a new row to a Multiple Choice question with ‘Answer options as a table’ in a HTML subject, the new row automatically became the correct answer.
Resolution: The correct answer does not change when you add a new row.
Issue: The ‘Select Test Form’ searchbar on the ‘Share Test’ dialog was not visible when the Surpass interface language was set to Dutch.
Resolution: The searchbar is now visible when the Surpass interface language is set to Dutch.
Issue: The quality review panel was displaying incorrectly for tests delivered in Japanese.
Resolution: The quality review panel now displays as expected.
Issue: Items containing tables created with merged cells which include the characters & < > break when they are exported to Word. This meant tables with these characters could not be included in printed tests.
Resolution: Items containing tables with & < > in merged cells can now be exported to Word.
Issue: There was incorrect spacing between the buttons on the item comments dialog when taking a test in French-Canadian in HTML web delivery.
Resolution: There is now correct spacing between the item comment buttons.
Issue: Feedback options were not displaying correctly when scheduling a candidate review.
Resolution: All options are now displayed when scheduling a candidate review.