General information | 'make test construction easier'

The QuestionConstructionKit contains a series of small programs that can make life easier for a test author. The QCK does not replace a test application but can be a supplement to it.

Aim of the QuestionConstructionKit (not yet available)
The aim is to make the construction and conversion of test questions as simple as possible. The QCK is ideal for use in:

  • Switch. Everyone knows the problem that arises when the organization switches to a new assessment program. Lecturers then want to convert large collections of questions to the new test format.
  • Simple. Another problem arises when groups of lecturers do not join because they find the method of test construction too complicated. They are willing to help build, if there is a simple construction method.
  • Collaborate. A third problem arises when teachers from different organizations, each with their own assessment system, start collaborating on a question database. They would then be better off developing in a joint intermediate format.
  • Generate. The QCK can also help speed up repetitive development processes, for example when developing vocabulary exercises.
  • Batch operations. Finally, the QCK provides tools for searching and replacing text in sequences of tests at a time. Metadata can also be added directly to a series of tests or all points for questions can be adjusted.
  • Apps. Many teachers want to use their assessments not only in the testing platform, used by the institution, but also in the various testing apps that exist, such as Kahoot, Socrative, Loudly and iSpring QUIZ. This is possible with the QCK.

The QCK provides various tools to solve these problems. The QCK supports working with multiple testing platforms.

Our experience
We as makers have more than 25 years of experience in test construction and test conversion. We use these programs daily within our own projects. With the QCK we share our knowledge and experience with others. The QCK stems from the desire to simplify the test construction process in some phases for the assessment authors. In particular, the QCK must speed up repetitive processes, such as the construction of vocabulary tests and promote collaboration between test authors, who all work with a different test platform.

The organization IMS manages an international exchange standard for test questions. QCK's templates can create questions for nine of these IMS QTI question types: multiple choice, multiple response, short answer, numeric, open, match, order, fill in the blanks, select. IMS QTI is an import option for many dozens of internationally renowned testing applications and learning platforms, such as Canvas (LMS), Brightspace (LMS), QuestionMark, Dugga, BlackBoard (LMS), itslearning (LMS), Moodle (LMS), Inspera, Remindo, TestVision, Quayn and more. Other platforms use (also) QTI 1.2, like Canvas Quiz. More about IMS QTI 2.1: [ click

We currently support nine question types for the templates and about 10 for conversion. The idea is that building assessments should remain as simple as possible. The chosen nine question types are easy to create and understand.

NB. We have not tested the IMS QTI import ourselves in the various applications. We would like to hear from users about their experiences through [ this form ].

At this moment is the QCK only available in combination with an internal project.
The plan is to also make it available to third parties from 2024.