Limit item exposure with “Avoid Previously Delivered Questions”

Posted by Brian McNamara

When you’re allowing a participant multiple attempts on a quiz or test, you might want to be able to deliver ‘new’ questions to the participant each time that he or she takes the assessment. In other words, you might wish to ensure that the participant doesn’t get the same question on subsequent attempts — particularly if your assessment is drawing questions from a large item bank.

Questionmark authors can select “Avoid Previously Delivered Questions” when creating an assessment that draws questions at random from a particular topic.  This option is available when choosing items in the assessment editor or assessment wizard:

Once you select this option for a particular assessment, participants who have multiple attempts on the assessment will not be delivered the same item on subsequent attempts.

This feature can be useful for both quizzes designed to assist in the learning process as well as for medium and higher stakes assessments where administrators are looking to limit item exposure to candidates.