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Non-numeric test items

Knowledge Base Lobby : uTest Support Conference : Future Feature Wish List
Nov-21-17 10:20 PM EST
Original Message
Non-numeric test items
Author Greg Henderson on 02-22-2001 at 13:46 (EST)
I would like to see the numbering properties for test items expanded to include multi-part alphanumeric numbering.

For example:
1
2
3a
3b
3c
3d
4
5
6
etc.

This may seem to be a minor issue to some, but when you are single-sourcing for paper and HTML, and your question numbers are already set in the paper document, you can't just number every answer sequentially when the question clearly requires a multi-part answer.

The answer numbers on the answer sheet need to match the question numbers on the test.

Thanks,
Greg Henderson
Lucent Technologies
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  RE: Non-numeric test items Bill Weiner, 2001-02-23 06:37:55 (1)

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         1. RE: Non-numeric test items
        Author Bill Weiner on 02-23-2001 at 06:37 (EST)
Alphanumeric numbering of the questions would add quite a bit of complexity since question ordering would then lose it's predictabilty. That is, there would be no way to determine the actual number of questions/possible answers due to the fact that each question number could have 0 or more alphanumeric "parts". I suppose, it could be accomplished by adding an "ID" parameter to each applet by which you can specify an "ID" for each applet such as "3a", "3b", "3c", or "helloworld" .... and yet still use the "number" parameter to specify the absolute location on the answer sheet. Or as another option, it may be able to be accomplished if logic was added to append the multiparts onto a specific question number.... rather than utilize an additional question slot on the answer sheet (Kind of as described in "OPTION 1" below... but more from an "internal" standpoint).

In any case, we'll look into it.

For now, here are a couple options if you absolutely must have separate applets for different parts of the same question:

OPTION 1: You could create your own Java Applet or JavaScript that will append each multipart answer to the same question number. Before setting the answer, the Applet/JavaScript can read the current answer via the getAnswer() API, and then append the answer onto the others. So that answer progression would look something like this:

After part "a" the answer would be:

3. A. Lincoln

After part "b" the answer would be appended to:

3. A. Lincoln, B. Kennedy

After part "c", the answer would be appended to:

3. A. Lincoln, B. Kennedy, C. Bush


OPTION 2: Or if using the option to "Submit Answers Online", then you can customize the "utest.pl" CGI Script to format the final answer sheet as you desire. For example, the answers would get POSTed to the script in the order:

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
etc.

But you could modify the "utest.pl" script so that it outputs the answers numbered as:

1.
2.
3a.
3b.
3c.
3d.
4.
5.
6.
etc.








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