Item Building

Cloze Items

  • A completion task requires the examinee to provide a typed response
  • One or more text fields (referred to as gaps) usually interstitial to a passage of text
  • Points are distributed equally among the item's gaps
  • Students can respond using a virtual keyboard
  • Cloze Items can be used to create:
    • Matching items. ( Please see note below)
    • Fill in the Blank
    • Naming Images Practice
    • Word Bank
    • Completion Table
    • Definitions Practice

 

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Building Items
Help Page

Cloze Item
Samples

 

Important: CLOZE GAPS CANNOT BE COPIED!
Every cloze gap must be created from scratch every time by clicking the CREATE GAP button.

 

Cloze Properties

Each Item's properties editor is launched by clicking on the control at the specific Item level (3).

 

Field

Description

(default options underlined)

 

Name

My Cloze

The OWL TMS automatically enters "My Cloze" for a new item's name. It is recommended that you change this so you can find your content in the OWL List Pages.

 

 

User Defined

The Name of the item is used to find your activity in the OWL TMS list pages. You can also change this using the Name Field to the left of the control. (In the above example the name field displays "My Item".)

 

Title

Cloze

The OWL TMS automatically enters "Cloze".

 

 

User Defined

The Title is displayed to your test takers in the upper margin of the testing window. You can use this field to describe the section or give additional directions. Please note the amount of text displayed in the title is limited by each browser. Be sure to preview your test to ensure the title is displayed properly.

 

Case Sensitive
Rating

Yes

The examinee must enter the response with the capitalization as it appears in the gaps correct answers field in order for the auto-rater to score the item as correct.

 

 

No

The auto-rater will accept a test taker's response regardless of capitalization. (e.g. for an item with a correct answer of "one" will be scored as correct if the test taker enters any variation such as: one, One, ONE, oNE, etc.)

 

Navigation
Enabled

Yes

Allow the Test Taker to use the OWL Tester's navigation controls (arrows).

 

 

No

If Navigation is restricted then the Test's timers control the examinee's movement through the test. This feature is referred to as Auto Pilot.

 

Require
Answer

Yes

The examinee cannot move forward until they have entered their Cloze response or when the item timer runs out.

 

 

No

Allow the examinee to move off the item regardless of completion.

For matching items that use the browser's drag and drop function, require answer must be set to "No". (please see note below)

 

Practice

Yes

Practice items can be assigned points, however those points will not be added into the examinee's overall Test performance.

 

 

No

Item is included in the Test's scoring.

 

Auto Play
Media

Yes

An audio or video recording will automatically start when the examinee lands on the Item in tester.

 

 

No

The test taker is required to press the "Play" button on the screen to begin the hearing or viewing the media.

 

Nav During
Auto Play

Yes

The examinee can use the tester's navigation while the media is playing. If Require Answer is set to use they must first provide an answer before moving on.

 

 

No

The examinee must listen/watch to the entire media prompt before moving on to the next test item. When using this feature, Auto Play Media must be set to "Yes."

 

Replays

Unlimited

The test taker can replay the audio prompt as many times as they like, provided limits have not been on the Test.

 

 

Limited = 0

The examinee will not be allowed to replay the Item's Audio prompt.

 

 

Limited = 1

The examinee will be allowed to replay the Item's Audio prompt once.

 

Replay
Penalty

0

The percentage of points deducted from the Test Taker's score each time they replay the audio on the individual item.

 

 

user defined

The percentage for the points deduction can be set by the user.

 

Response
Time

Unlimited

Set the amount of time the test taker has to respond to the item. If set to unlimited, the Test will remain on the item until the examinee clicks on the next item control.

 

 

Timed =
User Defined

The examinee will have this amount of time to enter their Cloze response before the tester automatically advanced to the next time  The examinee can press the next control if they have completed their response and wish to move on.

PLEASE NOTE: Setting the Response Time on an item will apply to the particular item only. If you have set the Response Time at the Section or Test level, that setting will override any value that you set here.

 

Response
Prompt

Beep

Select for an indicator to play after any audio prompts letting the examinee know the response timer has started.

 

 

None

No beep will be heard.

 

Keywords

Nothing

Keywords can be used like tags for sorting and grouping your content in the OWL List Pages. They can also be used to engage certain other OWL features that have not yet been incorporated into the user interface.

 

 

User Defined

Enter any words that are relevant to your workflow. Keywords can also be used to engage certain other OWL features that have not yet been incorporated into the user interface.

 

Category

Testing

Response to item will be included in the test scoring.

 

 

Survey

Response will be recorded, but no points will be assigned. Responses to items marked as survey can be reported on separately in OWL.

 

Level

None

This is the proficiency level of the test item. This information is not visible to the test taker. By setting a Level for your question you can more easily access this item to build sections or tests in the future.

 

 

Select from
Drop Down List

In most cases, this menu is configured by your administrator with the levels that you typically use. Some examples of values that may appear in this field are:

  • ACTFL Level - Novice Low, Novice Mid, Novice High...
  • ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) - 0, 0+, 1, 1+...
  • COE (Council of Europe) - A1, A2, B1, B2 ...
  • Your own - If you wish to establish your own scale, ask you administrator to customize this list for your needs

 

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING MATCHING ITEMS
A browser's drag and drop feature may be used to complete the gaps from a word bank or tables. However, this depends on the individual browser's functionality which cannot be employed consistently across browsers . Therefore the "Require Answer" property should be set to "No". This feature is a makes a great practice activity, however; we do not recommend this feature be used for High Stakes Testing.

 


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