Item Building

Drop Down Items

  • A Drop Down Item or a completion task requires the examinee to select a response from a list.
  • There can be more than one drop down list in a test item.
  • Points distribution among the drop down boxes are user determined (default is even distribution).

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Drop Down


Drop Down Properties

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




(default options underlined)



My Drop Down

The OWL TMS automatically enters "My Drop Down" 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".)



Drop Down

The OWL TMS automatically enters "Drop Down".



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.





The examinee cannot move forward until they have recorded their response or the timer runs out.




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




Practice items can be assigned points, however those points will not be added into the examinee's overall Test performance. This feature might be used to evaluate the efficacy of a new Drop Down item.




Item is included in the Test's scoring.


Auto Play Media


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




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




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.





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. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED.



Timed =
User Defined

Set the amount of time the examinee will have to record their response to the item. When this expires the test will move on to the next item.

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.




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. KEYWORDS HELP PAGE




Response to item will be included in the test scoring.




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




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




Add a rubric to an item if you would like a human rater to provide this type of input when assessing the response in OWL.



Select from
Drop Down List

Rubrics you have built in OWL will appear in the drop down list. Select the one that you would like to be applied. Rubrics at the Item level will only be applicable if they have not been applied at the Section or Test Level.