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All tests you create will be available immediately for you to show to a class. IMPORTANT. For students to use the test individually, you'll need to add it to a custom lesson.

By the end of 2018 we hope to have at least four test types and 17 question types, but at the time of writing (12th November 2018) we have three test types.

The fourth type, similar to the standard non-random tests you see everywhere in Focus on Sound should be available by December or early next year.

Here are the three types available now (12th November 2018)

Test type 1 - random identification

This type uses the list of around 1000 Focus on Sound instruments and terms for random identification tests.

This is how you'd set up a simple test requiring users to identify rock instruments.

  1. Choose a name for the test
  2. Choose test type - in early October this is just a choice of two - choose random identification test
  3. Choose the word or term to appear after 'Identify the '
  4. Choose instruments or terms from our list of over 1000 items to identify. The test needs a minimum of four items. The more the better. You can delete any you decide not to use. There will eventually be a search box here.

After you publish the test it will appear in your My Tests index via the Tests tab in Focus on Sound. You can show it to a class from there, probably using the Class presentation mode. For students to use it individually you'll need to add the test to a lesson.

Here's what this particular test looks like:


Here's question 1 in the random test. All the random question types are handled by Focus on Sound. There are 20 random questions, which work exactly the same way as the random tests in the main Focus on Sound tests section. So there will be some multi picture tests, some quiz questions, some with just a sound, some with just a picture, some with both sound and picture.


Test type 2 - 'Vertical' Timed Tests

These tests are based on a single piece of music that you upload, as in the existing test below (in class demonstration mode). The question numbers appear along the audio bar when the music reaches that point. You can also set non-timed questions which appear at the end of the test. The user can of course listen several times.

There are only two types of question for now:

  • Multiple choice text
  • Typed single term answer

The screenshot below shows the 'class demonstration mode' version.


Here's what the editing screen for this type of test looks like:

  1. Enter the title of the test
  2. Choose the difficulty level
  3. Write introductory text for the test
  4. Upload the audio file, which must be in .mp3 format and not more than 2 megabytes in size - we advise using audio editing tools to ensure the bitrate is no higher than 128 kbps. A typical length might be around 45 seconds.
  5. Choose the question type for the first question. Currently there are two question types: multiple choice and text typing
  6. For both types, you first need to type the question
  7. Then type the answer. In wide screens this item might appear underneath no. 6
  8. In multiple choice tests, you need to decide whether you are going to show all the possible answers to the class in Class demonstration mode. For instance, if the class has to choose between four chords at a particular point in the audio, you could decide not to show various possibilities and just ask the class to write down or say the answer without any help.
  9. Type in the position in the audio in seconds that the question relates to. If the question doesn't relate to a particular time point, then click in the tick box below. Non timed questions appear at the end of the test.
  10. Type the distractors (usually three, though you can have as few as one, in a True/False type question for instance). Distractors are wrong answers, that appear in a similar manner to the correct answer. The user has to choose between all the possible answers (usually four including the correct answer).

Typing questions work in a slightly different way. You provide the question and answer in the same way as before, but this time you have the opportunity to allow alternative answers. So if the answer in a question asking the name of chord requires the answer 'F', you can allow 'F major' (see no. 1 in the picture below) and maybe 'Fmajor'. You can also allow for any number of incorrect spellings (up to you). Item 2 below shows how you would add one of these. So you could allow 'F majer' for instance. The feedback to the user in the test will inform the user that the spelling is wrong, but that the answer will be allowed. The corrected version will also be shown.


Obviously if you are using Class demonstration mode for the tests, the students won't type the answer. They'll write it down or say the answer on request.

Test type 3 Discussion/writing tests

These tests are like the discussion tests found everywhere in Focus on Sound. For examples, go to the Tests tab -> Test Index and search for the word 'Discussion'.

There are currently four question types:

  • Discuss a single recording
  • Compare two recordings
  • Discuss a YouTube video
  • Compare two YouTube videos

Here's an example of a comparison question:


The editing screens are straightforward. First choose the type of question:


In the next section you simply upload one or two recordings, or add links to YouTube videos. Then you type the question as well as an optional suggested answer. The student only sees the suggested answer when they upload their final version.

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Then add other questions if you want. Finally, click the 'Publish Test' button.

To see and mark/grade the student answers, go to the 'View Class Results' button after selecting the published test (see below).


There's more information on marking written questions here.