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Important Information About Test Unlocking

ATTENTION OWL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATORS
OWL System Administrators with advanced functions have the ability to unlock OWL elements (e.g., Tests, Sections, Items). To unlock an element click on the picture of the lock next to the item on the appropriate list page.


caution!

PLEASE USE WITH EXTREME CAUTION!!!
OWL CANNOT PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR
PROBLEMS THAT RESULT FROM UNLOCKING ELEMENTS.

The unlocking feature should only be used if absolutely necessary. There are many ways that changing a previously locked element could permanently break your OWL tests. Or the test may continue to function; however, the scoring or reporting of the test may be impaired. If you need to make substantive changes to a test (or item) it is no longer the same test. In this case, we recommend that you make a copy and alter the copy.

  • Probably Okay - Because every OWL user and test configuration is unique, we can not definitively say that any changes are safe. However, this feature may be useful for making minor corrections, such as correcting a typo, or replacing an image.

  • Definitely Bad - We do know for certain that the following changes will break your test/item:
    DO NOT Change the Points
    DO NOT Add or Remove Items from a Test
    DO NOT Reorder or Change the Randomization
    DO NOT Add or Remove Multiple Choice Options
    DO NOT Change the Order of Item Options
    DO NOT Change the Options Set on the Information Page

 

IMPORTANT:

If you unlock an element, it will remain unlocked until you manually lock it again.
It will not automatically lock with testing activity.

When you are finished editing, be sure to re-lock the test by clicking the icon.


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