Question mark Unveils Perception for Windows (Version 3)

Testing and Assessment Leader Enhances Product Usability and Scalability

Joan Phaup
Tel: 800-642-3950

STAMFORD, CT- February 5, 2002 -- Leading testing and assessment software provider Question mark has released Version 3 of Question mark™ Perception™ for Windows, a major upgrade incorporating hundreds of changes designed to make the product easier to use and deploy. Non-programmers can now create and import questions or assessments, publish for Windows delivery, and report on results from a single application.

Topic-based prescriptive feedback, six additional question wizards, topic-based pass/fail prerequisites, pre-packaged item banks and assessments, question meta-tags, and more powerful reports head the list of new features.

"Our customers have responded very positively to the enhancement we introduced in our web-based version of Perception, and now Perception for Windows offers the same advantages to customers who prefer to work with individual PCs or LANs," commented Question mark President Eric Shepherd.

New question wizards include drag and drop, matching, Likert scale questions that ask respondents to strongly agree through to strongly disagree; ranking, true/false, yes/no, and select-a-blank questions, plus Macromedia Flash questions that easily incorporate dynamic stimuli.

Assessment packages called QPacks make it possible to put an assessment, its questions, templates, and graphics, into a single, compressed file. Another Perception user can then import the archive file, which is ideal for publishers who want to create and sell material in Perception format.

Authors can now use meta-tags to identify and select questions according to their level of difficulty, approval status, and other distinguishing features. They can then create item banks by using the tags to sort large numbers of questions.

Topic-based scoring enables administrators to pinpoint participants' knowledge about specific subjects. It is possible to set a prerequisite score for specific topics and define what happens when participants either achieve or fall below that score. Different score ranges can be assigned by topic, and it is possible to provide prescriptive feedback for certain kind of assessments. Topic scores and outcomes can be shared with participants, displayed in statistical reports, and passed to other applications. Other features include MathML support, comment boxes, question-by-question delivery, improved reporting and analysis.

Perception for Windows version 3 has five families of reports to aid the analysis of assessments quickly and easily. Users can create and modify report templates to present just the information they need. Survey reports for Level 1 assessments, coaching reports, question statistic reports, score list reports, and assessment overview reports have all been enhanced.

About Question mark: 
Question mark has been producing testing and assessment software since 1988. Perception allows people to create question files without programming experience. Users can categorize their question banks into topics and sub-topics from which to assemble tests and surveys. They can shuffle questions and answers for each participant and preview assessments to see how they will appear post-deployment. They can present questions with videos, graphics and a wide variety of styles. Participants receive feedback as specified by the author. Answers are saved to an encrypted file for scoring and analysis in a variety of report formats.

Businesses, governments, schools, colleges, and universities in more than 50 countries use Question mark software. Question mark has more than 1,200 customers using Perception, with approximately 9,000 authoring systems installed, and systems shipped have been configured with approximately 3,000,000 participants. Typical applications include exams, quizzes, study aids, diagnostic tests, pre-course skills assessments, and course evaluations. Question mark is actively involved with the IMS Global Learning Consortium and supports open standards. Visit for more information.

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