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Previewing and Rendering Items

Updated Jul 30, 2021

Previewing an item displays the item in an interactive way, close to the way a candidate would see it. Preview an item to:

  • Interact with the item. 
  • Test the scoring of the item.
  • View the correct answer key.
  • Answer questions such as, “Are the choices in my selected response item adequate?" "Are my keys assigned correctly?" "Do all of the interactions programmed for this item work as intended?"

Rendering an item allows you to the preview the item and gives you access to editorial information about the item. 

Note: If your item has any “contexts” such as passages, you can render the item and use the preview there to see the contexts along with the item. See "Rendering an Item," below.

To view a video on previewing or rendering items, refer to Training Videos.

Previewing/Rendering an Item from the Items Panel

To preview/render an item listed on the Items panel, click the Preview link. This gives you access to the rendered preview of the item. 

Previewing an Item from the Item Editor

To preview an item that you are viewing or editing, click the Preview tab.

  • Click Reveal Key to see the correct answer highlighted.
  • Click Score after you select an answer so that you can see how many points are earned.

Rendering Item from Item Editor

Render an item to:

  • Preview the item along with any contexts. This most closely mirrors how it would be rendered for a candidate inside of a test delivery engine.
  • See summarized important metadata that an item author or reviewer would be interested in having at-the-ready.
  • View or add comments.
  • View/export the item in HTML.

Preview Item in Item Editor

To render an item from within the item editor or when viewing an item:

Click Actions (the gear icon) and select Render Item.

The Preview tab displays the item along with any contexts. 

  • Click Reveal Key to see the correct answer highlighted.
  • Click Check Answer after you select an answer so that you can see how many points are earned.

View Item Metadata and Properties

Click on the Editorial tab to see information such as item properties/metadata.

View Metadata and Properties Editorial Options

View Metadata and Properties Editorial Options

Click the icons on the other tabs of the Editorial page to:

  • View/add comments
  • View/add ratings
  • See reviewers and give reviews
  • View the item in HTML

Hover the cursor over the icons to see what the tab will show you.

Previewing vs. Rendering

Previewing an item:

  • Displays the item in an interactive way.
  • Contexts are not shown along with the item.
  • No metadata/editorial information is available.

Rendering an item:

  • Displays the item in an interactive way along with contexts such as passages.
  • Provides summarized editorial information about the item.
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