July 30, 2011

Excluding Knowledge Check Questions when Reviewing/Retaking the Quiz

I got an interesting suggestion by Jeff, a Captivate user, on my last week’s blog post. Here’s how it goes…

Thank you Jeff for the suggestion. :)

Here’s the resolution for this issue. I have created a course with six content screens, two knowledge check questions and two quiz questions for this demonstration. By default, any question slide will appear when you retake/review the quiz. Our task is to restrict the knowledge check questions from appearing during the Quiz Review/Retake. Here’s how it should function:

Cool! Isn’t it? You can use Advanced Actions to accomplish this. The logic that we need to use is that if the learner reaches the Quiz Results slide and then goes back to the Knowledge Check 1 question, then the action should be set to Jump to the first question slide. You can do this easily by using a variable and then changing the value when the user reaches the results slide, and then checking this value on the Knowledge Check 1 question slide.

Here’s a demonstration to show you these steps:

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

Happy Captivating! :)

Posted by poojajaisingh12:26 AM
  • Tim

    Very impressed with the potential of Advanced Actions. Q: Is there a way to reset the Question Pool. ie. in the above eg, how would you have a content slide(s), then a Q slide drawn randomly from a Q.pool and if answered incorrectly the participant is taken back to the relevant content slide and then back to the Q.slide with a different random Q appearing?

    • http://twitter.com/ashwinab Ashwin Bharghav B

      Hi Tim,

      Randomization logic for a quiz is got on page load. Hence it will not be possible to get a different question from the pool while trying to re-visit the question in the same session. But using the power of Advanced Actions you can jump to a different question slide if a particular question is incorrect.

      Ashwin Bharghav B
      Adobe Captivate Team

  • http://twitter.com/Lilybiri Lieve Weymeis

    Pooja, may I offer some extra timesaving tips? Setting the score to 0 and excluding them from the total score for the Knowledge questions can be done for all those questions at once: just select them all in the Filmstrip and adjust the Quiz Properties, General and Reporting sections as you described. Secondly: it is not necessary to attribute a value to a variable when defining it if it is 0, just leave the value empty. Personally would also add Continue as Else action in the conditional action, although I know it is not always necessary; just ‘feels’ more complete and readable. And what if you want to enable both Reviewing and Retaking?

    • http://www.facebook.com/pooja.jaisingh Pooja Jaisingh

      Thanks for the tips Lieve.

  • http://twitter.com/Lilybiri Lieve Weymeis

    Sorry, think my comment was not really complete, when I asked about retaking: what if the user wants to retake also the knowledge questions?

    • http://www.facebook.com/pooja.jaisingh Pooja Jaisingh

      That’s automatically enabled. They will be allowed to retake/review the assessment if this workflow is not followed.

  • Reheaton90

    Brilliant! I have wanted to do this many times and couldn’t. Thank you!

  • Jeff


    Thanks for answering my question so quickly and comprehensively. When I posted my comment we had already completed the project, however, we recently modified the project to add additional knowledge checks. We used your technique and it worked perfectly. Thanks again for your solution.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pooja.jaisingh Pooja Jaisingh

      You’re most welcome Jeff :)

  • Mike Buchanan

    Thanks very much. This was a great tip and covers “almost” all my problems. In the example you provided you only had 2 quiz questions but on the Results slide it showed 4 as it counted the Knowledge Check questions. How would I get it to only count the actual Quiz questions?

  • Contact

    this didnt work for me.. i am using version 6. does it work in that version?

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Yes, this works with Captivate 6 as well. Please share the project with me at pjaising at adobe dot com and i’ll help you troubleshoot it.

  • Jay Fresno

    Would you mind posting the Captivate project? I am not able to follow exactly how to implement this process, and having the actual project so that I can examine which slides are quiz slides, which are pretest slides, and the settings for each slide and object, as well as any advanced actions, would be extremely helpful to me.

  • Judith Gingrich

    This was great! Thank you so much!

  • CMass

    Hello! What you’re describing here is exactly what I’m trying to do (to offer knowledge checks but not have them appear as part of the quiz). I’ve added the two functions you lay out here… but the course is still jumping back to the knowledge check. In the tutorial you have above, you have the “jump to” slide set to 10 of 10. I am assuming I should change that to the slide that has the first quiz question? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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

      Yes Caroline, the action needs to be Jump to the first question slide.

  • FlapJack NI

    If i retake the CBT do the variables hold their value or do they go back to what they where declared as in the setup? Will it make a difference if i click Continue where i left off in the CBT to the Variables?

  • Ivan Hdez

    Nice solution thanks for sharing. One question, do you have to add the ExcludeKcAction to every single knowledge check you want to restrict from displaying in the Final Quiz?

    • Marge

      No. The Results slide will jump to the first KC question, whether they got it right or wrong. So if you set this up on that slide, it won’t be necessary anywhere else.

  • Christophe

    Adding knowledge check questions in a course is such a basic requirement. Why can’t it be done easily in Captivate? Does Adobe use their own program, I sometimes wonder…

  • Shannon

    Thank you for the demonstration. I have a similar situation, but slightly different that I am having problems with. In my project, the user has the option of choosing to branch and take the course or take a Knowledge Advancement branch. If they choose to take the course branch, the questions are interspersed throughout the content, after the content being tested for. They are not graded on the quiz. Most of the questions are set to allow 1 or 2 attempts. The quiz slides are set to just advance to the next content slide forward.
    If they choose the Knowledge Advancement branch, it takes them directly to the first question. If they answer correctly, they continue to the next question. When they answer incorrectly, they should be taken back to the beginning of the content for that section.
    I have the “On Success” action set to Execute an Advanced action that checks a user variable to verify which branching method they chose, then “Jump to” the correct slide (on success goes to the next question). This part is working correctly.
    Failure levels is set to 1. For the “Last Attempt” I have also set it to Execute an Advanced action that checks a user variable to verify which branching method they chose, then “Jump to” the correct slide (on failure goes back to the beginning of the content for that question). This part is not working correctly. The project is not navigating to the content on failure.
    My quiz is graded, but none of the questions are assigned points (they should be able to attempt to answer the questions twice, but are able to continue even if they answer incorrectly the second time).
    In Quiz preferences, I have “Branch aware” checked and “Allow backward motion”, in the Pass or Fail area, the user only has one attempt to take the quiz.

    On the question slide, I have “Attempts” set to 2 and “Failure levels” set to 1. I have tried different things in the “Last Attempt” drop down and none have worked. The question slide just goes to the next slide and ignores what I have set in the Last Attempt drop down.
    Is there anything else I can check or change to make sure this works correctly?
    Thank you for any help.

  • Paul

    Very, very helpful tutorial. Somewhere, I got a copy of the cptx file for this and have learned even more from studying it. I’m interested in using the buttons included here, but the images for the buttons on the quiz slides are not available. Is there any way to get them?

  • cshepherd

    Hello, this is exactly what I need with a project I am working on. I have set it up exactly how you have described. For me this does not work at all. Is this an option in Captivate 5? I have other Advanced Actions that are performing perfectly. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Please share your Captivate project with me at pjaising at adobe dot com and i’ll help you troubleshoot it.

  • JR

    Followed it exactly, but it didn’t work (Captivate 7) :-(

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Sorry to hear that… Please share your project with me at pjaising at adobe dot com and i’ll help you troubleshoot the issue.

  • MojoJo

    You are awesome–this has made my life much easier today. Thank you very much for making this video! I’m using Captivate 7 and the steps still work for me.

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      I’m glad this was helpful for you :)

  • Loredana

    Is there a way to exclude Knowledge Check questions from the Results slide (Total questions) and show only the actual number of Quiz questions?

  • Supervillain Corey

    Can’t they just fix Captivate to include non-scored quiz slides? Problem solved.

  • Northern Queen

    Great! Helped me a lot in my current project!

  • Yang

    Thank you so much. In my project, if the user failed the knowledge check, it will jump to previous content slide and they need to review the contents and then take the knowledge check again. But when they retake the knowledge check, their previous answers won’t disappear. So they can’t retake it. What should i do? Thank you so much.

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Hi Yang, you need to make your quiz branch aware. Here’s a short tutorial: http://youtu.be/C-_Ja8vlZQw

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Hi Yang, you will need to enable remediation for your quiz… Here’s a quick tutorial: http://youtu.be/Vw9wcgup4s8

      • Yang

        Thanks Pooja. I don’t find the “Return to quiz” action in Captivate 5. It probably only exists after the version 5? For some reasons, some of my knowledge check questions can be retaken after reviewing previous content slides. But some of them don’t. The previous answers to these questions will remain there when I try to retake the questions. That means those questions are inactive. May I send my project to you so that you can help me figure out the problem? I appreciate your time and help in advance. Thanks.

  • Beth

    This works great, except my one challenge seems to be that after I complete the course and then try to go back using the playbar buttons, anytime I click the forward arrow from the slide where the “Exclude KC Action” appears, it always jumps to my first quiz question. Is there anyway to allow the learner to proceed through the course after completing it once?

    • Marge

      I added a new “On Enter” advanced action to the slide before the first knowledge check question … and set that variable back to 0. That way, if the user enters the slide from the slide before, the condition won’t kick off so it won’t jump to the Quiz questions. And if they enter the slide from the Results slide, it will still work the way it’s supposed to.

  • Karen

    This is very helpful for the Retake Quiz function, but I’m still trying to understand how to exclude my knowledge checks from the Quiz results. For example, I have 3 knowledge check questions early in my course, then a 10-item quiz at the end. When they get to the 10-item quiz, it says “Question 1 of 13″ and the quiz results page is counting all 13 items. For the knowledge check questions, I have set the type to Graded, points = 0, and reporting answers is unchecked. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

    • Magenta Moon

      Karen, did you ever get a satisfactory answer to this? I am trying to find a resolution for the same issue.

      • Jean

        I am having the same issue as well. I have 5 questions in my Quiz but the total questions in my summary page counts the 7 i have in my video simulation section.

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