There are many similarities between test types in Gauge but understanding the differences between them will help you decide which ones are best suited to your needs. Below is an overview of the three different test types:
Test With Built-In Questions
A Test With Built-In Questions is the simplest type of test and the default test setting. If you don't know which of the following options to choose from, select this one to start.
Questions are entered directly into the test itself one at a time or they can be imported in bulk.
Test settings allow you to:
- Randomize the order of questions;
- Set time limits;
- And, set the maximum number of questions a test taker will see, regardless of how many questions you create.
Test With Question Banks
A Test With Question Banks is the most frequently used type of test. Instead of entering questions directly into the test itself, questions are created in reusable question banks that are dynamically added to the test based on the settings you select.
A test can pull questions from multiple question banks. And, each question bank can be used across any number of tests.
Test settings allow you to randomize questions and set time limits just like Tests With Built-In Questions. An advanced setting of Tests With Question Banks allows you to limit the question count by question bank.
Using Tests With Question Banks allows you to set up scoring to be displayed as a matrix to the test taker showing them how they did in each subject area.
Test With Sections
A Test With Sections is a complex test for advanced users. A Test With Sections uses question banks to populate the test with sections that are taken in sequence. To better understand how sections are used, think of standardized tests like the SAT test for college placement.
Tests With Sections require the test taker to complete one section before moving on to the next and scoring is based on each section with additional cumulative grading options.
Question randomization, question counts, passing scores, and timers are all controlled at the section level, giving you unlimited flexibility to design tests that meet your unique needs.
While Tests With Sections require test takers to complete sections in sequence, Tests With Sections are meant to be taken in one sitting. If you are looking to administer sequential tests over a longer period of time, consider using a course or program.
For more information on Test Types, watch our Help Video on the topic.