Surpass Platform

Surpass is a market-leading, end-to-end technology solution for high-stakes computer-based and paper-based testing. Surpass is used for secure item authoring and banking, test assembly, delivery, scoring and psychometric reporting.

Gain control over item development

Item authoring has never been easier. Surpass easily streamlines processes regardless of the size of the Subject Matter Expert (SME) team.

Intelligent Task Management
Surpass enables proactive production, rather than reactive, giving detailed information to plan and monitor item production progress.

Configurable Workflow
Surpass can be tailored to support a team’s workflow, with assignable roles and different levels of permissions for access to items. This gives you secure control of the whole process.

Easy Item Import and Export
Surpass supports multiple approaches to adding and sharing items, including industry standard CSV, QTI and API methods.

Create innovative assessments

Stay ahead of the competition. Surpass provides an impressive range of cutting edge item authoring options, which are all intuitive to set up and deliver.

Advanced Item Types
A range of advanced items come as standard within Surpass, such as the spreadsheet question type. You can also add tools to your items such as the Diagram Creator, which allows candidates to present their answers visually.

Clean and focused content presentation
Surpass provides a flexible approach to content presentation, including options to alter layouts and group multiple questions on one scrollable page.

Media-rich content including images and videos
Use Surpass to significantly extend testing capabilities to support the inclusion of rich audio and visual media, including our award-winning High-Fidelity Image Viewer.

Measure performance benefits

Professional item development doesn’t have to be expensive. Surpass comes complete with tools and features to reduce production costs and measure test effectiveness, ensuring the best possible return on investment.

LOFT and adaptive delivery
Surpass supports modern approaches to test delivery, including linear-on-the-fly (LOFT) and adaptive testing.

Optimized form generation
The Surpass Linear Optimizer enhances LOFT test form assembly, ensuring all items are used equally in tests.

Data analytics and reporting
Surpass provides a range of reports and item statistics to ensure all tests are reliable, fair and cost-effective.

Assemble tests with confidence

Trusted by the world’s most respected and regulated test publishers, Surpass provides the tools to quickly and efficiently build and validate tests ready for delivery across multiple channels.

Built on blueprint specifications
Surpass provides the tools to generate tests with the requirements of the job task analysis.

Configurable metadata
With a comprehensive range of metadata types and options for filtering and updating a large number of items, Surpass enables assembly for a data-rich item bank structure.

Multiple language support
Multilingual support in Surpass allows problem-free authoring and delivery of assessments for national or international assessment programs.

Retain security of the exam

High-stakes exams require robust security and proctoring for validity. Surpass offers a range of secure delivery methods to accommodate different environments and scenarios.

Continue testing, even without a stable internet connection
With robust offline delivery options, Surpass helps to overcome the instabilities of internet connectivity regardless of the testing location.

Secure lock-down environment
Protect your items and block access to blacklisted third-party applications by locking down delivery with encryption and additional security features.

A variety of on-screen testing capabilities
Make the most of every testing opportunity by creating items once and delivering them using a variety of methods, such as on computers, tablets, and on paper.

Psychometric scoring and reporting

Whether your organization relies on managing human scoring or uses automatic computer grading, smart scoring tools in Surpass allow for a range of options. You can manage candidates’ results in Surpass, including the production of thorough score reports.

Statistics to monitor validity
Surpass provides raw data, plus a range of automated reports at the click of a button, essential for ensuring the validity of any assessment program.

Automatically award scores to candidates
Surpass supports the scoring of candidate responses via automatic computer-based grading or tools for the on-screen grading of open responses.

Detailed feedback and reporting
You can choose to provide a range of feedback types, either as candidate feedback or within comprehensive assessment reports.

Integrate with ease

Modern API (Application Program Interface) integration is central to every professional IT solution, and the extensive range of API resources in Surpass improve data synchronization and significantly reduces the risk of human error.

Accommodate for one master system
Surpass features a range of modern integration methods, connecting assessment tools to multiple services and data sources as part of a business-wide system.

Reduce manual input with bulk migration
Many customers migrate their data to Surpass using the range of purpose-built tools and services in the system, making this task efficient and accurate.

Extract important results and item data
Surpass provides a range of data analysis tools, with additional API options to connect to other third-party services.

What Our Clients Say

“BTL is very responsive to inquiries and always willing to discuss alternatives and possible solutions to ensure each Client is provided the necessary features to drive a satisfactory Candidate experience. ”


“When we saw Surpass we were really excited about it! It was a fully web-based solution. It didn’t require that users install anything on their machines, so that made it much easier to use and all the features were designed to be intuitive. Without any formal training, an item author could go in and start using Surpass to create items. That was really a key reason why we selected BTL. ”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

“BTL are flexible and sensitive to end user needs; they have developed a unique assessment tool in the Advanced Question Type, combining the functionality of word-processing and computational aspects of spread sheeting. BTL works hard to meet the customer's suggested improvements and changes and can be relied upon to work with both customer and end-user feedback to improve the product.”

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

“Our external members benefit by having a tool that gives them the ability to see the item online, to be able to get real-time updates on how that item is progressing through the life cycle, along with being able to see how the item would be rendered and seen by the examinee when they would take that particular exam. So, it’s extremely important for them to be able to see how that item that they are creating would be seen. ”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

“The system itself looks good and is intuitive to use, especially in comparison to other systems I have seen.”

The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

“Always available by call or email and genuinely provide quick support which was particularly helpful when I first moved into my current role.”


“We collaborate on many levels, whether that be them providing us with information to help train our users, or adding new features to Surpass to support the unique requirements of new clients that want to work NBME. That collaboration is ongoing and we’re constantly feeding more information back to BTL, so they can improve our products to better meet our current and future client needs.”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

“Offers a coherent one-stop-shop provision for assessment purposes allowing for a manageable interface for both center needs and system users. ”

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

“Good product - the best on the market, innovative - willing and able to try new things and push the envelope of what the product can do, customer focussed developments - responsive to customer needs.”

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)

“The APIs are vital for us to be able to integrate with our downstream legacy systems. It provides a high-level of security, it reduces the manual work needed to get information in and out of the systems, and we wouldn’t be able to do all of our processes and administer an exam without having an API integration with our systems. ”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)