May 16, 2011

Creating a Controlled Random Assessment with Adobe Captivate 5

Oftentimes when we create assessments for Compliance courses; we have a requirement of randomizing questions in the assessment. Adobe Captivate 5 can be really useful in creating such assessments with the help of a question pool and random questions.

Now let’s make it a little complex. You have a compliance course, which has five sections. You want the assessment to be randomized, but you want to be sure that at least two questions from each section should appear in the assessment. Sounds complicated? Adobe Captivate will help you simplify this!

Here’s an assessment with 10 questions, and 2 questions coming from each section.

Follow these simple steps to create a controlled random assessment:

  1. First we need to add five question pools corresponding to each section. To do so, click Quiz > Question Pool Manager.
  2. To add a pool, click the + symbol on the top left corner.
  3. To add questions to this pool, click the + symbol on the top right corner.
  4. Insert the required number of questions and click OK.
  5. Repeat these steps to add the rest of the pools.
  6. Click Close.
  7. Now we will add Random Question slides.
  8. Click Quiz > Question Slide.
  9. Add 10 Random Questions and click OK.
  10. Link two questions with each pool.

Your controlled random assessment is ready!

Let me know if you found this post useful or have any questions by leaving a comment on this post.

Happy Captivating! :)

Posted by poojajaisingh3:52 PM
  • http://lilybiri.posterous.com Lieve Weymeis

    Same approach could be used to have questions of different difficulty level, perhaps with different scores as well: have a pool for easy questions, with low score, one for intermediate with higher score etc. The questions could be distributed in different groups in the course, being careful with the quiz scope of course and perhaps use some branching as well. Only pitfall: to have a percentage of 100% learner will have to answer all questions.

    • poojajaisingh

      Thanks for adding Lieve :)

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  • Neetu

    Can I have a set of 12 questions and out of the 12 questions 10 will be displayed in the assessment with one mandatory question.

    • http://twitter.com/poojajaisingh Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Hi Neetu,

      You can add the mandatory question as a normal question slide and add the rest of the questions in a question pool and add the required number of random slides in the project.

  • lahar

    Adding to the above post, can we have separate scores for questions for each section? For eg. here an aggregate score of the quiz and five other scores pertaining to each section.
    Also, suggest if this is possible using LMS and captivate. If yes, how?

    • http://twitter.com/poojajaisingh Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Yes Lahar, that’s possible by using Advanced Actions and Variable to create a custom scorecard. Please write to me at pjaising at adobe dot com and I’ll help you with the details.

  • lahar

    thanks for your resolution Pooja.
    I have one other query, if I want to create two quizes from five question pools, then can I control that the questions in one quiz are not repeated in the other quiz?

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