(Instructor) How do I add my own questions into EMSTesting?

Sarah Smith -

To add your own Instructor created questions to a test, first, they must be added to the system in your own instructor and school’s banks. This article will cover entering your questions into the program.


From your instructor homepage, you will click on the “Manage Questions” link in your red toolbar.


This will bring you to your "Question Search" page where you can manage your existing questions or create a new question. For a new question, you will select the “New Question” button found near the upper right of your screen.


This will bring you to the “Add New Question” page. This is where you will start to enter your question.

The “Question Text” field is where you will enter the stem of your question.

You can add an image to your question by using the “Add Image” button and uploading a file to display with your question.



On the “Answers/Annotation” tab you will select the “Answer Type.”

The “Select One” option can be used to create standard multiple-choice questions with one correct answer or true or false questions.

The “Choose All that Apply” option should be used to create questions that have multiple correct answers. Please note: that all correct answers must be selected for a student to receive credit for answering the question correctly.

For either type, at least one correct answer must be marked for a question to be pulled onto a test.

The “Annotation” Field should be used to explain why the correct answer is correct or the wrong answers are wrong.




Next is the “Properties” Tab.

The “Question Reference ID” is where you can assign an individualized reference identifier for your question. This will allow you to pull that specific question onto a test when utilizing the “Pull Questions By Text, Keyword, or ID” option when building your tests.

The “Question Bank” drop-down will indicate the bank the question is held within our program. Many users will have only one option.

The “School” drop-down will allow instructors who are active in multiple institutions to decide which school their question will belong to. If you are associated with only one school you will only have one option. 

The "Status" drop-down allows you to adjust the status of your question. Please note that your question must be marked as "Active" for it to be pulled onto a test.

The "Cut Score" drop-down is used to assign the appropriate cut score for your question. If you need help determining the appropriate score for your question please check out our article What is Cut Score, found here.

The "Bloom Level" drop-down is used to assign the appropriate Bloom level for your question. If you need help determining the appropriate level please check out our article What is Bloom Level? found here.

To determine the "Reading Level" for your question, click the "[re-calc]" link and the program will calculate the reading grade level for you.

 If you mark your questions as "Scenario Question" when applicable this will allow you to utilize the "Scenario Based Questions" sort when building your tests. 

You can mark your question as "CAT Enabled" if you would like to build your own school's bank for students to test in while practicing with the computer adaptive tests.



On the "Keywords" tab, you can attach specific words or phrases to your questions to make it easier to locate your questions. For example, if you are adding multiple questions into the program for a specific test you can add a keyword like the name of the test (ex. "Airway1" or"Anatomy") to all of those questions. Then when you are building your test you can perform a search using the “Pull Questions By Text, Keyword, or ID” option, with your assigned keyword, and pull all of your questions with one search. 



On the "Curriculums" tab you will cross-reference your question to the topic area(s) the question relates to.  Questions can be associated with multiple objectives in multiple curriculums.

Please Note: that your question must have at least one curriculum assigned to it for you to be able to pull it onto a test of that provider level.

You will choose the "Program Type" from the drop-down. Note if you choose "N/A" you will not be able to complete the process of adding a curriculum and therefore will not be able to pull the questions on to a test. Next, you will select the "Provider Level" to choose which students the question will be appropriate for.  Then you will select the "Curriculum" and "Curriculum Level". Once you have made your selections be sure to click the "Add Curriculum" button. You can additional Curriculums where it is appropriate.  

Once you are satisfied with the settings of your question, click "Save." 



Once you have completed these steps you will be able to pull your questions on to a test.

If you are still having issues or have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 616-818-7877 or send in a support request via the "Help" button. 


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