Using a Skill Area Oriented Model Folder Structure

A Skill Area Oriented Model folder structure is a subject that has been structured around each skill area; each test – e.g. Science Paper 1 – has its own folder which is broken down into particular units and Learning Outcomes (also referred to as skill areas) – such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Once a page has been created and modified within the skills area subfolder, it can be moved or copied into the relevant Live Items subfolder.

This model is recommended for formative, dynamic tests. 

A further option for this model would be to split the parent folder – e.g. Science Paper 1 – into (difficulty) levels before splitting it further into skill area subfolders. This would enable you to keep more difficult items separate from easier ones; choosing this option will be beneficial for those subjects – such as Level 3 Science or Maths – with test papers that are split into difficulty/ability level (i.e. lower, intermediate and higher).


  • Useful for tests which are created dynamically – this model makes it easier for you to ensure that each Skill Area subfolder contains enough pages to satisfy dynamic rules created in Test Creation. For example, a specific folder – e.g. the Photosynthesis folder – can be used to satisfy a dynamic rule when creating a test form.
  • This is beneficial if you are constructing tests by unit and Learning Outcomes in Test Creation because pages can be accessed in the Search Parameter panel more easily.
  • Page content can be easily identified by subject matter.
  • Useful for subjects with different ability levels.


  • Author responsibility is less visible and cannot be easily tracked.

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For further information, visit the Working with Folders page in the Surpass Help.

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