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January 2019 – Surpass Pre-Release Webinar

Join Tim and Holly as they share tips and offer live demonstrations of upcoming features that will allow you to further streamline your workflow and continue to get the best from your team.

In true Surpass Community style, questions were asked by the audience via the interactive question form, and these were answered live during the broadcast.
Highlights of this webinar include:

  • Enhancements to ‘Tasks’
  • Track Changes in Review Tasks
  • Enhancements to Item Search
  • Inline Commenting
  • Enhancements to ‘Hotspot’, ‘Extended Matching’ and ‘Voice Capture’ Question Types.

For a more detailed introduction to the Tasks functionality in Surpass, we recommend also watching this presentation by Ibi Layi-Ojo of Prometric, filmed at last year’s Surpass Conference:
https://conference.surpass.com/past-events/2018-conference

If you have any questions about the features mentioned in this webinar, or any other features with in Surpass, please get in touch with your account manager. If you are not yet a member of the Surpass Community, you can contact us using the form at https://www.btl.com/contact-btl


December 2018 – Surpass Community Webinar with telc Language Tests.

If you missed the fascinating training workshop with telc at Surpass Conference 2018, you’ll be glad to hear they agreed to co-host this Surpass Community Webinar.
Captured live at their offices in Frankfurt, Germany, we talk about their journey into e-assessment so far, and how moving from paper to on-screen has allowed them to truly innovate. Using the tools in Surpass, they have creatively updated traditional questions to make a ‘fun’ test that is both more in tune with their candidates regular ways of working,

but most importantly, has the psychometrics to back up it’s equivalence and sit alongside their heritage as language testing experts.
Questions from the audience were also answered live.
If you have any questions about the features mentioned in this webinar, or any other features with in Surpass, please get in touch with your account manager. If you are not yet a member of the Surpass Community, you can contact us using the form at https://www.btl.com/contact-btl


October 2018 – Surpass Pre-Release Webinar – New features coming October 2018

In this webinar, Ben Brady and Georgie Page discuss some of the new features coming in the latest release of Surpass.
Highlights include:
A new Likert survey item type, and enhancements to the Multiple Choice survey item; an ‘Advanced’ mode in the Short Answer question type; the ability to move items between subjects; enhancements to the Bulk Schedule functionality to allow scheduling across multiple centres and for key-codes to be returned in a .csv file; and enhancements to the Media Library.

If you have any questions about these features, or any other features with in Surpass, please get in touch with your account manager. If you are not yet a member of the Surpass Community, you can contact us using the form at https://www.btl.com/contact-btl


August 2018 – Surpass Pre-Release Webinar – New features coming August 2018

In this Surpass Pre-Release webinar, Ben Brady and Tom Wardak demonstrate some of the new features coming to Surpass in the latest release, expected late August 2018.

Highlights include:
Updates to the task management tool, including the new item information panel and ‘Final Decision’ for review tasks, PDF grouping and bookmarking, and the introduction of the on-screen caliper tool.

If you have any questions about these features, or any other features with in Surpass, please get in touch with your account manager. If you are not yet a member of the Surpass Community, you can contact us using the form at https://www.btl.com/contact-btl


July 2018 – Accessibility in Assessment (including achieving Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Level AA conformance in Surpass assessments)

Join the BTL team as we discuss the role we can all play in providing an accessible experience for candidates in assessment.

Leon Hampson & Isabel Holdsworth, from BTL’s Accessibility team, focus on how new features in our HTML Test Driver can deliver assessments to WCAG 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 conformance levels.

We look at some of the work that Leon, Isabel, and the team have been doing both for 508 and WCAG conformance, as well as their role in our Research and Development projects for improving the assessment experience for everybody.

Finally, proving that assessment content has an important part to play, Gillian Whitehouse, from AlphaPlus Consultancy, talks about best practice in question writing with examples on a recent adaptive national testing project.
If you have any questions about these features, or any other features with in Surpass, please get in touch with your account manager. If you are not yet a member of the Surpass Community, you can contact us using the form at https://www.btl.com/contact-btl


May 2018 – Surpass Pre-Release Webinar

In this webinar, Tim Burnett and Jack Hobson explore some of the new features coming to Surpass in the next release. Highlights include:

  • The updated Quality Review Panel
  • Improvements to the candidate experience
  • Enhanced HTML source materials

If you have any questions about these features, or any other features with in Surpass, please get in touch with your account manager. If you are not yet a member of the Surpass Community, you can contact us using the form at https://www.btl.com/contact-btl



April 2018: Surpass Community Assessment Case Study – TWI

Join us for a special case study brought to you live from the offices of TWI.
Over the course of 30 minutes, Maurice Whittaker and Abi Lowther shared how TWI have invested in summative assessment on an international scale, improving logistics and maximising test security. They also talk about the importance of a cultural fit when choosing an assessment company to work with, and the value of integration between Surpass and their other administration systems.


March 2018: Surpass & GDPR, a Surpass Community Update

As part of our commitment to meeting the requirements of GDPR, we have held client workshops to answer questions Surpass users may have about our service in relation to GDPR and associated security requirements. In this webinar, we will be providing a summary of those meetings, and giving those that could not attend an opportunity to find out more information.

Joining the webinar will be Kathryn Myers from our legal team and Clare Stubley, IT Security Manager at BTL. We will take you through this important topic by looking at data handling, storage, retention and deletion.

In addition to the information available in this webinar, we have created a ‘GDPR FAQ’ document, which is available to all organisations using Surpass. If you have not received this document from your account manager, or you are not using Surpass but would like to know more, please get in touch using the form on our contact page.


February 2018: Surpass Pre-Release Webinar

Features covered in this webinar:

  • The new ‘Task Management’ tab, which will allow you to create and assign authoring tasks.
  • Enhanced answer option sorting for MCQ & MRQ question types.
  • Version compare for items.
  • Minimal response settings for MRQ questions.
  • Secure File Attach for Bring-Your-Own-Device.
  • Pooled Test Times for multi-section exams.
  • Item content locks.
  • Section Review Panels for candidates in test.

We also introduce Item Response Theory (IRT) Scoring, a new way to grade candidates based on IRT values. Tom Gomersall, one of our psychometric specialists, will lead us into this section.


During the broadcast, two questions were asked and required clarification from members of the Surpass team directly involved in their development. We are happy to share these clarification points here:

Question 1: “Does the Secure File Attach work with the advanced option as well?”.

Brigitte has since clarified the following:

“Secure File Attach does not currently work with Advanced File Attach, but in the future the advanced functionality will be incorporated into the standard File Attach.”

Question 2: “Can you add a scheduled break in between two sections that share a timed pool?”.

After seeking clarification with the Product Owner for that feature, they offered the following response:

“If you create a test with a scheduled break in the middle of two pooled sections; when you finish the first section you go into the break, then when you enter the second section you have all the remaining time of the pool left.”



January 2018: The BTL Test Centre Network Webinar

Join members of our Test Centre Network team as we discuss how BTL supports assessment for the Surpass Community and how independent centres can join this global operation.

Addressing questions commonly asked by potential users and the test centres themselves, this webinar tells you everything you need to know. We also talk to Mike Cunningham, who delivers examinations for the Surpass Community as an independent organisation that has joined the BTL Test Centre Network.


2017 Assessment Conference and Industry Round-up

Join Tim Burnett and several guests to talk about the past year in assessment. In this webinar we will look at the various events attended through the year as well as some of the great new features added to Surpass: The Assessment Platform, and introduce how the system has been used by some new members of the Surpass Community.


December 2017: Surpass Pre-Release Webinar

Join members of the BTL team as we take you through some of the exciting new features that will be available in the upcoming release of Surpass.
Highlights include an explanation of “Candidate Review in Forward Only Navigation”, enhancements to the item duplication feature, improvements to the “User Audit Log” in site administration, and further integration enhancements via updates to the Surpass API.


November 2017: Linear Optimisation in Surpass: The Assessment Platform – Webinar

Linear Optimisation in Surpass can assist your organisation and its psychometricians to create the best possible test forms in a fraction of the usual time.
In this webinar, Tim Burnett is joined by one of BTL’s senior developers, Tom Gomersall, to explain in a little more detail how Linear Optimisation already benefits the wider testing industry, and we look at the new Linear On-the-Fly Testing (LOFT) functionality which has been introduced in the latest update to Surpass.


September 2017: Surpass Pre-release Webinar

Tim Burnett and Tim Shea discuss new features added to Surpass in the September 2017 release. Highlights include improvements to the candidate experience, exploring marked learning outcome options, and a range of new User and Workflow Management features.


July 2017: Exploring the benefits of Scrum development for the Surpass Community

Surpass: The Assessment Platform is an integral part of the businesses it is used by. Development needs to be rapid and of the highest quality, because of this BTL decided to commit to the Agile methodology ‘Scrum’ over 3 years ago.
Join us for a fascinating exploration of how Agile has enabled the Surpass Community to shine in the world of assessment.


June 2017: Introduction to the simplified Item Authoring interface in Surpass: The Assessment Platform

In this webinar, join Richard London (Head of Design) and Sam Thompson (Documentation & Training Manager), who will demonstrate how we have been able to evolve the user interface in Surpass. We’ve done this by taking into account the changing needs of existing users and making use of well-researched user interface design techniques.


June 2017: EPA Webinar 2/2 – Surpass and attaching files within assessments

Within Surpass, we have a number of features which enable candidates and centres to submit various common file types as part of an open book assessment or a computer-based project.
Within this webinar we look at:
An introduction to computer-based projects
An introduction to the File Attach Question Type
How to create and manage File Attach Questions
Setting up and marking computer-based projects


May 2017: EPA Webinar Part 1/2 – Creating and managing rich and engaging content with Surpass

End-Point Assessments have been introduced to enhance the quality and validity of apprenticeship training. With knowledge-based testing being a fundamental part of that process, it is important that AAOs have access to professional assessment tools.
During this EPA webinar, we will take you through the features within Surpass that let you build and share rich, professional assessment content.