Chapter 4A: The Test Assembler Tab – Information and Online Delivery Tabs

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After all of the items you need have been added to your banks, you can begin to assemble tests. Tests are assembled and managed in the Test Assembler tab, the second tab in FastTest. You begin by creating a new test in this tab, then returning to the Item Explorer tab to add items to the test.

  • Tests are organized into groups (folders).
    • Before creating any tests, it is recommended that you create a group into which you wish the test to go into by clicking the New button and then selecting New Group.
    • Then, either right-click on the group folder or select the group and click the New button, and select New Test.
      • For example, if you are going to be creating vocabulary tests, create a group named “Vocabulary” as shown in Figure 4.1.
Figure 4.1: The Test Assembler Tab

test assembler tab

Creating a New Test

When you create a new test, or edit an existing test, a new dialog (the Edit Test Options dialog) will open with tabs for specifying important information about the test (Figure 4.2).

The Information Tab

Figure 4.2: New Test Dialog – Information Tab

information tab

  • The first tab is the Information tab, which contains fields for basic descriptive information such as the test name and description.
    • The “Answer Marker” refers to how you want your test answers (also known as options or alternatives) labeled when the test is delivered to examinees.
      • You can have letters (ABCD) or numbers (1234), or no markers if delivered online (examinee clicks the answer text or clicks on a radio button or check box; see Online Delivery tab).
      • This will not override what you have selected for the individual items, but will be applied if you indicated for each item that the marker would be specified at the test level.
  • You can also set the test to being public or private. A private test can only be edited and used by the author.
    • For example, the various teachers in a school can only use and modify their own tests and not everyone else’s tests.
  • Tests can have custom fields which allows a workspace to add any additional fields that may be missing from FastTest.
    • The example workspace above has one custom field called Grade Level.

Not all of the fields in the Edit Test Options dialog need to be specified immediately – you can return to complete the fields after adding items to your test.

The Online Delivery Tab

Figure 4.3: New Test Dialog – Online Delivery Tab

test assembler online delivery tab

The Online Delivery tab (Figure 4.3) specifies information for online delivery of the test.

  • Select the type of the test from test method drop down. Detailed explanation of each test method is discussed in the next sections.
  • You can specify the text the examinee presses to submit the test and the text of the confirmation message the examinee agrees to before it is submitted.
  • A time limit can be set here in minutes (leave at zero for an untimed test). The test will be submitted automatically once that time limit is met.
  • Status icons used by an examinee for seeing the completion status of the questions or jumping to specific questions can be shown or hidden.
  • The test can optionally be taken by examinees anonymously, meaning they do not need to provide their name.

A test has many timing options.

  • A time limit can be set on the test.
    • Once the time expires during a test, the examinee’s test will automatically be submitted, and any items left unanswered will be counted as skipped (even required items).
    • FastTest supports extra time accommodation through the use of a multiplier.
      • If a test has a time limit and allows for extra time accommodation, examinees that require extra time will have a new time limit equal to the old time limit times the multiplier.
        • For example, if the time limit for a test is 1 hour and its multiplier is 1.5, examinees requiring additional time would have a time limit of 1 hour 30 minutes. The multiplier will also apply to any other time limits in the test (i.e., in a test section).
    • If no time limit is set, the elapsed time can be shown to the examinee.
    • Time that the examinee spends on a test will be recorded regardless of what options are used.


  • Checking the box ‘Allow examinees to log out of the test’ will create a new button for exiting the online test before it is completed.
    • The examinee can then log back into the test at a later time by using the original test code.
  • Checking the box Show test name will display the test name in the delivery engine.

Enabling Access to Reference Materials

FastTest can provide a link for examinees to have access to reference material during an exam.

  • Checking the box Give examinee access to reference material during test will cause the Select Asset Folder button and Reference Material Link Text text box to appear

access to reference material

  • Select which asset folder to provide access to
    • Note: Only PDF assets within the chosen folder will be accessible to examinees
    • Folder hierarchy will be maintained and any PDFs located in subfolders will be available to examinees
      • Option to select subfolder only
  • Option to individualize the reference material link text
    • Defaults to ‘Reference Library’
  • Click Save
  • During an exam, the Reference Library link will be located above the item navigation

ref library link

  • Clicking on the link will open a new window with a list of the PDF assets from the chosen asset folder

Ref library link window

  • Examinees can click on the the file name to open the document
  • To return to the list, click on Open a Different Document located in the upper right corner
  • Click on the X to close the reference material window

reference opened