Using the Exam Module you can choose to create Static or Dynamic Exams. This article will explain the differences between the two, their requirements and benefits
When You Decide on Which Type of Exam to Use
You will be given the option to select either a Static or Dynamic Exam on the Questions page of the Exam set up menu.
With either of the below exam types you will need to have created tests and User Groups in advance. You can find more information on creating both of these in the below articles
A Static Exam is an exam created from one test item which is the same for everyone. You can shuffle questions in a Static Exam so the order is different for each user but they will all get the same questions.
Static Exams can have Sections within them. Sections can have individual timers and mean users cannot go back to a Section after submitting it.
Note - Exams with Sections cannot have shuffled questions.
You can find more information on Sections in this article - Adding Sections to a Test
All you need to do for a Static Exam is select the test you want to draw from. It is important to note that exams created from a test with timed Sections will infer their time from the source test. Other settings will be defined by what you set in the Exam's Configure menu tab.
The below screenshots show the process of creating a Static Exam:
Overview of Static Exams
- The same questions for each user
- Can include Sections
- Drawn from a single test
- Questions do not need to be tagged
- Useful for standardised exams and to exactly compare users to each other
A Dynamic Exam is one where each user gets different questions but the same number of each question type
The type of question is dictated by its Tag and as such Dynamic Exams require your questions to be Tagged. As shown in the below screenshot you will not be given the option to create a Dynamic Exam if you have selected a test containing un-tagged questions.
For information on Tagging refer to this article - Tags. If you have any further questions on this topic please contact your account manager
When creating a Dynamic Exam you will specify the test(s) you want to draw from and the number of questions you want from each Tag group within the test(s). The exam generator will then pick different combinations, but the same number, of those questions for each user. Remember that the total number of each Tags question’s must add up to equal the number of questions specified as the total for the Exam as whole.
Note - Dynamic Exams cannot have Sections
The below screenshots show the process of creating a Dynamic Exam. You can click to open an enlarged version in a new tab:
Overview of Dynamic Exams
- Unique set of questions for each user
- Cannot have sections
- Can draw from multiple tests
- Questions need to be tagged
- Useful if you want to minimise cheating by sharing answers