Hosted Test Features & Benefits
Hosted Test is the premier online testing and assessment
software chosen by educators, human resources professionals
and performance improvement specialists all over the world.
Working with industry experts and our customers from the very
beginning, we have developed software applications for you
that combine grace, simplicity and ease of use with the powerful
and robust feature set most requested by your peers.
Configure and Personalize
You have total control over the look and feel of your test,
invitations, confirmations and reports. We do not require
you to carry our advertisements, banners, disclaimers or annoying
pop-ups, pop-unders or page re-directs.
You can specify the fonts, colors, styles and backgrounds
of almost all the different text elements. You can add your
organization's logo, branding, watermark and other artwork
and images to the page layout, and personalize the wording
of user prompts, buttons, labels and messages. When your test
is complete, your respondents will be taken where you want
them to go.
Hosted Test offers a variety of different question
types and textual/visual elements for your use in the development
of your tests, exams and evaluation forms.
- Multiple Choice, Select All That Apply (Check boxes)
- Multiple Choice, Select Just One (Radio buttons)
- Multiple Choice, Select Just One (Drop down list boxes)
- Essay (Unlimited length, open-ended text)
- Open-ended Text (User-defined length, 1 to 1,000 characters)
- Multi-part Open-ended Text (User-defined, multiple parts
of user-defined length for each part)
- Matching Question Set (Provides two lists of statements
or items to be matched together correctly)
- Random Question Set or Pool (Present a group of questions
in random order, or drawn as a sub-set from a larger pool,
unique to each student or test taker)
- Conditional Question Branch or Skip (Dynamically hide,
display or branch to optional questions based on previous
- Page Heading, Break (Textual element in special font,
always starts a new page)
- Section Heading (Textual element in special font, breaks
up a single page into sections for readability)
- Section Text (Textual element, unlimited characters, can
include links to documents, related material, and multimedia
- Custom (User-defined question type, requires custom programming,
and a modest fee for development... but we'll do just about
anything you need)
- We're now offering a free registration page for all tests. Send a link to your respondents or post it on your website. They will add their name and email address, and go directly to the test. The registration page will add your respondent information to the test's respondent list, connecting your respondents to their answers. Send an email with your login name and the test codes(s) with your request to use the registration page and we'll take care of the rest - for free!
Advanced Question and Answer Options
- Required Answer (Respondent cannot submit page unless
a response is given to the question)
- Random Answer Sequence (Randomly re-orders set of answer
options differently for each test taker)
- Do Not Randomize Answer (Randomly re-orders some of the
answer options, but keeps others in fixed position)
- User-defined Data Types (User can specify data type for
open-ended questions as alpha, numeric, mixed, positive
integer, date/time, etc.)
- User-defined Data Constraints (User can specify the range
of allowed characters for open-ended questions)
- "None of the Above" Answer (For check boxes,
if this answer is selected, all other answers are automatically
deselected, and vice-versa)
Test Design and Editing Options
Test designers have the option of starting from scratch,
copying and editing new versions of existing tests, importing,
combining, merging and editing test templates or individual
questions and answers from your Question & Answer Library,
or importing and editing stock tests from Hostedware's library
of test examples.
Editing functions include the ability to easily insert questions
at any point in a test, move or re-sequence questions in a
test, delete questions in a test, and use standard Copy/Paste
functions to copy text from one place to another.
At any time during the test design process, you can preview
your test to see exactly how it will look online for your
respondents. One click invokes the test in "Test Mode."
You can then take the test, from beginning to end, testing
for content, style, usability, and the proper working of various
navigation controls, data constraints, required fields, user
messages and optional links to supporting material, artwork,
or multimedia, etc. Your responses will be processed, but
not permanently saved.
All formatting, layout, navigation and configuration options
are available via our point-and-click web interface. No scripting
or memorization of special commands, codes or languages is
commands into your questions, answers, message text and emails
to achieve sky's-the-limit special effects, and additional
control over the look, feel and functionality of your test.
Test Administration and Respondent Invitations
You control the duration (start and end) your test is open.
The duration can range from a short period of time on a single
day to weeks, months or even years. You also control who can
take your test, whether it is open to the public or only to
a pre-defined list or class. And you control whether the test
has to be completed in one session, or participants can exit
and resume later; and if they can, whether they can go back
and change previous answers, go forward only and not back
to prior pages, and whether they can re-enter unconditionally,
until they have submitted the last page of the test, or can
continue retrying until they pass the test.
Each test is assigned a unique test code. If your target
audience or student database is known upfront, you can assign
each respondent an ID or password as well. Hosted Test's respondent
management features allow you to enter or upload a list of
names, email addresses and related contact and demographic
information (including user-defined fields) from an Excel
The email invitation system allows you to invite participants
using a personalized and tailored message. Each email is sent
out individually (no bulk email with copies or blind copies,
cc/bcc), and can be personalized with a greeting name and
other optional information and customized prompts and text.
Invited participants can launch the test with a single click
from their email invitation.
You can monitor who has taken the test and who has not. You
can configure a confirmation email to notify the test administrator
each time a participant completes a test, and you can send
periodic reminder notices to those who have not yet completed
You can specify a timer on the test using timed testing.You
can set time limits on your entire test, or create an SAT-style
test using "chapters" for different test subjects.
Chapters allow you to time each section of your test independently,
permanently close prior sections, and allow for breaks between
timed sessions. You can control the text and display attributes
of timer messages and clock.
Online Reports, Grade Book, Real-time Results
You can view up-to-the-minute statistics about your tests
at any time. One click gives you immediate access to an up-to-the-moment
online grade book with scores and percentages by student or
participant. You can compare scores over multiple tests and
use the results to tabulate grades. You can categorize test
questions by topic and see topic-by-topic scores and totals.
And you have many options for configuring whether the test
taker will see scores or not, as well as correct responses,
incorrect responses, review material, as well as other data
and statistics, and whether these reports will be emailed
to test administrators, the students themselves, or both.
More complex configurable reports are also available, with
options available to view results and various statistics by
demographic groupings, respondent data, and other filters.
Essay reports are available and can be sorted and filtered
You can download your results data to a file on your computer.
This file is in an industry-standard tab-delimited, MicrosoftR
Excel, Access or XML format, and is ready for immediate use.
You can easily import it into your favorite database or statistical
analysis software, or send it electronically to your back-office
(Fully-automated, scheduled, custom-configured data transfer
options are available, and can be set up very quickly and
When designing tests, question and answer coding is available
for multi-lingual and longitudinal evaluations, and to simplify
data manipulation, statistical analysis, data storage, and
to eliminate any embedded HTML coding.
Question & Answer (Q&A) Library
Pre-defined and re-usable questions and answers can be created
and saved in your personal Q&A Library. Test templates can
be created that enable you to create a test once and customize
it for multiple projects, courses or periods. Click to import
a template into your new test, and then modify as needed.
Multiple templates can be combined to create one test. Customers
who conduct a variety of types of tests can categorize your
library questions using "Test Types." This feature
optimizes your ability to organize large libraries, and find
what you need when you need it.