Apart from standard question-answer items, you can also create a variety of other tests such as:
To create a multiple choice test do the following:
You can also quickly create multiple choice tests by using the Multiple Choice template (press Ctrl+Shift+M and choose Multiple Choice to apply the template). Use Ctrl+T to switch between components while editing.
Pictures can also be used in multiple choice tests.
To create a spelling test, use a predefined template Spelling or simply place a Spell component in the element window and fill it out with the correct spelling (or with spelling variants separated by a slash, i.e. /). Press Esc to move to the presentation mode, and test the spelling by typing in the text in the spelling field and pressing Enter.
You can use more than one correct answer in a spelling test. For this purpose, simply separate all correct variants with a slash (i.e. /). Please remember that SuperMemo will accept the first match from the left and that it is important to consider that in determining the optimum sequence of variants.
To create a pronunciation test, use a predefined template called Pronunciation, or place a Sound component in the element window and check the Sound : Panel : Recorder option on the component menu. Link the correct pronunciation MP3 or WAV file by using File : Import file or Links : Registry member on the same menu. Your pronunciation test is ready. The user can now record himself by pressing the microphone button and play his own or the correct pronunciation by using blue and green play buttons respectively. Finally, he can erase his recording by pressing the recycle bin button. All user recordings are kept in TEMP subfolder of the collection folder and can only be deleted with the recorder recycle bin button. To clean all recordings, go to the TEMP subfolder and delete all sound files.
Pronunciation tests can be enhanced with phonetic trascription. For example, using an IPA font (available with a number of collections for learning English).
Creating Drag&Match and Point&Click exercises is more difficult and requires using scripts and the hit-area editor.
An element used for the Point&Click test must contain an image component. The user is supposed to click the right place in the picture. This test may be used, for example, to click the described organ on an anatomical cross-section image. Another example is pointing to the recognized picture in a word recognition test. Here, the question can be a recording of the recognized word, and the test will require clicking the pictorial representation of the word.
To create Point&Click test, place a script component in the element (make sure it is the first playable component, e.g. by placing the script before placing all other components). To make sure that the script is run as you enter the element, check AutoPlay on the element menu. The script must contain the HITTEST command that will evoke Point&Click test, and all other components of the test if necessary (e.g. playing the question).
In the example below, the script plays the component with the question (component no 3) and calls the HITTEST command to execute the test. HITTEST says that the image component used in the test has the number 4, and that the coordinates of the correct selection area are [(387,10)(444,237)(546,229)(536,4)]
It is worth remembering that the numbers of components on a page can be displayed with the 143 button on the Compose toolbar. Alternatively, Compontents : Component order (Ctrl+Shift+O) on the element menu can be chosen for the same purpose.
Here is the script:
START 3HITTEST 4 [(387,10)(444,237)(546,229)(536,4)]WAITGRADEGOTO 2
Commands WAITGRADE and GOTO 2 make sure that after the test (i.e. after the grade is given to the user), the script goes back to line 2 and makes it possible to resume the Point&Click test.
This is a test for matching text components with hot spots in a single image component. The user is supposed to drag text components and drop them at appropriate places in the image component. Single Drag&Match is implemented with a DRAGMATCH script command.
For example, let us imagine an exercise in which the user is to drag text components numbered 5, 6, 7 and 8 to appropriate hot spots on the image component number 2. Let us now assume that the hotspot for dragging the text number 5 is delimited by a rectangle having the following coordinates: (123,315,264,357). By analogy, components 6, 7 and 8 also have their own hot spot rectangle coordinates. The following script might do what is needed in this exercise:
DRAGTEXTMODE TRANSPARENTSHOW 5SHOW 6SHOW 7SHOW 8DRAGMATCH 2 [5,6,7,8] [(123,315,264,357)(34,37,64,77)(43,37,58,177)(21,25,53,37)]WAITGRADEGOTO 2
In the above script:
This is a test for matching text components with a number of image components. The user is supposed to drag the text components to appropriate image components. Multiple Drag&Match is also implemented with a DRAGMATCH script command. This time its syntax differs slightly. There is no image argument. Instead, a list of images is used to match a list of text components.
For example, let us imagine an exercise in which the user is supposed to drag text components numbered 2, 3, 4 and 5 to image components numbered 6, 8, 7, and 9. Those two lists of components will form the two arguments of the multiple DRAGMATCH script command. Again DRAGTEXTMODE determines if the texts erase the background or are displayed transparently:
DRAGTEXTMODE OPAQUESHOW 2SHOW 3SHOW 4SHOW 5DRAGMATCH [2,3,4,5] [6,8,7,9]WAITGRADEGOTO 2
The behavior of the above script is analogous to the behavior of the script described in the previous section devoted to single DRAGMATCH command.
Hit area editor is used to easily determine the coordinates of image hot spots for HITTEST script command and for single DRAGMATCH script command. Currently, the editor supports only the BMP file format (i.e. you cannot use the editor with JPG, GIF or PNG images). If you are concerned with the space used up by BMP files, create the HITTEST script first and compress the image later. Images pasted from the clipboard are always compressed.
To use Hit-Area Editor follow the steps listed below: