Resources

Each tabbed section below contains details on local test management. 



Item/Test Authoring

Local authoring options available include these item interactions:

Non-interaction content that users with administrator-level permissions can author includes:

  • Text
  • Tables
  • Images

Scoring options include:

  • Equal weight scoring (default): The item author assigns a point value for the overall item; if the item has multiple interactions, the point values are equally distributed across interactions.
  • Unequal weight scoring: Only available as an option within composite items; points are assigned to each interaction; the total point value for the item is calculated based on the sum of these points values.
  • No partial credit: Only available as an option within composite items; the item author can assign a point value at the item-level; the total points are awarded only if all interactions are answered correctly.
Depending on permissions, item authors can select from the following statuses:
  • In Progress (Private) - All items default to In Progress (Private) status. This allows only the author to see and edit the item.
  • In Progress (Shared in your org) - Item can be edited by anyone in the same organization as the author.
  • Completed/Uneditable (Private) - Item is not shared, but can be used on a test form. Others can see a private item on a shared test form, but cannot use it in their own assessments or see it in viewable item lists. Pearson can reverse this status, if accidentally selected.
  • Completed/uneditable (Shared in your org) - Item is shared within the author's organization.
  • Completed/uneditable (Globally Shared) - Shared with all users, regardless of organization.

Only items with a Completed status can be used in a test form. Only tests with a Completed status can be used in a test administration.

Making items uneditable before they are used prevents possible versioning issues.

Depending on permissions, item authors can select from the following statuses:
  • In Progress (Private) - All tests default to In Progress (Private) status. This allows only the author to see and edit the test.
  • In Progress (Shared in your org) - Test can be edited by anyone in the same organization as the author.
  • Publishable/Uneditable (Private) - Test is not shared, but the author can publish it. Pearson can reverse this status, if accidentally selected.
  • Publishable/uneditable (Shared in your org) - Test is shared within the author's organization.
  • Publishable/uneditable (Globally Shared) - Shared with all users, regardless of organization.

Only tests with a Publishable status can be used in a test administration.

Making tests uneditable before they are used prevents possible versioning issues.

Paper Tests - Answer Key Only (AKO) Forms

By Item Keys (entering the test key as a string of characters) - Only some item types are available, but further edits can be made in the AKO user interface (UI).
Examples

  • A teacher creates a five-item quiz with all multiple-choice items, all with an answer of C. He or she types CCCCC into the test key string field.
  • Another teacher creates a quiz with three items — one open-response item; one True/False item, with a correct answer of True; and a Yes/No item, with a correct answer of Yes. He or she types OTY into the test key string field.
    • Supported characters within the field:
      • A, B, C, D, T, F, Y, N, and O.
  • When you click Create, the form pre-populates with the appropriate item types and the correct answer(s) already selected (where applicable). You can edit any item elements within the UI at this point. To create a more complex item (such as multi-select or multiple-choice with custom labels), you can create a basic item, and add or modify the item within the UI.

By Item Count (specifying the number of items) - If a user types "10" as the number of items, the system populates the AKO form with 10 single-select, single-point, multiple-choice items with four answer choices labeled ABCD. You can edit any pre-populated item elements within the UI at this point.