Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Chariot Software Group's MicroTest III

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Chariot Software Group's MicroTest III

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MicroTest III is a test bank program. It creates databases of questions and files of tests that draw particular questions from a database and assembles those questions into an exam. The main interface shows three windows. The top left window lists the chapters available in the database. The top right window shows a numbered list of all the questions in the selected chapter. The bottom window shows the details on the currently selected chapter. You can select questions manually or use a section criterion, such as "all hard questions."

Some textbook publishers distribute MicroTest question databases with their textbboks, which is how I first started using the program. If your textbook does not come with a database, you have two options: enter questions one at a time within MicroTest, or type the questions in your word processor and import them into the program.

MicroTest does not have a spell check and its interface for manually entering questions is clunky, so you will most likely want to avoid that option. It uses a very rigid format for importing 'questions that requires you to insert arcane codes, such as "/MC SC all K A D A" into your questions. In addition, the file must be saved as a text file without formatting before it can be imported. However, using your word processor does let you check spelling and enter a lot of questions quickly, so it is well worth learning how to insert the codes. Unfortunately, MicroTest cannot import formatting, so you will have to format your questions manually once you have imported them. …

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