Using Audio in Surpass

Audio can be used in numerous ways to support questions and to aid candidates with sight or reading difficulties such as dyslexia. This additional support, if provided, could be the key to comprehending a question for candidates with specific learning requirements.

The use of embedded audio can only be used in on-screen tests. However, external sources can be used during paper-based tests to support individual learners or during language/music questions.

Using audio in tests brings new scope and flexibility as to the questions can be asked and the learning outcomes that can be assessed. For example:

  • Audio can be used to create listening tests for different languages.
  • Candidates may be asked to listen to a music clip and identify the instruments or piece being played.
  • Audio can provide information to candidates without text, which could be useful in spelling tests.

Including Audio in Surpass

There are two ways to add audio in the 'Item Authoring' section of Surpass: you can import numerous audio files to a subject-specific media library or you can add audio files separately on an item-by-item basis. See the How to Add Media article for more information on adding audio to your items.

When uploading audio to Surpass, you must ensure that files do not exceed the maximum file size of 20MB. We recommend using .mp3 files as they are supported by all major browsers.

Copyright Notice: When using videos, always ensure you are not in breah of copyright restrictions. Take care to check that licences for second- and third-party videos (e.g., from stock footage providers) are valid and cover your usage.

Never take videos directly from the internet without proper attribution of owner and licence information.

When in doubt, either contact the copyright holder or source public domain/licence-free videos. Alternatively, create your own footage.

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