Live Questions

Live question means that TEST4U assesses the result of your answer, not the way of answering a question.

Assessing the result, not the way of answering questions

Live question means that TEST4U assesses the result of your answer, not the way of answering a question. Live questions are also called IN-ATES (In Application Automated Test Evaluation System).

So when you use TEST4U, it is the real application software you train yourself on just as the one you will have to use at your work place. Therefore, in order to answer a TEST4U question, you have to know how to use the real application.

Supposing you want to train yourself on MS-Word 2013, TEST4U will display a question, e.g.

"Format the first word of the document in bold font."

and it will wait for your reply.

In order to answer it, you will have the real MS-Word 2013 at your disposal.

There are many ways of answering the previous question. Let’s mention two of them. After selecting the correct word, you use:

1. Either the CTRL+B key combination
2. or a certain button (e.g. bold button)

Think critically, not mechanically

Whichever of the two questions you select, TEST4U will accept it as correct. In fact, TEST4U grades the RESULT, not the WAY of answering a question. So, whichever way you choose to answer, if the result is correct, TEST4U will accept the answer as correct.

This is the case because TEST4U uses real application software; it does not simulate applications as it happens with simulation tests. In the latter case the correct answer is the one set by the programmer, not the one accepted by MS-Word 2013. So if the programmer has not set the CTRL+B key combination as correct, your answer will be considered as wrong.

TEST4U allows you to train on the real applications, not on their simulations. Do not forget that when you need to use MS-Word 2013 or another application at your workplace, you have to be able to use the real application software, not one of its simulations.

Real application software

TEST4U uses real application software (e.g. Word, Excel). It is not a simulation application in Flash version.

Scenario and Interapplication questions

TEST4U has redesigned Live questions, creating scenario and interapplication questions.

> Scenario questions

Scenario questions imply that student is not asked to respond to unique questions but to a set of actions producing a complete document.

Actions taken by a candidate to create and complete the document are not predetermined. On the contrary, every candidate may create the document on his/her own way. Understanding is the essential prerequisite of completing the document. So the candidate must be able to understand the structure of the document and then hierarchize all necessary actions.

See some scenario sample questions:

MS-Word application:
The TEST4U basic version will display questions similar to the following one:

test4u-business-office 1
test4u-business-office 2

In order to answer the question, the candidate needs to understand the number of columns and rows that the suggested table is consisted of (first table) and the differences between this one and the table of his document (second table).

In the TEST4U Expert test the candidate is given an initial text such as:
test4u-expert-office 1

...which should be formatted as follows:
test4u-expert-office 1

MS-Excel application:
The TEST4U Expert version will display a data spreadsheet. Candidates will have to use these data to create a pivot table.

MS-PowerPoint application:
The TEST4U Expert version will ask students to create a complete presentation from scratch. This means that they will have to analyze the presentation: the number of slides it is made of, the kind of objects displayed on every slide, if there are any transition effects etc.

MS-Access application:
TEST4U Expert version requires that the candidate is able to create complete databases. She/He is not asked to enter data in a table but to figure out the structure of the database himself: the number of tables it contains, the relation between them, etc.

> Interapplication questions

Interapplication questions require that the candidate is able to navigate to (2) applications at least. From the point of view of technology, interapplication questions are Live questions' more advanced version.

Let’s see an example of interapplication questions:

Select and copy the 4 last lines of the table displayed in the Word document. Navigate to the Excel workbook and paste the selected data to the Ε10:H13 cell range on the first worksheet.

Then use the Ε10:H13 cell range data to create a Clustered Column chart. Go to the Word document, delete the existing chart and replace it with the chart you have just created.

Save the Word document as summary.docx in the IL-ates\Files folder on your desktop and send it as attachment to the email address with the Subject “Chart”.

> Download the TEST4U trial version
to actually see this question and many others.

A video solution for every question

If you answer a question wrongly, TEST4U will display a solution video for you to learn how to answer the question correctly. The next picture displays a TEST4U question.

sample question

If the student does not know the answer, TEST4U displays a video solution for this question.

Statistics for you and your students

TEST4U allows you to monitor your progress yourself providing statistics for every question.

statistics 1
Click here to see the Statistics offered by TEST4U.

statistics 2
Click here to see all the Charts offered by TEST4U.