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Teachers give EXAM BANK an A+ because it takes the hassle out of testing. Its ability to quickly change test questions means that teachers will never again need to give the same examination twice. With one extra keystroke, teachers can scramble the sequence of questions, thus preparing two tests for the same class. The program even generates printed answer sheets. Crossmatch questions are produced without hassle. Matches are entered side by side. Each time the question is printed the program scrambles both columns into a different order and then prints a correct answer sheet. EXAM BANK stores examination questions of the type most commonly used by teachers and professors: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay and cross match. It allows for complete editing or deletion and replacement of previously written questions. Best of all, EXAM BANK's question entry screens have wordprocessing features and full cursor control key usage.
HOW TO REACH ME I can be contacted in the following ways: My mail address is Jess Kitchens Education Software P. O. Box 64205 Sunnyvale, CA 94088 or, you can leave electronic mail for me on COMPUSERVE Jess Kitchens User ID: 73760,463
COMBINE - A UTILITY FOR REGISTERED EXAM BANK USERS COMBINE is a program for combining Exam Bank Files. It will allow you to combine your Exam Bank files into aggregate files for the preparation of midterms, finals, etc. For example, you may wish to combine: CHAP1 CHAP2 CHAP4 CHAP6 and CHAP9 to produce MIDTERM2 COMBINE makes this an automated process. You make as many different combinations as you wish. Unless your files are small, a hard disk or large capacity floppy disk is required for enough working room. COMBINE is NOT a shareware program. It will be sold only to registered users. The price is $5.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling (Total $10.00), payment in advance. At this price I will not respond to purchase orders, submit invoices, etc. Orders from non-registered users will be rejected. Type REGISTER at the DOS prompt to print an order blank.
Disk No: 1631 Disk Title: Exam Bank PC-SIG Version: S1.2 Program Title: Exam Bank Author Version: 1.3 Author Registration: $40.00 Special Requirements: 300K RAM. Teachers give EXAM BANK an A+ because it takes the hassle out of testing. Its ability to quickly change test questions means that teachers will never again need to give the same examination twice. With one extra keystroke, teachers can scramble the sequence of questions, thus preparing two tests for the same class. The program even generates printed answer sheets. Crossmatch questions are produced without hassle. Matches are entered side by side. Each time the question is printed the program scrambles both columns into a different order and then prints a correct answer sheet. EXAM BANK stores examination questions of the type most commonly used by teachers and professors: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay and cross match. It allows for complete editing or deletion and replacement of previously written questions. Best of all, EXAM BANK's question entry screens have wordprocessing features and full cursor control key usage. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
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MUSINGS OF MY MIND, or THE DOCTOR IS IN, 5 CENTS PLEASE I have always been intrigued with the idea of shareware. It's much like public television, which I've always thought was about the only thing on the tube worth watching. Give it (your software) your best shot, pass it out to everyone, and enough people will appreciate your efforts to support you in doing some more. Everyone benefits. As I prepare to release Version 1.3 of Exam Bank, I must reflect a little on where Education Software (that's just me, Jess) is going. I have invested about two thousand hours, plus several thousand dollars for disks, mailers, and postage, in preparing and distributing Exam Bank. I admit it was a grand experiment. I have had other options. Early, when Version 1.0 was just about a reality, Scott Foresman, the textbook publisher, became very interested in buying the program as an incentive for teachers to use their textbooks. I didn't do it, for two reasons. First, they wanted me to write EB also for the Macintosh, and I wasn't particularly interested. Second, I felt I couldn't be as creative - I was sure that somehow the program would be channeled in a way that only those whom Scott Foresman wished to have it would have it. I am grateful to Scott Foresman, however, for a critical review of EB. At the time, only a "first line" menu was available for selecting questions for a test. They criticized the inability to see the whole question while selecting, so I added the "View" option. Later, I had a letter from a user, a three time author for John Wiley and Sons, who thought he would like to distribute Exam Bank and a set of questions and answers with his textbook. He approached his editor at Wiley, who had said they ordinarily were not interested in this sort of thing, but in this instance might be interested anyway. At the time, I was getting into full swing with the distribution of EB. Significant changes would have had to be made to the program, and I was excited about the possibilities of my own scheme, and I let it pass. I knew where my customers were. In schools! And school directories can be obtained for every state. I sent hundreds, then thousands of EB copies to school principals and Education Departments at Colleges, asking them to share it with their colleagues, and asking for a $30 fee from those who used it. (It was less of a program then than it is now). My intention was that the recipients would pass it around, and interested teachers would register. More often than I would have a teacher register, I would have a SCHOOL register. I even had a few school DISTRICTS send me $30 for registration. In a year, I have not yet had enough registrations to pay for the postage, much less the disks and mailers, or anything at all for my time. I am delighted that Exam Bank has proved useful to teachers from Canada to South Africa (no, I don't know how it got there). But I get letters from everywhere, sometimes wanting multiple choice to have six answers, sometimes more lines for the question. Or problems. The most commonly occuring problem is the failure to use a config.sys file as described in the manual and the readme.doc file. I have always answered these letters, solved the problems, and sent the latest version of the program just to be sure. Usually, this is the last I ever hear from this person. These letters ("If I just knew what to do about this, I would register...") outnumber registrations four to one. I am at a crossroads. While I am working on the next application, I will be judging whether the effort and money I have invested in this method of marketing was worth it. If I do not at least meet expenses and make a small return on my many hours of work, I must look for other outlets. Shareware software doesn't get any better than this, I'm sure you'll agree. Thousands of you are using this program every week. A few tens of you have registered to help make more of this possible. If you haven't registered, I hope you will reconsider. Jess Kitchens
Thanks for trying Exam Bank v.1.3! WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO GET STARTED All Exam Bank files (including this one) must be located in the program directory, or the program will not run. That's the only way in the shareware world to make sure that all the files stay together. EXAM BANK must open ten or more files at one time. The DOS default allows only eight files open at one time. The number of open files allowable may be changed by locating a file called (exactly) CONFIG.SYS in the ROOT directory of your BOOT disk (Drive A for floppy disk users, or Drive C if you have a hard disk. Although some of your software may run without a CONFIG.SYS file, one is required for this program. Modify your CONFIG.SYS file, if necessary, to include the line: FILES = 15 (or a larger number) A CONFIG.SYS file containing only the line 'FILES = 15' is included on the EXAM BANK disk for your convenience. If you don't have this file on your boot disk, you may copy this one to the ROOT directory of your BOOT disk. It is not needed in the same directory as the program files. Your computer's performance may improve if your CONFIG.SYS file also contains the line: BUFFERS=15 although this is not absolutely necessary to run the program. If this is confusing to you, get someone who is comfortable with computers to help you set up your CONFIG.SYS file. Reboot your computer after you have made these changes. FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS QUESTIONS A registered user of Exam Bank has suggested the addition of fill-in-the-blanks questions as an option. That capability has already existed, although we didn't previously show any examples. To make a fill-in-the-blanks question, just select write- short answer. Write the question using the underline for the blank. It will look something like this: Question - The _______________ is the highest executive office of the Dutch Republic. Key Elements In Answer - stadholder Number of lines for student - (Enter < 1 > for proper question spacing. That's all you need to do. Three questions of this type have been added to the short answer question file to illustrate how this works. HARD DISK USERS NOTE!!!!! A few persons have reported the program bombing out when they attempted to set it up on their hard disk. The reason was that the data subdirectory did not exist at the time Exam Bank was started. The program is not coded to set up the subdirectory if it doesn't already exist, so if you specify a non-existent sub directory, the program quits and dumps you back to DOS with an error message. The error message has now been made specific so that there will be no confusion. You should, however, set up your data subdirectory with the 'make directory' command prior to starting Exam Bank if you wish to put your data on the hard disk. (MD C:\EBDATA for example). Then start EB from within the PROGRAM sub-directory and all is well. You only have to set up the subdirectory once. This does not apply to persons storing their data files on floppy disks without subdirectories. PRINTING A MANUAL While in the program directory, turn your printer on and type PRMANUAL <Enter>. The Exam Bank manual (about 25 pages) will be printed. RUNNING THE PROGRAM You should as a minimum read the "Jump Start" page of the manual before running the program. Then, while in the program directory, type EB <Enter>. REGISTRATION Show your support for writers of quality shareware programs by registering your copy. While in the program directory, turn your printer on and type REGISTER <Enter> to print a registration form. A fee of $40 is requested from individuals who use this program in their work. School registrations are $70 for schools with enrollments less than 2000 students, and $100 for schools with more than 2000 students. School registrations entitle all faculty to use Exam Bank without further payment, and provide the same benefits for upgrades and future releases from Education Software. SHARE THE PROGRAM WITH OTHERS Please share complete copies of Exam Bank with your colleagues in the field of education. Thanks Jess Kitchens Education Software P. O. Box 64205 Sunnyvale, CA 94088
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ EB EXE 134826 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMBANK OV1 26 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMBANK OV2 3968 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMBANK OV3 1358 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMBANK OV4 3968 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMBANK OV5 44187 3-25-90 2:00p PRMANUAL EXE 50495 3-25-90 2:00p REGISTER BAT 139 3-25-90 2:00p -------- --- 0 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMPLE MC 16401 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMPLE TF 5220 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMPLE SA 14996 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMPLE ES 3900 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMPLE CM 2160 3-25-90 2:00p EXAMPLE DFL 196 3-25-90 2:00p ------- --- 0 3-25-90 2:00p CONFIG SYS 12 3-25-90 2:00p ------ --- 0 3-25-90 2:00p ADDRESS DOC 260 3-25-90 2:00p COMBINE DOC 970 3-25-90 2:00p MUSINGS DOC 4168 3-25-90 2:00p README DOC 4333 3-25-90 2:00p WHATSNEW DOC 1778 3-25-90 2:00p GO BAT 38 1-01-80 1:37a GO TXT 540 4-22-90 5:32a FILE1631 TXT 2443 4-22-90 6:50p 26 file(s) 296382 bytes 11264 bytes free