June 5, 2021
by D. P. Story
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The eq-pin2corr package: PIN security on Begin Quiz and tracking retakes of a quiz

In this article, several enhancements of the eq-pin2corr package are instructed and illustrated. PIN security can now be placed on the Begin Quiz control. If a student needs to retake a quiz, he must get a proctor of the quiz to enter a PIN number. Also, the document author can optionally include a text field that holds the number of times the student retakes a quiz. Finally, you can set the maximum number of times a student is allowed to retake the same quiz. Continue Reading →

June 5, 2021
by D. P. Story
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eq-pin2corr: PIN security with warning and freezing

The eq-pin2corr package provides a mechanism for the document author to deny a student from correcting his or her own quiz by placing a password on the functionality of the Correct button. When the student presses the End Quiz control, normally a Score Field or Points Field provides feedback on how well the student performed; the eq-pin2corr package provides an option for denying the student even this information. Continue Reading →

May 11, 2021
by D. P. Story
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exerquiz: Setting the passing level in a short-quiz

The short-quiz (the shortquiz environment) was originally created as a self-learning device, wherein the student reads some content (mathematics, for example), solves some exercises (the exercise environment), then takes a short quiz to reinforce and to assess their newly absorbed information.

For many years, exerquiz has provided \sqTallyBox and \sqTallyTotal commands that keep track of incorrect responses. As a way to motivate the student more, this article introduces the notion of setting weak and strong passing levels. These levels are set through the optional argument of \sqTallyTotal.  Continue Reading →

April 25, 2021
by D. P. Story
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The exerquiz package: The userbmintrvl option

This article is motivated by an AcroTeX user (Thor G). He wants to ask his students to make a series of calculations, the result of which is to be entered into a \RespBoxMath input box. He is willing to accept the response as correct if the response falls into a designated interval [a,b].

The userbmintrvl option of exerquiz includes the definition of the command \rbmIntrvl, which is discussed in this article, is the implementation of this feature request by Thor G.

This feature requires exerquiz, dated 2021/04/24 or later. This article uses the dljslib package, dated 2021/04/04 or later.

Read more: rbmintrvl.pdf

Full functionality is obtained by downloading the file to your computer and opening in Adobe Reader. The article uses the useDeNums and useEnNums options of the dljslib.

April 16, 2021
by D. P. Story
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The dljslib package: English number format

This article discusses and documents the option,  useEnNums, for the dljlib package  designed to work with numbers in the English format. For English (U.K., U.S.A.) and many other countries the period(.) is used for the decimal  mark (separator).

Review the demonstration file: en-fmt.pdf. The source file for this PDF is attached to the PDF; Adobe Acrobat or Reader is needed to detached it.

Related article: German number format

April 16, 2021
by D. P. Story
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The dljslib package: German number format

This article discusses and documents the option,  useDeNums, for the dljlib package  designed to work with numbers in the German format. For Germans and many other countries the comma (,) is used for the decimal  mark (separator).

Review the demonstration file: de-fmt.pdf. The source file for this PDF is attached to the PDF; Adobe Acrobat or Reader is needed to detached it.

A related article: English number format

February 27, 2021
by D. P. Story
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eqexam: A Matching-type Problem

With a little effort, a problem* environment can be exploited to create a matching-type problem. The eqe_matching.pdf is an exam created from the exam environment of the eqexam package; the exam has one matching-type question. A second demonstration file named eqe_matching-rt.pdf has the same question but the entries in the columns are randomized.  The markup of these files requires the eqexam package dated 2021/02/26 or later. The matching-type question is completely compatible with the eqexam system, such questions respond correctly to all of eqexam options.

February 16, 2021
by D. P. Story
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Exerquiz: Matching-type questions

A variation on a text fill-in question is a type of question based on
matching the question to the answer. The author poses a series of questions with a fill-in text field (perhaps created by \RespBoxTxt). As a companion to this series of text fill-in questions is a list of possible of answers. The student answers a question by entering a letter corresponding to the perceived correct answer. The quizzes in the PDF link below illustrate this concept.

Continue reading qz-matching.pdf in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, outside of a browser.

Please review the companion article qz-matching-rt.pdf in which the
questions and choices are randomized.