ORGANIZING / SEARCHING YOUR QUESTIONS

Since this program allows you to place 999 questions into one file, from which you may want to use only a few at any one time, it may be wise to give some thought to how you want to organize these questions.

For example, if you want to enter an entire years worth of questions for a 40 week course, that would allow (999 / 40 =) 25 questions for each week. Therefore questions 26 to 50 would be reserved for week 2's questions, questions 376 to 400 would hold week 16's questions, and so on. Even if you don't want 25 questions for each week you can see how this method would make it very easy to find the questions that go with a particular week.

You do not actually have to write text into a question. If when "Adding new questions" you press PG DN without entering any text, the question will remain blank and the next question will be brought up. This way you can enter 18 questions for one week (plus 7 blank), 23 for the next week (plus 2 blank), 21 for the next week (plus 4 blank), and still reserve 25 questions for each week. Remember that blank questions are always ignored when you are selecting questions.

It may be a good idea to enter a "hidden" period, ie. [.] (include the square brackets) in a blank question so that if you use "Remove blank questions" those questions will not be removed. However since this question only contains hidden text it cannot be selected when you are selecting questions for use in a test or quiz, which is what you don't want to do.

TAGGING QUESTIONS
By using "Search questions" you may automatically select the questions you want to use, by any criteria you want, but only if you have "tagged" your questions when you wrote them. Rather than I deciding the methods by which you can auto-select questions you are free to devise your own, here's how.

A "tag" is any text you wish to use to identify a question or type of question. For example "*Chap 12" could identify all questions that relate to information in Chapter 12 of your textbook. "*TF" could identify all true/false questions, "*MC" all multiple choice questions. "*AMPHIB", any questions relating to amphibians.

Note; since "Search questions" searches the ENTIRE QUESTION, including the answers, footnotes, and other hidden text (if any), you will always want to begin a "tag" with a character that would never be in your questions. For example; if your tag was just "NOW", when you used "Search questions" to find questions with that tag it would not only find questions with the tag "NOW" but also any question that contained the word "now", even if it was inside another word like "knowledge". (The case of the letters is irrelevent.) However if your tag was "#NOW" then all the just plain "now"'s would be ignored.

Questions can have multiple tags. For example "#MC#CHAP23#RESIST" would be a multiple choice question from chapter 23 about resistors. You can then use "Search questions" to select this question by entering the tag "#MC", or "#CHAP23", or "#RESIST", or even "#MC#CHAP23". (But why wouldn't #MC#RESIST" find it?)

Tags are entered as part of the text of your question, but since you wouldn't want them printed when your question is printed you must make it "hidden" text by inclosing it in square brackets. Therfore an actual tag would be entered like this... [#MC#CHAP32#FORD]

A tagged question would be entered like the one in figure 16

Which U.S. President followed Nixon? A} Eisenhower B} Jo
hnson C} Ford D} Bush E} Kennedy [#MC#CHAP23#FORD]



Figure 16 A tagged question as entered.
Since it is very important to remember your tags you may want to use the first question to list them. Just make sure to enclose the entire list in square brackets so that it appears blank to other parts of the program like in figure 17.
[ *MC = multiple choice  *ESS = essay    *X = cross match 
  *AST = astronomy       *PHY = physics  *CHM = chemistry 
  *BOL = biology         *ECO = ecology  *MET = metric   
  *MEC = mechanics ]


A tag list entered into question #1.
Note square bracket at beginning and end.
Figure 17.
SEARCH QUESTIONS
From any selection screen pressing [8] will allow you to search your question list.

This function allows you to enter a "search" text and then will search the question list for questions that contain that text. To be considered a match the two texts must match EXACTLY, except for case. Spaces count, CHAP23 will not match CHAP 23 because the latter contains a space. Two words separated by one space will not match the same two words separated by two spaces.

Pressing [ENTER] will allow you to set the range of the search, example; search only questions from 237 to 364, otherwise all the questions will be searched.

After you have entered your search text and set the range (if you wish to do so) you may press [F3] to find the next match from your current location in the question list (within the range).

Or press [F4] and all the questions with matching text will be selected (within the range). You may make multiple passes to select questions with different search texts. Each pass will not un-select the previously selected questions.


PRINT QUESTIONS

There are several reasons to print out your question list.

First you may use the printout as a record of your list. If you accidentally erase or change one or more questions you can look at your printout to re-enter them.

  12. You are performing one person CPR on a nine month old infant.
 Choose the statement that best fits this situation.

  A) The appropriate bag-valve-mask device will contain 500-700 cc.
  B) Using the reservior accessory on the bag, you can deliver a 60% 
     concentration of oxygen.
  C) This bag-valve-mask should be equipped with an overpressure
     pop-off valve.
  D) The bag-valve-mask device is of little value w/situation.
     Be sure to check valve.

 Correct answer. C
Figure 18. Sample question. Print questions.
You may wish to use the printout to proof your questions while you are away from the computer.

You could give the printout to your students as homework or to use as a study guide.

Before you learn how to set the print parameters see Selecting Questions to learn how to select the questions to be printed.

Figure 19 shows you the parameters you can set for printing questions. To change the parameters press [TAB]. Use the arrow keys to move the highlight bar to the parameter that you wish to change, press [TAB] to toggle the parameter between "YES" and "NO".>
 QUESTION  23      317 QUESTIONS       Computer Knowledge       Chapter 11
   212. In a spacecraft orbiting the Earth, why do objects float in the    
   air?

       A) There is no gravity in space.
       B) The moon's gravity cancels that of the Earth.
       C) All objects in the spacecraft and the spacecraft itself are
          falling around the Earth at the same speed.
       D) The gravitational attraction of the walls of the spacecraft
C         surrounds the object and is greater than that of the far away
E         Earth
0      E) Solar radiation
 # Selected [ 19]. This question: [ ] has been printed [*] has been selected.
  NO - Justify all questions
 YES - Print multiple choice answers.
  NO - Print questions in random order.
  NO - Print MC answers in random order.
 YES - Print all MC answers vertically.
  NO - Print instructions.
 YES - Print correct answer.
 YES - Number questions sequentally.
          Print Questions
1. Select / Unselect this question.
2. Go to previous selected question
3. Go to next selected question
4. Jump to question
5. Auto select questions in range.
6. View / Write instructions.
7. View questions selected.
8. Search questions.
9. Begin printing.
F10. = Function key descriptions.
TAB. = Set parameters / ESC. = Quit

Figure 19. "Print questions" parameters.
Once you have the parameters the way you want, press [ESC] to quit. You will now be asked if you wish to save these parameters. If you press "Y" they will be written to the disk.

The first six parameters are shared with "Print a test", if you change them here they will be changed there.

Justify all questions.
If this parameter is set to "YES" spaces will be inserted between words so that all the printed lines (except the last) of each paragraph will be the same length.

Print Multiple Choice answers.
If "NO" only the questions will be printed. If "YES" both questions and multiple choice answers will be printed. NOTE; If the question does not have multiple choice answers or the "Essay lines" (See Essay Questions) for that question is not zero then multiple choice answers will not be printed for that question.

Print questions in random order.
If "NO" the questions will be printed in the order that they were selected. If "YES" the questions will be printed in a random order, each time they are printed the order will be different.

Print MC answers in random order.
If this parameter is "NO" then the multiple choice answers will be printed in the order they were typed. If this parameter is "YES" and the "Scramble A-()" (See Scramble) is set then the multiple choice answers will be printed in random order. NOTE; If "Print Multiple Choice answers" is set to "NO" then no multiple choice answers will be printed. If there are no multiple choice answers for this question or the "Essay lines" for this question is not zero then no multiple choice answers will be printed for this question.

Print all MC answers vertically.
If this parameter is "NO", and the total length of all the multiple choice answers of a question is less than 70 characters, then all the multiple choice answers for that question will be printed on one line. This will generally print more questions on a page. If this parameter is "YES" then the multiple choice answers for all questions will be printed one above the other.

Print instructions.
If "YES" then the current instructions will be printed at the top of the first page.

Print correct answers.
If "YES", and the multiple choice answers for this question are printed, then the correct answer will be printed after the question and answers. The "Correct answer" will be correct (assuming that you entered the correct answer) even if the answers are printed in random order.

Note; if the questions have footnotes or alternate correct answers (for quizzes), they will be printed only if "Print Multiple Choice answers" and "Print correct answers" are both "YES".

Number questions sequentially.
If "YES" the the questions will be numbered sequentially from one as they are being printed. If "NO" the questions will be numbered with their position in the question list, very helpful if you are using this printout to proof your questions.


PRINT A TEST

This function prints a test that you can hand out to students. A sample of the first page of a printed test is in figure 20.

       NAME______________________________________DATE__________ CLASS________
                                                                             
               EMT Questions                          Chapter 11
                                 Answer key -ER 6
        ---------------------------------------------------------------------
        INSTRUCTIONS: Please read questions carefully before answering.
        After you have finished review your answers before handing in your
        test.
        --------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 _____   1. You are performing one person CPR on a nine month old infant.
       Choose the statement that best fits this situation.

          A) The appropriate bag-valve-mask device will contain 500-700 cc.
          B) Using the reservior accessory on the bag, you can deliver a 60%
             concentration of oxygen.
          C) This bag-valve-mask should be equipped with an overpressure
             pop-off valve.
          D) The bag-valve-mask device is of little value w/situation.
Figure 20. Top of first page of a printed test.
The top 3 lines are printed on all pages of the test. If you choose to print instructions, they will be printed on only the first page. If you choose not to print an answer sheet the "Answer key" line will not be printed.

Before you learn how to set the print parameters see Selecting Questions to learn how to select the questions to be printed.

Figure 21 shows you the parameters you can set for printing a test. To change the parameters press [TAB]. Use the arrow keys to move the highlight bar to the parameter that you wish to change, press [TAB] to toggle the parameter between "YES" and "NO", or enter the numeric value for the last three.

Once you have the parameters the way you want, press [ESC] to quit. You will now be asked if you wish to save these parameters. If you press [Y] they will be written to the disk.

The first six parameters are shared with "Print questions", if you change them here they will be changed there.

Note; footnotes are never printed on a test.
 QUESTION  23      317 QUESTIONS       Computer Knowledge       Chapter 11
   212. In a spacecraft orbiting the Earth, why do objects float in the    
   air?

       A) There is no gravity in space.
       B) The moon's gravity cancels that of the Earth.
       C) All objects in the spacecraft and the spacecraft itself are
          falling around the Earth at the same speed.
       D) The gravitational attraction of the walls of the spacecraft
C         surrounds the object and is greater than that of the far away
E         Earth
0      E) Solar radiation
 # Selected [ 19]. This question: [ ] has been printed [*] has been selected.
  NO - Justify all questions.
 YES - Print Multiple Choice answers.
  NO - Print questions in random order.
  NO - Print MC answers in random order. 
 YES - Print all MC answers vertically
 YES - Print instructions.
  NO - Print blank student answer sheet.
  NO - Print grading key.
  NO - Print correct answer list.
   2 - Print n versions of test.
   1 - Print n copies of each version.
  20 - Use n selected questions. 0=All.
            Print a test
1. Select / Unselect this question.
2. Go to previous selected question
3. Go to next selected question
4. Jump to question
5. Auto select questions in range.
6. View / Write instructions.
7. View questions selected.
8. Search questions.
9. Begin printing.
F10. = Function key descriptions.
TAB. = Set parameters / ESC. = Quit

Figure 21. "Print a test" parameters.
Justify all questions.
If this parameter is set to "YES" spaces will be inserted between words so that all the printed lines (except the last) of each paragraph will be the same length.

Print Multiple Choice answers.
If "NO" only the questions will be printed followed by a blank line to write the answer. If "YES" both questions and multiple choice answers will be printed. NOTE; If the question does not have multiple choice answers, or the "Essay lines" (See Essay Questions) for that question is not zero, then the multiple choice answers cannot be printed for that question.

Print questions in random order.
If "NO" the questions will be printed in the order that they were selected. If "YES" the questions will be printed in random order, each time they are printed the order will be different.

Print MC answers in random order.
If this parameter is "NO" then the multiple choice answers will be printed in the order they were typed. If this parameter is "YES" and the "Scramble A-()" (See Scramble) is set, then the multiple choice answers will be printed in random order. NOTE; If "Print Multiple Choice answers" is set to "NO" then no multiple choice answers will be printed for any question. If there are no multiple choice answers for this question or the "Essay lines" for this question is not zero then no multiple choice answers will be printed for this question.

Print all MC answers vertically.
If this parameter is "NO", and the total length of all the multiple choice answers of a question is less than 70 characters, then all the multiple choice answers for that question will be printed on one line. This will generally print more questions on a page. If this parameter is "YES" then the multiple choice answers for all questions will be printed one above the other.

Print instructions.
If "YES" then the current instructions will be printed at the top of the first page of the test.

Print blank student answer sheet.
If this parameter is "NO" then lines to print "Name", "Date" and "Class" will be printed at the top of each page. Also a line will be printed before each question number for the student to write his answer to the question. If the parameter is "YES" then the top of each page will read "Write your answers on the answer sheet. DO NOT write on this test." After everything else has been printed, one student's answer sheet will be printed. You must make copies of the answer sheet for every student that will take the test. Note; While selecting questions you may press [CTRL] / [F3] to ONLY print answer sheets.

Print grading key.
If "YES" a grading key will be printed on the last page of each test. A sample grading key is in figure 22.

      Grading key. Count number of questions answered incorrectly.
             19 Questions each worth 5.26 points
  0 =100%       -4 = 79%       -8 = 58%      -12 = 37%      -16 = 16%
 -1 = 95%       -5 = 74%       -9 = 53%      -13 = 32%      -17 = 11%
 -2 = 89%       -6 = 68%      -10 = 47%      -14 = 26%      -18 =  5%
 -3 = 84%       -7 = 63%      -11 = 42%      -15 = 21%      -19 =  0% 
Figure 22. Sample grading key.
Print correct answer list.
If "YES" a correct answer list will be printed after the test has been printed. This assumes that you have given each question a correct answer. Questions printed with essay lines will only have an answer listed if it has at least one multiple choice answer (the correct one, which will not be printed on the test itself if "Essay lines 0-9" is not 0) and the "correct answer" is filled in for that question.

If you print multiple copies or multiple versions of your test, the answer sheet will be printed after all the tests have been printed. If you print multiple versions of the test, one answer list will be printed for each version. Each answer list will begin with an answer key that will match the answer key on the top of each page of the matching test.

Print n versions of test.
This parameter tells the program how many different versions of a test to print. You may enter 1 to 999 versions. If you enter 0 you will still print 1 version.

For the versions to actually be different you must do at least ONE of the following;

1. "Print questions in random order" must be "YES".

2. "Print MC answers in random order" must be "YES".

3. "Use n selected questions" must be greater than 0 but less that the number of questions selected.

Otherwise all versions of the test will be exactly the same.

Please remember that the multiple versions are generated randomly. If you print a large number of versions using a small number of questions it is possible for two or more of the versions to be the same.

Print n copies of each version.
This parameter tells the program how many copies to print of each version of the test. You may enter 1 to 999 copies. If you enter 0 you will still print 1 copy of each. When printing you will print all the copies of the first version, then all the copies of the second version, and so on.

If you choose to print 1 copy of 1 version you will print 1 test. If you choose to print 3 copies of 4 versions you will print 12 tests.

Use n selected questions. 0 = All
It is possible to not only print tests that have the same questions printed in a different order but to also print tests that have different questions. To do this select more questions than you want on the test. Now set this parameter to the number of questions that you want on the test. The program will randomly choose from those questions selected, the number of questions you chose to be printed.

For example, if you select questions 41 to 60 (20 questions) and set this parameter to 10. The first version of the test might use questions 41, 43, 45, 46, 49, 51, 52, 55, 58, and 60. The next version might use questions 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 52, 54, 56, 57, and 60, and so on.

If this parameter is set to 0 then all of the questions selected will be printed on each version of the test.

NOTE, do not use this feature when cross match questions are selected because each match is counted as a question. This means that if the test has 10 questions and one of them is a cross match with 8 matches, then the printed test will have the equivelant of 17 questions. If a multiple choice question is picked instead of the cross match, the test will then have 10 questions.


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