The Author module works in conjunction with Exam Engine. The author module enables inputting the required questions and answers by the author(s). The detailed help provides step-by-step procedure on using the author module and the test engine.
Important features of the Exam Simulator software
Login As Admin/Author : CBT Software Author Module can be used in Admin/Author mode. Admin can assign any number of authors to any exam to help him populate the question database. Admin will have full access to all the exams created, students and groups added, where as Author will have access only to exams he/she is assigned by the admin. Any edits made by the author to the question database will be documented.
Adding Candidate(s) : Author Module allows admin/author to add any number of candidates who can take the exams. Each candidate will have a separate login using his/her email id and password, they can also be assigned unique user id which can also be used to login along with password. Also each candidate can be assigned to any number of groups/classes.
Adding Group(s)/Classes : Author Module allows admin/author to create any number of groups/classes/sections to organize students. Groups are created by giving unique name. Then groups can be assigned to exam so that all the candidates present in that group can take the assigned exam. Students present in one group can be assigned any number of exams.
Adding Categorie(s)/Subcategories : Each question entered in the exam must belong to one category (topic) and a sub category (optional) under main category. The result analysis shown to the candidate at the end of the exam will contain category wise score and time analysis to help candidate understand how he performed in each of the topics.
Adding Questions/Importing Questions : Author Module supports Multiple Choice Single Answer (MCSA) and Multiple Choice Multiple Choice Multiple Answer (MCMA) question types where question and answer options can be entered as plain text, rich text format using HTML editor and PDF file. Each question can have exhibit images, audio/video file for question part and for the explanation. Author module also provides feature to import questions in bulk from a excel file, where all the questions are present in the excel file and can be imported in bulk.
Preview Questions : Author module gives option to view how the questions entered by them will be shown to the candidate taking the exam. Along with previous and next navigation button it has option to view correct answer(s) and explanation if provided by the author. It also displays the information about who is original author of this question and who last edited this question (this information is available only for authors and will not be show to the candidates).
Review Questions : Author module gives option to view all questions at once with option to edit and delete a question. It allows to click on any question to open the question editor, option to select and delete any question. Once questions are deleted from the database they cannot be recovered. Review screen gives a glance of entire question database at once and makes it easier for the authors to find a paticular question for editing/ deleting.
Set Exam Environment : Author module allows exam admin/author to set the parameters for the exam environment which include number of questions in exam, time allowed to take exam, and pass percentage. Author can also set if students are allowed to view exam questions only in learn mode, exam mode or both. Author can also set features available to students while taking exams like using previous button, reviewing questions, bookmarking questions, pausing timer. It also includes some optional settings like setting exam to online/offline mode, use of OTP sent to student's registered email id when they try to login, enabling geolocation tracking and image casting for monitoring online exams.
Exporting Exam for Distribution : This feature is used to create a export file with .auth extension which can be distributed to candidates. Once author has finished entering questions into the exam database, they need to Export the question database as .auth file. which contain all the relevant files required to run the exam. You can also provide version number of the export file and a password which will be required for starting the exam in exam engine.
Configuring Author to use own server database : Enterprise edition of CBT software provides a feature to setup author module to use your own server side database. To use this feature admin will have to create their own MySQL database and use server side scripts provided by us to complete the setup. Once server side setup is done configuration details can be entered in author module to use created MySQL database.
Full Backup/Restore : This feature can be used by author to take full backup of their work on Author Module including all the exam questions, any images, videos files, audio files, and pdf documents used in question database. It will also take backup of all the student and group details. It is recommended to take full backup on regular intervals. This back up file can be used to do a complete restore incase you face any issue.
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