Home of the original IBM PC emulator for browsers.
[PCjs Machine "ibm5170"]
Waiting for machine "ibm5170" to load....
TMS stands for TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, and the name is descriptive. TMS is a software system, or system of programs, which automates many of the routine and tedious chores of administering multiple-choice and true/false tests. ~ Maintain a test bank of up to 999,999 questions. ~ Browse through the test bank and mark questions at will for inclusion in a test; you can let the program search for the questions by author, by the class or course from which it is derived, or by the topic or area of the questions. ~ Print the test directly on a printer, with a face sheet, a coded student answer sheet, and an overlay key template for correcting the student answer sheets. ~ Save a test in ASCII text form, to load into your favorite word processor for additional editing or special effects such as boldface or italics. ~ Print a reference key version of the test, which contains all the questions of the regular test, plus a graphic indication of the correct answer, the level of difficulty, area of the question, class, author and bibliographic citations. ~ Administer the test by computer, by placing the test on a single diskette; the test will be scored automatically, and if you choose, the program will show the student his/her score and even review the test, with the correct answers and the student answers shown. ~ For each test you administer by computer, print a report which contains the name and score of each person who took the test, and a tally of the distribution of answers for the test.
Disk No: 1890 Disk Title: Test Management Disk 1 of 2 PC-SIG Version: S1.1 Program Title: Test Management System Author Version: 1.08 Author Registration: $75.00 Special Requirements: 512K RAM Hard Drive. TMS stands for TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, and the name is descriptive. TMS is a software system, or system of programs, which automate many of the routine and tedious chores of administering multiple-choice and true/false tests. ~ Maintain a test bank of up to 999,999 questions. ~ Browse through the test bank and mark questions at will for inclusion in a test; you can let the program search for the questions by author, by the class or course from which it is derived, or by the topic or area of the question. ~ Print the test directly on a printer, with a face sheet, a coded student answer sheet, and an overlay key template for correcting the student answer sheets. ~ Save a test in ASCII text form, to load into your favorite word processor for additional editing or special effects such as boldface or italics. ~ Print a reference key version of the test, which contains all the questions of the regular test, plus a graphic indication of the correct answer, the level of difficulty, area of the question, class, author and bibliographic citations. ~ Administer the test by computer, by placing the test on a single diskette; the test will be scored automatically, and if you choose, the program will show the student his/her score and even review the test, with the correct answers and the student answers shown. ~ For each test you administer by computer, print a report which contains the name and score of each person who took the test, and an a tally of the distribution of answers for the test. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< Disk #1890 TEST MANAGEMENT >>>> ║ ║ (disk 1 of 2, 1891 also) ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ Copy all files from disk 1 & 2 to your hard drive. ║ ║ ║ ║ To run the program, type: TMS (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To print documentation, type: COPY MANUAL.TMS PRN (press enter) ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
ON-LINE HELP FOR TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ======================================= copyright (c) 1989 Marshall Woolner. All rights reserved. This documentation refers to version 1.08 (2-10-90) of TMS. Part I describes the operation of Test Management System (TMS) from the main menu and other menus. All TMS functions and services are activated by menu choices. Part II describes additional help and support for use of TMS, including reporting problems. PART I: OPERATION OF TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM The main menu is the platform from which you will operate TMS. The options listed are: Questions Test Disk Print Score Info (tech) Utilities Configuration HELP! End You will notice that when you come to the main menu for the first time, the option "Questions" is highlighted or in reverse video. To use the main menu, and any other menu in TMS, follow these instructions: 1. Use the up and down cursor keys (usually found on the 8 and 2 keys of the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard) to move the highlight bar to your selection, then press the <ENTER> key. This has the advantage of displaying a prompt in the message box under the main menu. The message box will display a brief message which describes the functions associated with the highlighted option. 2. Press the first letter of your choice to activate the options. For instance, to choose the "Questions" option, simply press the "Q" key. This has the advantage of being faster than moving the high- light bar. 3. As an added note, many of the selections in TMS need confirmation. This takes the form of answering yes or no to a prompt, then pressing the <ENTER> key. If you find that TMS is not doing what you want it to do, repeat the steps being very careful to read the prompts completely. All of the menus in TMS work the same way; highlight your choice, then press <ENTER>, or press the first letter of your choice. The following are the messages associated with each of the main menu options: "Questions" Add, change or delete test bank questions "Test" Create or delete a test "Disk" Select a test and prepare it for administration by computer "Print" Select a test and print it, with answer sheet and key template "Score" Score a computer-administered test, and print the results "Info (tech)" Display technical programming information about this Program "Utilities" Access TMS utilities "Configuration" Set or change configuration of TMS "HELP!" Gain Access to the general help system "End" Exit this program to the DOS command line Now, for a detailed explanation of the operation of each of the TMS main menu options. **** MAIN MENU ITEM: QUESTIONS Choosing this option will bring up the question menu. The question menu operates in the same manner as the main menu - you make selections by using the cursor keys to highlight your choice, then press the <ENTER> key, or you press the first letter of your choice. Here are the options: Add a question Change a question Delete a question Eliminate keys Finished And here is how you operate the options, and what they do: "Add a question" Select this option when you wish to add a new question (test item) to the test bank. When you select this option, you will be presented with three scrolling choice screen, one screen each for items labeled AREA, CLASS and AUTHOR. AREA, CLASS and AUTHOR are index keys, and provide information about the test item which allows you search the test bank for other questions with similar or identical index keys. The index key information is always entered in upper case letters. You can use these to enter any information about the test item you wish; however, their names are suggestive of the type of information intended. For instance, you might enter "NSG 101" for key CLASS information, or "TRAUMA" for key AREA information. To make a selection from a scrolling choice screen, you use the cursor key to move the highlight bar to the item you wish to select, then press the <ENTER> key. Each of the three scrolling choice screens operates in the same manner; the following is a description of the scrolling choice screen operation for AREA. Substitute the words CLASS or AUTHOR for AREA to understand how the other two operate. The first item highlighted is "Leave the AREA blank for now, or as it is". If you select this item, you will immediately leave the AREA scrolling choice screen without choosing AREA information. This would be most appropriate if you do now want to enter AREA information. The next line down is "Enter a new and unique AREA". Select this if the AREA information displayed below it is not appropriate for the test item you are entering. If you select this item, you will be presented with an information entry window, prompting you to enter a unique code for AREA. The AREA information is limited to a code of eight characters, to conserve disk storage space. There is also a description line, to allow you to enter up to fourty characters of text to describe the AREA entry. There is a prompt asking you if the entry is complete - this must be answered Y or N; if N is entered, you will have another chance to enter the information. If you enter Y, the entry will be checked for uniqueness. If it is not unique, another window will appear, in red, to prompt you that the code is not unique. Enter T to try again, or X to exit without entering new AREA information. The third and subsequent lines contain AREA information that has already been entered. The section to the left contains the codes (from one to eight letters, all upper case) and the section to the right contains the descriptions (up to fourty characters). If there are more codes than can be displayed on one screen, the label "--more--" will appear in the lower screen; move the highlight bar down to the last item displayed, and continue pressing the cursor key and the additional codes will scroll in the window until the last item is displayed. To select one of these, highlight your choice and press <ENTER>. Once you have finished with the three scrolling choice screens, the item entry screen will be displayed. In the top 1/3 third, you will see L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 and L6 displayed to the left hand side, with blank lines bounded by colons. This is the area in which to enter the text of the item stem. Type each line in, one at a time. Do not leave L1 blank, or leave a blank line between any lines which contain text. If you do this, the question will not print properly. You can move be- tween lines by using the cursor keys, or move from one line down to the next by pressing the <ENTER> key. Each line can contain up to 60 char- acters of text. There is no word wrap, so when you are at the end of one line, you will need to press <ENTER> or a down-arrow cursor key to move down to the next line. No special graphics or editing characters are supported (italics, underlining, etc.) so if there is a word you wish to emphasize, you might want to make it all upper case, e.g. All of the following are synonymous, EXCEPT: There are five option answers supported, each with one or two fifty-five character lines. You must enter at least two (a and b) or up to five (a through e). If you enter only one line in an option answer, make sure that it is the upper of the two lines available. If you do not, the TMS will not read the option answer or print it correctly on a test, e.g. Acceptable: a. :the first step to take is to evaluate airway patency : or a. :pH 7.54, PaCO2 88, PaO2 54, HCO3 28, RR 24, O2 CT 11.2 :on FiO2 1.00, TV 900 SIMV 12 Will not read correctly: a. : :the first step to take is to evaluate airway patency When you enter the last option answer, press the <ENTER> key until the cursor moves to the "Correct: " space. This is a mandatory entry area; you cannot move on until you enter the correct answer to the question. The next area is the level (you will bypass the AREA, AUTHOR and CLASS entry area - you can enter information in these spaces only by the scrolling choice screens described above). You can enter the numbers 1 through 9; this is intended for level of difficulty of the question. I use a 1 through 3 scale only: 1 for simple recall/rote memorization; 2 for synthesis of information, and 3 for application of theory in a practical situation. The total questions area is simply a counter of the total number of test items in the test bank. The next two sections, Ext. Ref (external reference) and Int. Ref. (in- ternal reference) or free text entry areas. You may enter anything you wish - up to fourty characters each line. I use the Ext. Ref. to enter bibliographic citations, usually from text books or current professional publications. The Int. Ref. I use for information from the handouts given for the classes I coordinate, usually the objective number and a page number for the content of the question. All this information is printed in the reference copy of the test, so it makes reviewing the test with students easier for me. The last items is "Is this entry complete? (Y/N)". If you enter N, then the cursor will move to the top of the screen, and you will have the op- portunity to edit your item. If you enter Y, a line will appear at the bottom of the screen: S)tore A)bandon R)esure editing? [select your choice, then press ENTER] If you press S, then <ENTER>, the question will be stored in the test bank. If you press A, then <ENTER>, you will be prompted "Are you sure?" - you must type YES and press <ENTER> to abandon the question. (the question will then 'evaporate') If you press R, then <ENTER>, the cursor will move to the top of the screen, and you will be able to resume editing the question. If you choose S or A, you will then be prompted "Do you want to CONTINUE adding questions? (Y/N)". If you answer Y, then press <ENTER>, you will repeat the question entry process again, beginning with the scrolling choice screens for AREA, CLASS and AUTHOR. If you chose N, then press <ENTER>, you will go back to the "Question" menu. "Change a question" When you select this option, the first item in the test bank will be displayed in "index card" format. "Index card" format means that one question (test item) will be displayed at a time, with additional in- formation displayed with it on screen. This is the way that the test items will be displayed in the "Create a test" mode from the "Test" menu. The test item will be displayed with the stem followed by the option answers. The correct answer will be highlighted, with an arrow to the left of the answer pointing to it. At the top of the screen, the question number, index and order messages will be displayed. Question number is the unique number assigned to the question when it was created. If the question is ever deleted from the test bank, the number is deleted also, and will never be used for any other question. The index shows whether the index is off or on, and if it is on, which index is in use. The index choices are AUTHOR, CLASS and AREA. The order shows the pattern or path that will be fol- lowed through the test bank as you browse through the items. Natural order means that you will move through the test bank in the order in which the items were entered into the test bank. Alphabetic order means alphabetically, based on the index key that is active. At the bottom of the screen, you will find the CLASS, AREA and AUTHOR of the question listed, as well as the test bank record number. The record number is the ordinal number of the position of the test item in the test bank. Unlike the question number, the record number will change as items are added and deleted. The next to the last row is a horizontal version of a menu. These provide you with a variety of ways to browse through the test bank, in order to find the question(s) you wish to change. The options are: NEXT BACK GOTO CHANGE SEARCH EDIT QUIT/EXIT Like other TMS menus, you can move the lightbar to each of the options, then press <ENTER>, or you can press the first letter of your choice. Here is what each of them will do: NEXT will move forward to the next question. If the index is off, it will move to the next item, in the order in which the test items were originally entered. If an index is on, it will move to the next item in the order in which the items are indexed. If the last test item is already being displayed, it will give you a "last item" message. BACK will move back to the previous question. If the index is off, it will move to the previous item, in the order in which the test items were originally entered. If an index is on, it will move back to the previous item in the order in which the items are indexed. If the first test item is already being displayed, it will give you a "no items before this one" message. GOTO Means "go to" a question number which you select. You will be prompted to enter a question number, and TMS will search for it. If it is found, it will be displayed; if not, it will give you an "item not found" message. CHANGE This will pop up a scrolling choice screen, to allow you to SEARCH choose the index key to use, and allow you an opportunity to find a specific item. The index you select will remain active until you turn it off using the CHANGE SEARCH option. EDIT Edit will invoke the editing screen, which operates in the same manner as the "Add a question" option above, except that the item will be displayed. QUIT/EXIT This will send you back to the "Question" menu "Delete a question" When you select this, a warning screen will be displayed. If you elect to continue, you will be able to browse through the test bank in a way similar to the "Change a question" option, except that you will have a "DELETE" option, which will allow you to delete an item permanently from the test bank. "Eliminate Keys" This option will present you with three scrolling choice screens, one each for AREA, CLASS and AUTHOR. To use these, simply scroll the light bar to your selection and press <ENTER> to delete a key from the index. "Finished" Select this items to return to the main menu. **** MAIN MENU ITEM: TEST Selecting this item will bring up the "Test Service" menu, which has the following options: "Create a test" "Delete a test" "Finished" "Create a test" When you select this item, you will see the first question in the test bank displayed in "index card" format. It is the same format described above (in the "Change a question" option of the "Question" menu), with the following differences. In addition to CLASS, AREA and AUTHOR, Level, Marked, Correct and Total Marked information will be displayed. Level indicated the level of difficulty, from 1 through 9. Marked indicates if the question has been marked by you for inclusion in the test you are creating. If you have not "marked" the question, it will display "Marked: No"; if you have "marked" the question, it will display "Marked: Yes", highlighted in magenta. The horizontal menu appears this way: NEXT BACK GOTO SEARCH MARK UNMARK EDIT QUIT/SAVE NEXT, BACK, GOTO and EDIT operate in the same manner as described above in the "Change a question" option of the "Question" menu. SEARCH operates the same as CHANGE SEARCH. MARK will "mark" the question being displayed so that it will be in- cluded in the test you are building. MARK will also increment the "Total Marked" counter by one. If you attempt to MARK more than 120 questions, you will see a message that you have tried to mark too many questions. UNMARK will remove the "mark" from a "marked" question; if the question was marked, it will also decrement the "Total Marked" counter by one. QUIT/SAVE will offer you the opportunity to quit selecting test items or continue selecting test items. If you choose to quit, it will ask you what to do - save the test or abandon it. You must confirm all your selections by pressing the <ENTER> key. If you choose to save the test, you will be presented with a "NEW TEST INFORMATION" entry screen. You will be asked for a test name (up to 40 characters), comments (up to 40 characters), and a test code (8 characters). The test code is the only mandatory entry item. The test code must be a unique code, and will be used to identify the test among other tests you create. As a suggestion, you might wish to make the code two letter, followed by a six-character date; however, you are free to make the code anything you like. Finally, you are asked if the in- formation is complete. If you answer N, you have the opportunity to correct or add information again. If you answer Y, the test will be stored in the test history database and you will return to the main menu. "Delete a test" When you choose this selection, you will be presented with a scrolling choice screen. The first choice will be "CANCEL PROCESS - DELETE NO TEST"; the rest of the choices will be the tests stored in the test history database. Scroll the light bar up/down to highlight your choice, then press <ENTER>. You will be asked to confirm you choice, and if you confirm that you want to delete the test, it will be deleted permanently from the test history database. "Finished" This option returns you immediately to the main menu. ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: DISK When you select this item from the main menu, you will be presented first with a scrolling choice screen, containing the tests stored in the test history database. To select the test you wish to administer by computer, scroll the light bar up/down to your choice of tests, then press the <ENTER> key. Next, you will be presented with the "TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - DISK BASED TESTING SERVICE" information entry screen. You will be prompted to enter a test group code, and information on how you wish the test to be administered. Auto score, auto review and auto retest can each be enabled by a Y and disabled by an N. Auto score will auto- matically score and display the results to the person taking the test. Auto review gives the test taker the option of reviewing the test with his/her answer and the correct answer displayed with each question (there is no possibility of changing the answer after the test has been scored). Auto retest allowsthe test taker the option of retaking the test if he/she scores below the established minimum passing score. Minimum passing score is used to establish pass/fail when you select auto score and auto retest; you can set it from 1 to 100 %. ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: PRINT This option prepares for printing a test. The first display is the scrolling choice screen. You choose a test to print by moving the light bar up/down with the cursor keys to select your choice, then you press the <ENTER> key. The next screen is the "Preparation for Printing" information entry screen. The name and code of the test are displayed at the top of the screen, and you are prompted to enter where to print. Where to print has three options, P, D and B. P indicates printer only - the test will be printed on the printer that is connected to LPT1, the parallel printer port. D indicates that the test is to be "printed" to a disk file; actually, the text of the test will be saved as an ASCII disk file. This is a text file, saved on disk, which you can load into almost any word processing program, and modify as you desire. The third option, B, means both - save as a text file and print on the LPT1 printer. The next option is reference key. If you enter T for test only, the test will print, with a blank answer sheet, a key template with the correct answers indicated (an overlay template to facilitate scoring of paper/pencil tests), and a test report. The test report is a half page printout of information about the test. If you enter R, you will get the above, and a reference key version of the test; this has the questions printed, along with the correct answers and the additional information about the test item (as displayed on the "Add a question" test item entry screen). Once you have confirmed the information on the "Preparation for Printing" screen, you will be presented with the "Test Printing In- formation" screen. You will be prompted to enter optional infor- mation that will be included in the printing - heading, footers, date, title and instructor. These may be omitted if you choose. ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: SCORE When you select this item, you will be presented with the "Scoring Service Menu". The menu options are: "Quit" "Load" "Tally" "Report" "Student" "Manual" "Delete" "Quit" When you select "Quit", you return immediately to the main menu. "Load" When you select this item, you will be prompted to place the testing disk(s) in the A: drive. If you place a disk that does not contain the file of student scores on it, a message will appear to prompt you to make the correction. When you place the disk with the proper student scores on it in the A: drive, the student test answers and scores will be loaded into the master student score database on the hard disk. When that has been done, you will prompted whether you want to delete the student answers from the testing disk. If you choose Y, the scores will be deleted from the test disk. When you are done with one test disk, you will be asked if you have another to load. Repeat the process until all test disks are done. "Tally" When you select this option, you will be presented with a scrolling list of test groups. When you select one, it will prepare a report that shows a tally of the answer distribution for all the test group members (18 chose "a." for question 1, 33 chose "b.", etc). It will also provide test group statistics: average score, median, mode and standard deviation. "Report" When you select this option, you will be presented with a scrolling choice screen, displaying the test groups stored in the master student score database. Make your selection by scrolling the light bar up/down to highlight your choice, then press <ENTER>. Press ESC to abort the process, or prepare the printer and press any other key. "Student" When you select this option, you will be presented with a scrolling list of test groups; if you select one, you will then be presented with a scrolling list of the people in the test group. If you select one, TMS will prepare a printed report on the test performance of the person you selected. "Manual" When you select manual, you will have be able to enter test data manually for the people who did not take tests on the computer. Requires only that you to enter personal information and incorrect answers. Intended to provide you with a method for including manually taken tests in all of your test performance statistics. "Delete" This option produces a scrolling choice screen, displaying the test groups. Make your selection by scrolling the light bar up/down to highlight your choice, then press <ENTER>. You will be prompted to confirm you choice; if you confirm your choice, all the student scores and answers for that test group will be deleted from the master student score database. ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: INFO (TECH) When you select this item, the screen will display the text of some technical information about TMS. It may be interesting if you have some fondness for programming, otherwise it is a monumental bore. ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: UTILITIES The utility services menu contains the following entries: Quit Update Indexes New Numbers Import Export Backup Restore Test Item Key Info "Quit" Selecting "Quit" will take you back to the main menu "Update Indexes" Select "Update Indexes" if you feel that there may be a problem with the indexes - they are the supplementary files which allow quick location of test items. It is unlikey that the indexes will need it often, at the most once a month. If system performance bogs down, or if you get erroneous items on tests - ones that you know were not selected for a test, perform this function. "New Numbers" Select "New Numbers" if there has been a catastrophe and you are not able to get any tests to print out correctly. This function will pro- vide a new set of unique test item identification numbers, but will void any tests previously stored in the test history database. "Import" Select "Import" when you wish to add test items to the test bank that were produced by on another computer using TMS (using the "Export" function, listed below). To use it, place the diskette containing the test items (stored in the data file TRANSPORT.DBF) in the A: drive, and begin. The items will be imported to the test bank, the indexes will be updated, and the test items renumbered with unique item iden- tification numbers (DO NOT USE THE NEW NUMBERS UTILITY WITH THIS - IT IS NOT NECESSARY). "Export" Select "Export" when you wish to select test items to transfer to diskette for subsequent importing to a separate test bank of test items. Before useing this feature, it is important that you have a formatted diskette ready for use. When "Export" is selected, you will be presented with a test item display screen similar to that for the test creation function; you may browse the test bank, mark or un- mark test items, search for specific test items. When you have marked all the test items you wish, select the "Quit" option from the menu, and you will be asked to confirm that you wish to export items. If you do confirm, the items will be loaded on to the diskette in drive A:, in a file called TRANSFER.DBF. The diskette can then be taken to another computer on which TMS is operating, and the test items loaded into the test bank using the "Import" function listed above. "Backup" Select "Backup" when you wish to make a security backup copy of the test bank. I strongly encourage you to do this on a regular basis, preferbly once a week. If anything ever happens to the testbank (a power failure during a save, a "head crash" or any other accident that corrupts the test bank) you can restore test items without having to re-key all the entries. When selected, this function will present you with a listing of the number of diskettes you will need to make the backup; you will need these disks ready before the backup process begins. Place the first diskette in the A: drive, then follow the screen instructions until all test items are copied. Make sure to label the diskettes in the order in which they are used. "Restore" Select "Restore" to reconstruct a testbank that has been corrupted or deleted. Use of this function will void any tests which have been created previous to using the function, so do not use it unless there has been unrecoverable damage to the testbank. When selected, the function will prompt you to insert the diskettes containing the backup test items; it is important to insert the disks in the order in which the test items were backed up (e.g., disk 1 first, disk 2 second, etc.). "Test Items" Select "Test Items" if you wish to print some or all test items which match a certain key value; author, topic or class. When you select this function, you will be offered the opportunity to chose the selection criteria, then prepare the printer. The test items will be printed. "Key Info" Offers you the opportunity to print out selected lists of authors, topics classes, tests, test groups, system files, or data file design structures ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: CONFIGURATION Select "Configuration from the main menu when you wish to select or change the monitor type or whether the printer will be single-sheet or continuous forms. ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: HELP! This item will produce a scrolling screen with general help informa- tion about TMS. Use the up and down cursor keys to scroll the text up and down, and press the escape key (ESC) to exit the help screen. ***** MAIN MENU ITEM: END Select this item to terminate TMS, and return to the DOS command-line prompt. PART II: SUPPORT INFORMATION There is additional information in the file MANUAL.TMS (on the original diskette), and in the file TUTOR.TXT (also on the original diskette). The additional information includes expanded instructions on use, instructions for installation, purchase and registration, and a brief tutorial. If you experience a problem with Test Management System, please write to: Marshall Woolner 6284 Argyle Avenue San Bernardino, CA 92404 ********** END OF ON-LINE HELP FOR TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM **********
TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (TMS) INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS ========================== For Test Management System version 1.08 WARNING! If you have any previous version of TMS already installed, DO NOT FOLLOW these instructions. If you do, it will destroy any test items you already have in the test bank and delete all historical test information. Instead, read the file called WARNING.TXT or README.1ST, both of which will explain the process for updating TMS to a newer version. 1. Make two copies of each TMS diskette; use one set as the working copies (note: TMS is distributed on 2 5.25" or 1 3.5" diskettes) 2. Create a subdirectory for TMS on your hard disk. To make a subdirectory, start on the DOS command line (usually a prompt like C> or C:\) and type in the commands listed under COMMAND, and follow the instructions that are indicated by the < and > symbols. This assumes that C: is your hard disk COMMAND INSTRUCTIONS C: <press the ENTER key - this makes C: the current drive> MD\TESTING <press the ENTER key - this creates the \TESTING sub- <directory> 3. Do NOT add the TMS subdirectory to your DOS PATH statement 4. Copy all the files from the working diskette(s) to the TMS subdirectory COMMAND INSTRUCTIONS C: <press the ENTER key - this makes C: the current drive> CD\TESTING <press the ENTER key - now \TESTING is the current> <subdirectory> <now place the TMS diskette in drive A:> COPY A:\*.* /V <press the ENTER key - all the TMS files will be copied> <and checked that the copy was accurate> <if you have more than one TMS diskette, remove the first> <diskette and replace it with the second, then do the> <next procedure below> COPY A:\*.* /V <and press the ENTER key - all the remaining TMS files> <will be copied and checked for accuracy in copying> 5. To run TMS, change the drive/directory to the one where TMS is installed, and type the letters TMS, and then press the ENTER key. TMS will load in 15 to 60 seconds; to exit TMS, press the E key at the main menu 6. Make sure that your CONFIG.SYS file contains the statement: FILES=16 <for at least 6 available for TMS> This will insure that you will not get a "TOO MANY FILES OPEN" error when preparing the disk-based testing disk. 7. Read the instructions for operation of TMS in the text file MANUAL.TMS contained on the distribution diskette.
TEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TUTORIAL This tutorial refers to Test Management System version 1.08 copyright (c) 1988 Marshall Woolner. All rights reserved This is a simple tutorial to get you acquainted with TMS. If you have not alread installed TMS, do so before you begin the tutorial. The installation procedure is explained in the reference manaul, stored on the distribution disk as the file named MANUAL.TMS; the installation procedure is located in Section 7: INSTALLATION. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY MADE BACKUP COPIES OF TMS, DO SO NOW! If you are viewing this on screen, be sure to print it out so you will have it in hand for viewing while you run the program. Now, for the tutorial: Step one: load TMS load TMS by changing the directory to the directory in which TMS is installed, then typing "TMS" (without the quotes) and pressing the <ENTER> key. TMS will load in 15 seconds to one minute. The opening screen will say "Welcome to Test Manage- ment System" - it will give you a brief status message to show how many test items and tests are stored in TMS. If any of the files necessary to run TMS are missing, a message to that effect will be displayed. TMS will not run unless all the essential files are present, and will terminate with a message to allow you to correct the problem. Step two: using a menu When the main menu is displayed, scroll through the options using the "up" and "down" cursor keys on the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard. If nothing happens, you may need to press the NUM LOCK key once to make the cursor keys functional. Notice as you press the up/down arrows that the magenta highlight bar moves up and down, and that the menu choice in the magenta highlight bar is displayed in bright white. Also, notice that as you scroll the highlight bar up and down, the message that appears in the message area below the menu changes. This message is a simple description of the function invoked by the menu choice.f Move the highlight bar until it is on "Questions", then press the <ENTER> key. After a second, the "Question" menu will appear. In the "Question" menu, move the highlight bar until "Finished" is highlighted, and press <ENTER>. This will return you to the main menu. Now, in the main menu, highlight any choice EXCEPT "Question", and press the 'Q' key. The "Question" menu appears. In the "Question" menu, highlight any choice other than "Finished", and press the 'F' key. You will return to the main menu. This has demonstrated how to use a menu. You have two ways to use the menu; press the first letter of your selection, or move the highlight bar to your selection and press <ENTER>. Step three: adding a question From the main menu, select "Question", and from the "Question" menu, select "Add". The first display will be a scrolling choice screen (in fact, you will see a a total of three of them, in succession). These operate somewhat like the menu; use the cursor up/down keys to move the lightbar up and down to your choice, then press <ENTER>. For now, highlight the choice at the top "Choose no AREA, or leave as is" This will bring up the next scrolling choice menu - choose the same option "Choose no CLASS ...", and the next one also, "Choose not AUTHOR...". We will return to these options in a moment. After the three scrolling choice screens, a test item entry screen will appear. At the top you will see L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6 - these are for each of the six possible stem lines for your question. Type in the following item stem: Sodium nitroprusside, once prepared for intravenous admin- istration, should be replaced with a fresh bottle no later than: Notice that you can type no more than 60 characters on each line, and that there is no word-wrap. Also note that you must use line L1 first, and that there should be no blank lines above any line. When TMS reads your question to print it out, it will stop printing at the first blank line - so if you leave a blank line within the stem of your question, the remaining lines will be ignored. Now, move the cursor down to option a:, and type the following: 4 hours from preparation Then move to b: and type: 8 hours from preparation Then move to c: and type: 16 hours from preparation Then move to d: and type: 24 hours from preparation Note that you have left the lines immediately under a: , b: , c: , and d: blank - this is the right way to enter the options. Use the line under a: only if the a: option requires two lines. If you enter the a: option in the line immediately below a: without entering anything in a: , TMS will not print that option on a test. Now move the cursor down to the Correct: area. Try to move the cursor out of Correct: area. You can't (or at least, I hope you can't). This is a mandatory field - you can't leave it until you enter a letter, A, B, C, D, or E. This is for the correct answer to the item. Press the <ENTER> key or use the cursor up/down key to more to the next area, which is Level:. Enter 1. This is intended for level of difficulty; you can enter only a single number, in the range of 1 to 9. You can use it or leave it blank as you wish. The next areas are Ext. Ref. and Int. Ref., for external reference and internal reference, respectivelyh. Each has a 40-character line, and you can enter anything you like. I use them for infor- mation about the questions; "Ext.Ref" for professional journal or book references, "Int. Ref" for program syllabus or outline information. Press <ENTER> and you move down to the "Is this entry complete (Y/N) ? area. It will only accept Y or N; if you press N, then <ENTER>, you will have another opportunity to edit the item. If you press Y, then <ENTER>, you will see a red bar with S)tore A)bandon R)esume editing [select your choice ..... Press S, then <ENTER>. This will store the question in the testbank. If you pressed A, you would be prompted to confirm your choice to abandon the question. If you pressed R, you would resume editing. After you pressed S and <ENTER>, a black bar appeared which said: Do you want to CONTINUE adding questions (Y/N) ? At this prompt, press N, then <ENTER>. You will return to the "Questions" main menu. If you had pressed Y, you would go through the question adding routine again, starting with the scrolling choice screens for AREA, CLASS and AUTHOR. Step four: making a test At the main menu, select "Test". The first display will be question 1 in the test bank. You will also see a horizontal menu at the bottom of the screen. This works the same as the vertical menus you have already seen, except that you use the right and left cursor keys to move the light bar, and the message appears on the very last line. The menu reads: NEXT BACK GOTO SEARCH MARK UNMARK EDIT QUIT/SAVE Select NEXT to move forward to the next question Select BACK to move backward one question Select GOTO to enter a question number, then jump to it Select SEARCH to set a search path for your questions Select MARK to mark a question for inclusion in the test notice how the "Marked" area is highlighted and the "Total marked" counter is incremented by one Select UNMARK to un-select a question for inclusion in a test notice how the "Marked" area is no longer highlighted, and the "Total marked" counter is decremented by one Don't select EDIT at this time - it is used for editing a question, and follows the same process as adding a question. Now mark a couple of questions, then select QUIT/SAVE. If you had selected no question, you would go immediately back to the main menu. Since you had marked several questions for inclusion in a test, you are asked what you want to do with the test - S)ave it or A)bandon it. Enter S to save the test. You are now presented with an information entry screen. Use it to enter information about the test, which will be used in administer- ing the test. Test Name and Comments are optional, but very help- ful. Test Code is mandatory entry. Make sure that the test code has some meaning to you - it is only eight characters long. When the information is complete and correct, enter Y at the "Is the information as complete as you want? (Y/N)" prompt. You have just created a test. To view it, select the "Print" option at the main menu - you will see a scrolling choice screen with the test you created and three other tests listed - the demo tests. Step five: printing a test From the main menu, select "Print". The first display will be the scrolling choice screen with the tests identified. Select a test. The next screen is for information about the printing of the test. To choose where you want to send the test, select P for printer only, D for disk only, and B for both. P will print the test directly on a printer, D will save the test as an ASCII text file, and B with do both. Also select the T if you want to print only the test, or R if you want to print the test and a reference key verion of the test. When you print the test, you will also get a face sheet with test information on it, an answer sheet suitable for photo copying, and a key template, to overlay an anwer sheet for rapid test scoring of paper and pencil tests. You will, un- fortunately, have to cut out the holes on the correct answers to make the template usable. Once you have selected where to "print" the test and whether you want a reference key version, the next screen will ask for in- formation to be printed with the test; simple header and footer information, date and instructor. Once you have entered this, the test will print. If you selected D or B, the first to be saved is the disk file. After it is saved, there will be a message about renaming the file(s) so you will not overwrite them the next time you save a test to a disk file. Step six: disk-based testing Before you make a disk-based test, you will need one formatted disk for each test disk you want. The test disk you create will contain a program to administer the test, score the test, and save the test. The test disk can be used in any computer that meets the requirements listed under "Remote Computer" in the manual. You can make the disk a system disk (self-booting - see the DOS manual) and add an AUTOEXEC.BAT file with the single command "TESTOR" on it to make the disk self-running. Select "Disk" from the main menu, then select the test you want from the scrolling choice screen. Once you have selected a test, you will be presented with an in- formation entry screen for disk-based testing, including the name/description of the test group (make it whatever you like) and how you want to administer the test. The options are: Auto score - will display the score to the test taker Auto review - will allow the test taker to review the test, with his/her own answers and the correct answers shown. There is no possibility that the test -taker can change his/her answers during the review Auto retest - if the test taker scores below the minimum passing score (which you enter on this screen), will allow one retake. Enter the information as you like, and follow the prompts to create the test disk. You might like to try taking the test yourself. To do so, just exit TMS, make A: the default drive, place the test disk in A: and type "TESTOR", then press <ENTER>. The TESTOR program has help screens and is almost fool-proof. To see how each of the options (above) work, when you are in TMS select Y for each of them - then you will see your score displayed, review, and re- test if your score is lower than the minimum passing score. Step eight: experiment Try TMS out - experiment. By this time, you have a pretty good feel for how it works. Good Luck!
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ AUTODISK BAT 987 2-10-90 12:00p AUTOEXEC BAT 381 2-10-90 12:00p CNF_TEST DBF 438 2-10-90 12:00p CNF_TMS DBF 314 2-10-90 12:00p CONFIG SYS 21 2-10-90 12:00p FILE1890 TXT 3553 3-20-90 2:40p GO BAT 38 1-01-80 1:37a GO TXT 771 3-20-90 2:37p GROUPDEX NTX 2048 2-10-90 12:00p HELPONE TXT 33406 2-10-90 12:00p INSTALL TXT 2968 2-10-90 12:00p MANUAL TMS 98762 2-10-90 12:00p QNUM NTX 2048 2-10-90 12:00p README 1ST 1989 2-10-90 12:00p SCORES DBF 7155 2-10-90 12:00p STUD_ANS DBF 4259 2-10-90 12:00p SYSFILES DBF 1211 2-10-90 12:00p TESTBANK DBF 12121 2-10-90 12:00p TESTFILE REF 7656 2-10-90 12:00p TESTHIST DBF 6498 2-10-90 12:00p TESTOR EXE 148180 2-10-90 12:00p TEST_SET DBF 643 2-10-90 12:00p TUTOR TXT 14025 2-10-90 12:00p 23 file(s) 349472 bytes 3072 bytes free