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To access the Project Writing Summary page:

Select the Develop Questions → Write item → Summary menu. The Project Writing Summary page is displayed.

Here you are able to view the Write Questions and Draft/Returned Questions sections.

The Write Questions tab displays a summary of the items you have been assigned. Items are written to specific Blueprint areas.

What are Blueprint Areas?


The Examination Blueprint defines the body of knowledge that makes up the content of the examination. In employment settings, this document defines the work activities (tasks) and knowledge or skills required for competent job performance. Each item must be assigned to one area of the Blueprint. For more information see Create the Blueprint.


The project can also be configured to allow items to be written without picking an appropriate Blueprint area. The items then appear under an ‘Unclassified’ Blueprint entry.

The Write Questions tab includes the following features:




The Write icon indicates that you are authorized to write items for the corresponding Blueprint area. Click this icon to open the Write Question page with the Blueprint preselected.

Exam Blueprint

The portion of the exam Blueprint that the items must address.


The number of items you have been assigned to write.


The number of items you have yet to write.

Due DateThe date by which the assignment must be completed. This is in MM/DD/YYYY format.


For Unclassified Items


On the Manage Setting ConfigurationQuestions Tab:

  1. If Restrict users to only write assigned Questions and Require writer to classify Questions to level are disabled, then the user does not see a Write Question link on the Develop Questions → Write Item → Project Writing Summary page.
  2. If only Restrict users to only write assigned Questions is enabled and Require writer to classify Questions to level is disabled, then the user sees the Write Question link on Develop Questions → Write Item → Project Writing Summary page. However, the user is not able to submit an item.


The Draft/Returned Questions tab also displays the number of items in the Draft and Returned states in the parentheses after its name text. This tab includes the following features:


Click the Delete button to delete the Draft item.

Returned items cannot be deleted and the Returned questions cannot be deleted icon is displayed in place of the Delete button. When a Returned item is opened for editing and saved as a Draft, it is placed in the Draft state. Such Returned items in a Draft state also cannot be deleted and the Returned questions cannot be deleted icon is displayed.

WriteClick the Edit icon to modify the Draft/Returned item.
QuestionThe Question Stem of the Draft/Returned item is displayed here. The text is hyperlinked. Click the hyperlink to open the item.
Last ModifiedThe date when the item was last modified.
StateThe current state of the item.

The text of the Draft/Returned Questions tab on the Project Writing Summary page may appear using words other than "returned", depending on the text provided in the Return State Text setting of the Item Bank's configuration.

Prior to the 1809 version, the default text was Reject. If you are working with items within an Item Bank that was created prior to the 1809 release, the text is named Reject unless you named it something else.


The Submitted Question(s) tab of the Project Writing Summary page shows all the items written by the user, currently in Review/Validate/Completed State(s) in the project.


The Submitted Question(s) tab is visible only if the Show submitted question to writer setting is selected on the Questions tab of the project's configuration settings. When the setting is not selected, clicking on any of the numbered hyperlinks under the Submitted column takes you to the Draft/Returned Questions tab of the Project Writing Summary page as the Submitted Question(s) tab are hidden. This tab is always available to a Project Manager regardless of the state of the setting.

To write items for a project:

  1. If you want to write to a specific Blueprint area that you have been assigned, click the Edit button  corresponding to the desired Blueprint area.
    The Write Questions page appears.
  2. This page is used for writing items and is divided into two sections.
    • The top portion is where you select the item type and write the item and answer options. Below those boxes, you see the "Show options in random order on exam" check box that can be disabled for one item (and not for another).
    • In the bottom part of the page, you enter information about the item such as the Blueprint levels, Metadata, references, and comments.
  3. If you want to write an unclassified item, click the link Write Questions tab above the Blueprint table or on the Edit  button of Unclassified Exam Blueprint


    In order to assign "Write Questions" access for unclassified Blueprint, the Project Manager must allow the users to write unclassified items by selecting the option "Allow Questions without a Blueprint assignment" from the project Configuration of Questions page.

    The Write Question page includes the following tabs at the bottom:




    Allows you to specify Blueprint levels of the item, such as the topic for which the user will be writing the item.


    Allows you to specify the source material as the reference for the item. This can be a Book, Journal article, website URL, or a Math Equation.


    Allows you to add comments for yourself or other users who will view the item.


    Allows you to group items by subject matter area, add new contents if your project allows it, and to categorize the metadata to items and assets, individually or together.

    Split Screen ExhibitsAllows you to add and configure Split Screen Exhibits.
    Popup ExhibitsAllows you to add and configure Popup Exhibits.
    Advanced PropertiesAllows you to specify the title for the Exhibits window or other items requiring a title in QTI.

  4. After you finish all the above steps, you can:
    • Check spelling mistakes by clicking the Check Spelling link.
    • Select an available user from the Submit on Behalf of drop-down control if you want that user to show as the author of the item.
    • Reset the data entered in the item by clicking the Revert Changes button. This doesn't affect data entered in CommentsMetadataPopup Exhibits, and Split Screen Exhibits tabs.
    • Add a different item to the cases by clicking the Add Question to Case button.
    • Save item as a Draft with the current changes and remain on the Write Question page to edit it further by clicking the Save button.
    • Submit the item as a Draft to make pending modifications later by clicking the Save and Exit button.
    • Submit item by clicking the Submit button, then click Submit again in the Confirm Submit pop-up that appears.

Rich Text Editor:

This tool allows you to help in formatting the Question Stem and Answer Options. This can help insert assets and mathematical formulas.

See sections Rich Text Editor Functions and Insert and Format Tables for details on working with the Rich Text Editor.

The Math Editor:

To add any mathematical formulas, click  Math editor button, the pop-up opens as shown below.

Insert formulas by clicking the buttons, and click the OK button or click Cancel to discard.

See the Work with Equation Editor topic for details on working with the Equation Editor.



Clients who have licensed Design Science's Math Equation editor see the interface shown below.

Insert formulas by clicking the buttons on the toolbar, and click the Save MML button or click Cancel to discard the changes.

Spell Checker:

This function allows you to check for spelling errors in the text.

To check for errors in the text, select the Tools → Check Spellings menu. A pop-up window opens, as shown below.

Use this tool to correct spelling, replace one word with another by clicking the Replace button, or add a new word to the dictionary by clicking the Learn button.


For more information see Set up a Dictionary for your Project.


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