Using the Test Wizard

You can create a test in the Item Authoring screen using the 'Test Wizard' button. If you do not have at least one live item in your test you will receive a pop-up informing you of this. You will also receive a pop up informing you if you have no introduction pages set to live, but you have the option to continue in that instance. 

You will be given the option to choose whether to edit an existing test or create a new test. 

Once you have at least one live item, when 'Test Wizard' has been selected you will see a window with four options:

Learning: This is intended to prepare a candidate for future formative and summative assessments, and allows the candidate to view any feedback that has been added during the test. Selecting this option will set the test to be taken in a web browser.

Formative: This is a low stakes test designed to monitor a candidate's learning progress. Selecting this option will set the test to be taken in a web browser and will allow candidates to view results instantly on completion of the test (for a complete result the test must contain only computer marked questions).

Summative: This is a high stakes test intended to assess the final result of a student's learning progress. Selecting this option will set the test to be delivered by SecureClient in a locked down environment to ensure full security and will also mean that the test is moderated before results are released to candidates.

Paper and On-screen: This will enable you to offer both paper and on-screen delivery of a test whilst only needing to create an item once. There are some limitations to the content of a Paper and OnScreen test, as well as some additional features, so you should also read the article 'How to Create Paper and On-screen Tests in Surpass' to find out more.

HTML Delivery (Beta): This option allows you to create tests in HTML5 that can be delivered through the HTML5 delivery method in a web browser. HTML tests can only be created in the Test Wizard using HTML compatible items and settings, you can read the article on what is and what is not supported in HTML here. Please note that as HTML5 support is currently Beta functionality you may not see this option in the Test Wizard.

Once you have selected an option and pressed 'Continue', you will be taken to a new screen with four stages to complete - Items, Introduction & Finish Pages, Settings and Review.


Here you'll be adding content to your test. To do so, select an item from the left column, and use the right arrow to move it to the right column. You can view information about a selected item at the bottom of the screen including its mark, purpose, marking type, mark scheme, and any tags.

As you add items you will see the number of Total Marks and Total Questions change in the right column to reflect the total of the items added. You can use the up and down arrows in the right column to rearrange the order of items.

Select 'Use Sections' if you want to add sections to place items into. You can rename sections by selecting in the boxes and entering the desired value. To add further sections, select the plus button.

You can select 'Randomise' to randomise content in particular sections, or if you do not have any sections, simply select the 'Randomise' tickbox at the top of the column to randomise all the items in the test. 

You can preview an item at any time by selecting it and selecting the eye button. You can navigate between items to preview with the left and right arrows, and tick or untick the 'Use in Test' box as desired to add or remove items to the test within the Preview screen. 

When you are happy, select the right arrow at the top of the screen to navigate to the Introduction and Finish Pages section.

Introduction & Finish Pages

If you have any introduction or finish pages in your subject set to live, you can view them in the Introduction and Finish Pages section. Select the tickbox beside the introduction page and/or Finish page you wish to add to your test. If you do not wish to use any, select the right arrow to continue to the next section. If you have not added an introduction or finish page you will see a pop-up asking you to confirm that you want to continue without. Select 'Continue', or 'Cancel' to return to the screen.

If you have no introduction or finish pages set to live, you will not see this step.


In the Settings screen you can define some of the settings for your test.

It is mandatory that you enter the test name and test reference to be able to continue to the next step. Other editable fields include status, test availability, test duration, grade boundary type and grade boundary.

Status: Options for status include Draft and Live. A test must be Live to be available for scheduling.

Availability: You can use the calender symbols or write in the textboxes to change the availability dates - this will define the period in which the test is available to be scheduled.

Duration: If you wish to make your test timed, select the Timed tickbox, then type the duration of the test, in minutes, into the box beside it.

Grade Boundary Type: Select score or percentage for the grade boundaries to be based on.

Grade Boundaries: Specify the grade boundaries for the test. Use the plus button to add more grade boundaries as required. 

Once you are happy with the values in the screen, select the right arrow to continue.


In this screen you can check you are happy with your test by checking the details in Test Summary, and using the drop down menu to navigate between items. Once you are happy, select 'Create Test'. Your test will appear in the Test Creation section. 

Note: Once data has been entered into a tab, you will be able to freely navigate back to that tab by selecting the tab name in the navigation pane of the Test Wizard. This gives you the ability to quickly navigate around the Test Wizard and make any necessary edits before creating your test.

Creating Test Web Link 

Once you have created your test you will able to create a web link which can be shared with test reviewers and candidates to preview how the test will appear removing the need to go through scheduling for practice or quality review tests.

For further information, visit the Test Wizard pages in the Surpass Help. This provides information on:
Test Creation and the Test Wizard
Creating a New Test in the Test Wizard
Editing Existing Tests
Creating Paper and On-Screen tests
Download Printable Tests
Random Selection

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