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Document Based Questions are standard fare on most high stakes tests that students takes. Research has shown that students do better on these types of questions when they have frequent exposure to them. ExamView Assessment Suite has an easy way of creating DBQ’s. Some teachers have use the insert picture feature to create DBQ’s, but the problem with this method is that if there is more than one question that goes with the document (picture, graph, reading passage, etc), the questions after the first one are not linked to the document. When a teacher makes multiple versions of a test, the following questions are scrambled to different locations on the test and are not with the needed document. There is an easy solution and a better way to create DBQ’s: Using the ExamView Narrative Feature. The Narrative is the Document (Picture, Graph, Chart, Reading Passage, etc.) The following steps outline the use of a narrative to create DBQ’s. Figure 1 1. Create a Narrative: a. Open or Create the Test in which you want the DBQ. Go to Question and then down to the last selection, Narrative. (See fig. 1)
b. Click on Narrative and then on New. In the dialogue box you can type in a reading passage, you can copy and paste in the dialogue box, or you can insert a picture, graph, chart, etc. using the insert feature under the insert heading. (See Fig. 2)
Figure 3 c. (Caution: When inserting a picture, the default file type for examview. Most pictures are saved on a computer as JPEG files. Simply change the file type to JPEG when searching for the picture. (Figure 3) d. Give the Narrative a name and record it and click done. You have just created a Narrative. (See Figure 2) 2. Attaching Questions to A Narrative Once the narrative has been created, the second and last step is to assign the appropriate questions to the narrative. a. While in the test, double click a question you want associated with the narrative. b. With the edit box open, go down the the bottom right corner and click on the arrow next to Narrative and chose the narrative you created. (Figure 4) and click record. c. A and B until you have all of the questions you want linked to the narrative. You will note that the narrative only appears once, but the questions associated with the narrative are lilnked together.