Adjusting Test Page Layout and Display
The following fields are "view only" on tests, but most can be modified if you choose to edit the
Page Reference—Page references refer to a page, set of pages, or feature in the textbook
related to the question.
Difficulty Level—A number from 1 to 9 indicates the relative difficulty of the question, ranging
from easy to difficult. The numbers 1, 2, and 3 are most often used to denote easy, medium, and
difficult questions. A difficulty of 0 or blank means that no difficulty level has been assigned by the
Question Type—The question type is indicated by an abbreviation for the main types of
questions in TestGen: multiple choice (MC), bimodal (BI), true/false (TF), short answer (SA),
essay (ES), matching (MA), and vocabulary (VO).
Workspace Value—A number from 0 to 15 indicates the number of blank lines that are displayed
for the question if the test is set up to show preset workspace.
Number of Variations—The number of variations (Var:) tells how many variations are available
for the question. If the question does not include any variables, then Var: is 1. When variables
are included in the question, the number of variations can range anywhere from 1 to 50+ (more
than 50), depending on the number of variables and the range for each variable.
Variant Status—When you check the Variant Status box, a downward pointing arrowhead (v)
appears next to questions that contain variables and have more than one variation.
Pronunciation—Vocabulary (VO) questions can include a pronunciation to show a phonetic
spelling of the term. The pronunciation can be displayed or printed on tests. This pronunciation
does not display in ID view.
Question Dates—TestGen stores and displays the date a question was created and modified.
Topic, Skill, and Objective—These three categories are shared fields that contain the topic,
skill, or objective for a question. The category names and type of content vary from testbank to
User 1 and User 2—These two categories are shared fields that assign additional information to
a question; the category names and type of information vary from testbank to testbank.
Explanation—Explanations may be provided by the testbank author to explain the correct
answer for multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer questions. Incorrect answer choices for
multiple-choice questions may also have explanations. Explanations do not display in ID view.