A Passage is a feature that you can insert into your Advanced Assessment items. Features are like the "extras" you can add to your items. For more information on questions vs features, click here.
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This feature allows you to embed a passage to be used in conjunction with another question type.
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How to Add a Passage to Your Advanced Assessment
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: Rather than adding a passage to an empty item, we recommend building the question first, then adding the passage. If you haven't built the question yet, that's ok too, you can just add it later.
➡️ The example below shows how to add a passage to an item that contains a multiple-choice question. A passage can be added to any item at any time.
Step 1: Add the Feature
Step 2: Add Passage Content
➡️ Formatting Options
See an example of paginated content below:
💡 Tip from the Otus Team
We recommend hitting the Save button periodically, especially while building passages with long content. This will ensure you don't lose any work as you continue building.
Step 3: Layout Adjustments
➡️ Two-Column (passage and questions side by side)
If you want to have your passage next to the questions it corresponds to, follow the directions below:
For more information on other layout options, check out this article.
➡️ Move Within the Item
Can Otus read the passage aloud for students? Yes, there are two ways this can be done. You can enable TextHelpSpeechstream, which has a read aloud tool. The other way is to record yourself (or use previously recorded audio) reading the passage, and embed the recording directly into the item with the passage.
Can students highlight, underline, or use any other markup tools on a passage? Yes, there are two ways this can be done. You can enable TextHelpSpeechstream, which has a highlighting tool. The other option is to enable the Annotations option, which has a highlighter and a drawing tool.
What if my passage is a PDF, and I can't copy/paste or type it out? We recommend taking screenshots of the PDF and adding the screenshots into the passage. Use the Image button on the Rich Text toolbar to add images to your passage. See Step 2 for more details on how to use the Rich Text toolbar.
Can I use the passage in multiple items? Yes. You can duplicate an item that currently has the passage. This will allow you to build additional items with the same passage.
Below is a video from our Otus Live series on how to add a passage or calculator feature to your advanced assessments.