Creating Case Studies for On-Screen Tests

Case Studies are frequently used in exams to enable the examiner to ask the candidate multiple questions revolving around one topic or area of study. This is done by providing a passage of text containing information that the candidate must use to help them work out the correct answers to the questions asked. This type of assessment is useful for testing a student’s practical working knowledge by using real life examples to test them with. You can create case studies for assessments with Surpass. This guide will demonstrate how to effectively put together a case study for a test with the Surpass platform.

Attach Source Material  

It is possible that you’ll need to attach source material that the candidate will need to look at when answering all of the questions in the case study. You can do this by selecting the Attach Source Material button underneath the box for inserting question text. The candidate will then be able to open and view the attached material.  

The following file types are supported for source material:
  • .bmp
  • .gif 
  • .jpg  
  • .png
  • .swf 
  • .flv
  • .wav
  • .mp3
  • .mp4
  • .mpg
  • .mpeg
  • .avi
  • .wmv
  • .mov
  • .pdf
You will then need to add the same items you added as source material, as tools when compiling your test form in the 'Test Creation' tab. 

Item Grouping  

To present case study items together in a test, you can create groups to place your items in. You can drag the items up and down manually to specify the order they’ll appear in the test. Once this is done, you can use a Quality Review test or packaged exam to see how the case study questions appear and if the order of the questions seems logical and clear.


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