First steps with testMaker

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TestMaker makes it possible to create web-based tests, to manage test data of the participants and automatically generate individual feedback without any programming knowledge. This manual is intended to facilitate your entry into testMaker. You are guided step by step through the necessary steps in creating a test in testMaker. For more information and help look at the internal help, which is always in the upper right area of testMaker.

We hope you enjoy creating new tests.


Create a new test

  • Login to your testMaker.
  • Click on "Workspace".
  • Click on the button "Create new test" (under workspace). A new test is created which you will find under "Workspace". The properties of the test are shown on the right.
  • Enter your test a title, for example "Language knowledge", and then save it by clicking on "Save". If you enter a description, it will be shown test takers in the test sheet under the name of the testing. You can also leave the field blank or fill in later.
  • Now you have created a test.

Creating Items

In our test example we now want to add an item in which we want to capture the sex of the participant. Items can be created in tests or subtests. Subtests are used to administrate logical components of a test (e.g. items of matrixes, personality scales, etc.) separately. In addition, sub-tests can be used simultaneously in multiple tests.

  • Switch to the test / subtest, in which you want to create the items.
  • Click the button "Insert item" on the left. It will be created a "New itemblock 1" in which " New item 1" is included.
  • Change the title "New Item 1" in for example "sex" and formulate a question e.g. "I am ..." in the field "question".
  • Do you want to make the answer to the question mandatory, you should make a check at "Answer required".
  • Save your changes by clicking the save button.
  • You have created a new item. You can add more items to the itemblock by clicking the button "Insert item".

Note: For ease of reference, you should also give the higher-ranking itemblock a title, for example 'Sex', by selecting the itemblock in the tree view in the left sidebar and make changes similar to the above-described task.

Adding answers

Now it is important to define the possible answers for a question.

  • Select "Answers" at the navigation tab of the item.
  • Click on the button "Add answer".
  • Now there is an editor in which you can enter your answers. In our example, we create one answer each, "male" and "female".
  • If you'd like to distinguish between incorrect and correct answers, you can mark "correct" responses with a check. It is in the right of the editor.
  • Save your answers by clicking the "Save" button and start again, if you want to add other possible answers.

Other settings

After following the steps [# sec_creating_items creating items] and carrying out [# sec_adding_answers Adding answers], you have created a complete item. The tab menu offers more configuration options and a preview function for the created item.

Creating a feedback block

If the participant has finished the test, it is sometimes desirable to give him individual feedback.

  • Click on your test / subtest in the workplace.
  • Click the button "Insert item block" and enter a title (e.g "Feedback").
  • In "Select source item blocks" there is a list of available item blocks which may be considered in the feedback. Mark the items, for which you like feedback with a check.
  • Save the feedback block by clicking on "Save".
  • Now you have created a feedback block.

Creating a new dimension

A dimension defines the scoring of each item.

  • Click the button "New dimension" on the left and enter a title.
  • Select the items to be considered in this dimension.
  • Under "Scoring options" select the desired scoring distribution and follow the instructions after clicking on "Save Scoring options and go to Next step".
  • Now you have created a new dimension.

Create new feedback page

After concluding the test, the participants should be presented the currently created feedback dimension.

  • Click the button "New feedback page" on the left and give the page a title (e.g."Results") and click the save button.
  • Click on "Add paragraph".
  • Write a suitable text which is displayed to the participants. Here you have several special commands.
  • Save your paragraph by clicking on "Save". Now you can add more paragraphs.
  • You have created a new feedback page.

Note: The command (score: ID) contains the number of scores reached by the participant, (max: ID) provides information on the maximum possible score. An ID must be specified so that the testMaker knows which feedback dimension refers to the command. You can get this ID on the workplace by driving with the mouse on the feedback dimension. Assuming that the ID is "20". Then create a short feedback by writing a paragraph with the content "You have achieved (20) of (max score: 20) points." For more information, see the explanations below the paragraphs.

Data export

Would you like to export the collected test data for further processing, you can use the export function of testMaker.

  • Click "Export test data" in the menu on the left side above the workplace.
  • Select in the checkbox "test" the test, from which you wish to export the test data. You can also define additional filter criteria.
  • Click on the button "Apply filter".
  • Scroll down a bit.
  • You will receive a selection list where you can choose the variables to export. Explanations for the individual variables are located behind each variable.
  • The button "Save variable selection" saves your selection in the database, so you usually have to make this choice once only.
  • Select, if desired, other options for export and start the export by clicking on the button "Export results."
  • It will open a new window where the export status is indicated.
  • Once the export file was created (this may take a long time for larger tests), you can download it by clicking on "Export file download".
  • Now you have exported the required test data.
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