If Let me select the question type is selected, the program always asks you which type of question to create after you click New in the Test Builder / Question Bank Editor window. If you set the Use the most recent question type option, the program automatically takes you to a question entry screen based on the last (most recent) question you created.
Multiple Choice / Multiple Response
Use the multiple choice / multiple response preferences to set the default number of choices (2-8) and the default number of columns (1-4) that the program will use when you choose to create a new multiple choice / multiple response question. You can override these settings for each question as needed.
While viewing a test, you can globally change the column layout for multiple choice / multiple response questions. Press Ctrl + J to display a window to set the number of columns.
Use the matching preferences to set the default number of choices / questions (2-26) and the default number of columns for the choices (1 or 2). ExamView Test Generator uses these settings when you create a new matching group. You can change the number of columns, choices, or questions while entering / editing a group.
Use the numeric response preferences to change the default format of the response grid that you can set to appear on tests.
Answer Choices - Indicate whether you want the program to format multiple choice, multiple response, true / false, and yes / no questions using the predefined column layout or without columns.
Bimodal Questions - Select whether you want bimodal questions to appear as multiple choice or short answer questions. You can override this preference for individual questions using the Toggle Bimodal command.
Points - Use this setting to set how you want point values to display on a test / question bank. You can choose to display points inline with each question, on a separate line before each question, or to not display point values at all.
Question Spacing (Test Builder only) - Identify how much space to leave between questions (0 pt. to 150 pt.).
Question Grouping - Select if questions should be grouped by question type (e.g., multiple choice questions grouped together, true / false questions grouped together, etc.) or if the question types should be mixed.
The question type instructions are not shown when Allow question types to be mixed is selected.
When Group questions by question type is selected, you can choose to Begin each question type on a new page. When this option is selected the test is formatted so that a section (question type) will start on a new page if the entire section does not fit on the current page. You can also choose to Restart numbering with each question type.
Question Numbering - You may also choose to change the question number of the first question.
Answers (Test Builder only)
Answer Space - Select which question types should include space for a student to write his / her answers directly on the test. For objective questions, such as true / false and multiple choice, an answer space appears before each question number (e.g., ____ 1.). For open-ended response questions such as essay or short answer, space appears below the question. For numeric response questions, turn this option on to display response grids.
Because of space limitations, when two-column formatting is enabled answer space cannot be included for the following question types - true / false, modified true / false, multiple choice, multiple response, yes / no, numeric response, and matching.
Answer Lines - Choose this option to show answer lines on a test for questions with open-ended responses (e.g., problem, essay, short answer, etc.). You must also enable the corresponding Leave answer space for options.
Answer Key (Test Builder) / Question Information (Question Bank Editor)
Select which items you want to appear in the answer key section of the test.
Page (Test Builder only)
Columns - Select if tests should display in one- or two-column format.
When two column formatting is selected, you may also choose to show vertical lines between columns and / or show horizontal lines between sections.
Some of the layout options (e.g., two-column format to conserve paper) do not apply to online, LAN-based, or internet tests.
Page Numbering - Set the page number that will print on the footer of the first page of your test.
Number and Answer Styles - Select the desired question number style. Choose the style for multiple choice, multiple response, and matching answer options.
Answer Choices - Check this box if you want True / False and Yes/No questions to appear with multiple choice answer choices.
Choice Sequence - You may also select a choice sequence for multiple choice / multiple response answer choices. This option helps prevent students from accidentally skipping a multiple choice question and then marking all of their answers with the wrong question number on the answer sheet.
If any of your multiple choice / multiple response questions contain more than 5 answer choices, the choice sequence setting will be disabled.
Click Set to change the font, font style, size, and color of the text used throughout your tests or question banks.
Use the Points preferences to assign the default point values for the different question types. Point values can be printed on a paper test or used in your online, LAN-based, or internet tests to give you more control over assigning credit for correct / incorrect answers.
To edit the point values for all questions in a test or bank, use the Assign Points option from the Question menu. To edit the point values for an individual question, change the point value in the question information.
Question Type Default Point Values
Use this table to assign default point values for each of the question types.
Point Values (Test Builder only)
This setting determines how point values are assigned to questions when you use one of the six question selection methods to select questions for your test. You may choose to use the point values that were assigned to each question when the question bank was created or to use the default values from the preferences.