Creating Exams

There are two basic ways to create an exam in Chi Tester:

  1. Create a test one question at a time using the Proofread and Edit interface
  2. Upload a text document with the entire test already created;

Proofread and Edit

You may create an exam by entering your exam one question at a time.  This method is much like filling out a form and uses a graphical interface.
To create an exam using this interface, follow the steps below, create an “empty” test and then proceed to the interface to fill in your questions.

Setting up your exam in Chi Tester

With either of the two methods outlined above, the first few steps of the process of setting up your exam is the same:
1.  Log in to ChiTester using your university credentials.

2.  After logging in make sure that the Manage Exams tab is selected. Then make sure that the My Exams subtab is selected as well.

3.       Click the “Create New Exam” button on the right hand side of the page. This will start the test creation ‘wizard’ that will walk through the creation of a test.

4. Enter the name of your test. Instructors tend to use a naming style that allows them (and others) to identify the test easily (i.e. TBE 1700 Trost Exam 1 Online). Once you have selected a name then click the Continue button.

5. At this point you will select whether you are creating your exam by uploading a file, copying into the text box, or creating an empty test that will allow for adding questions through Proofread and Edit.

File Upload / Text box

You may create an exam by writing your test in a separate file. Then either upload that file to Chi Tester or copy the contents of the file into a text box. In order for Chi Tester to read your test, you will need to format the test according to a specific syntax.
Below is an example of how a multiple choice question would be formatted:
1. In what city is Weber State University located?
a.  Ogden
b. Logan
c. Salt Lake City
ans: a
In the example above, In what city is Weber State University located? is the question.
The distractors are  a. Ogden, b. Logan, and c. Salt Lake City.  You may have as many distractors as you wish from a to z.
The answer to the question is shown as ans:a.
This is all the information necessary to create a multiple choice question.  However categories, weights, and  feedback to students can also be provided using this format.
To assign a category to a question, add a line below the answer,  formatted like this:
category:Chapter 2
To designate feedback, you can designate it to be displayed as one of three types.
First enter “feedback:” and then one or more of the following:

  • General: This feedback will be displayed if the test taker clicks the feedback button regardless of whether the question was answered correctly or not.
  • Correct: This is shown if the student answers the question by selecting the correct answer(s).
  • Incorrect: This is shown if the student answers the question by selecting an incorrect answer(s).
  • a: This feedback is shown if the student selects distractor “a” as his or her answer.
  • b: This feedback is shown if the student selects distractor “b” as his or her answer.

You can designate the weight of the question this way:
Weight: 2 (optional; used to vary the value of question in the examination for scoring purposes.)
More examples of common question types formatted in this syntax are shown in Syntax Examples.