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Publishing

Publishing a test means to create a copy of it which can be accessed by your respondents via a URL (a web address). 

We also provide some embed code for your convenience if you wish to embed the publication into a web site you control such as a blog or company website. You might need to tailor it to set the height and width to fit where you want it to go.

The publishing controls are on the Preview and Publish tab on the Test Editor. 

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Previewing your publication

You can preview how the publication will look and behave by pressing the Preview button. Previewing lets you check that you have set the correct answers and see how the different settings (described below) affect the finished result. Previewing does not interact with the server in any way. You don't even need an account to preview your work. Some features such as the confirm submit dialog, score for non Fun Quiz publications and Sign in with Google button don't show in preview mode.

To see some actual publications and how they look when embedded and otherwise and also to see examples of the various options then please see the examples page


Publication types

Publication types cater for various uses of your publication. You can enter the expected respondents beforehand, have them email you to, say, enter a competition or just have a Fun Quiz which shows the result at then end. These types are described below.

Fun Quiz

Fun Quizzes show the results at the end. They can be styled formally or informally and so can be used for on-line exam practice as well as for pure amusement. You can read more about Fun Quizzes on the Fun Quiz page.


General

showing the general publication type selectionThis publication type does not require the respondent to be set-up beforehand and has the option to require the respondent to enter their email address or Sign in with Google which you then see as the reference for them in the publication panel after they have submitted their answers. This is so that you can see and filter on the email address. 

If you choose not to require the respondent to enter their email address, or Sign in with Google then, if you want to know who has answered the questions, you will need to use one or more of your questions, as text-box answers to capture the identity of the respondent. You can see any identifying details when you view the answers. Anonymous is assumed if no other option chosen.

You have the option to show the score to the respondents. This will be shown immediately after they have submitted their answers. The full results are not shown, just the score.

If the Sign in with Google option is chosen then the respondent can resume a partly completed test and cannot submit their answers more than once. This is particularly useful for businesses using Google Apps for Work™ to assess employees. 

If you account is currently upgraded above Free status then you can choose to restrict access to your publication via Logins.


Respondents by email

Respondents by email publications don't show the results to the respondent. At the end is presented a key which the respondent emails to you. You use the key to access their results. You can access the results by logging in to the publisher or sending an email from your email address. The respondent cannot access the results. This type of publication can be styled formally or informally and so can be used for distance learning assessments or competitions. You can read more about Respondents by email on the Respondents by email page.


Named Respondents

Named Respondent type publications don't show the results to the respondent. You set up individual respondents and they get a unique URL each even though they all show on the same publication panel. This type of publication allows respondents to resume a test. You can read more about Named Respondent publications on the Named Respondents page.


Publication styles

Publication styles are used in conjunction with publication types and control the buttons and features presented to a respondent.

Formal style

Choose formal to have an question list navigation, back buttons, quick navigation, deferred questions and help on these features. These are great for on-line exam preparation. You can read more on the formal publication style page.

Informal style

Informal style just has a 'next' button and works great for quizzes and competitions. To read more please go to the informal publication style page.


Themes

Themes change the look of the publication but not the functionality. Choose a theme from the themes drop-down list and use the previewer to see the theme. More information on the themes page.

 

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Other controls

Publication Name

The default is to use the test name but you can set another name by un-ticking the checkbox. The publication name is shown at the top of the finished publication. This is handy for when you want to publish the same test more than once and want to be able to tell them apart or perhaps to publish to different audiences or with different publication types or styles.

Cut-Off Date

If you are running a competition or job vacancy initial assessment then you might want to set a date when no more respondents will be accepted. You can do this later if required.

The cut-off date is hardly ever used and is only shown, here, in case you never see it at any other time.


Pass Mark

Self explanatory really. This is the percentage of auto-marked questions. This will give you a quick indication of which respondents have reached at least the minimum standard. You will be able to filter respondents on the publication panel

You can't set a pass mark for Fun Quizzes. The respondent will be given their score at the end and you should use the Concluding Text to say something like 1-5 awful, 5-10 pretty good or whatever.

Publisher Email

For more information on this please see the Respondents by email page.


Publish

Press the Publish button. You need to be signed-in for the publication to be saved to the server. If your are not signed-in you will get a dummy publication to allow you to evaluate the process. 

A publication will be created and will open on the publication tab. Subsequent changes to your test will not change the publication. If you want to make any changes then you will need to make changes on the test editor and publish it again. You can publish a test multiple times and each publication will be independent of others and of the original test. You can have multiple publications with the same name. The publication panel will show respondents etc. The publication page has more details.