starQuiz

Developer: iTrans

Current Version: 3.8.3

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 9.6 MB - Download

Description:

Giving computerized tests to your students or trainees couldn't be simpler with starQuiz.

Creating tests is a breeze with the easy-to-use quiz editor. Just type in the questions for your quiz, choosing from a variety of question types including multiple choice, fill in the blank, essay, matching, numeric, and more. Add pictures, movies, web links, and more as quiz resources—you'll be amazed at how creative your tests can be.

It's as easy as clicking "Give to Students..." and your quiz will be instantly uploaded to the Internet. Students can take it from any web browser. You can also print the quiz on paper, or use the secure starQuiz NetClient software to ensure students can't access other programs while taking the test. (Important: tests are limited to 1 megabyte of resources. To upload larger tests, you can upgrade to our starQuiz Pro app.)

The results are automatically graded, compiled, and summarized, saving you dozens of hours of test-correcting drudgery. From the results window you can view scores, graphs, and charts to understand which questions were hardest and which students need help most. Email students their results or export the results into a Gradekeeper gradebook with one click.

Be the hero of your classroom with starQuiz—what can you do with the time you'll save today?

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Release Notes:

• Removed superscript and subscript support. The library starQuiz used for superscript/subscript is no longer supported and was related to crashes and instability. If you need superscript/subscript support, you must continue using starQuiz 3.6.9.
• New option for "Show students a list of names": "Allow students to retake quiz". This often-requested option lets students take the quiz more than once, even if you use a list of names.
• Adds menu items to navigate the Results window, for ease of use.
• The positions of quiz and results windows are remembered between uses.
• Export Score Spreadsheet now includes the number of students that answered each question correctly.
• Fixes several bugs.

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 3.8.3
Review by MustangJakey

starQUIZ is the answer you are seeking to your assessment needs. - I have taken my assessments to the next level with starQuiz. If you want to generate assessments that are rigorous and ensure your students are comprehending each standard you are teaching, then this is your application. If you want to analyze your assessment data to see which questions your students are missing, then this is your application. If you want to deliver your assessments with the questions in a random order for each students as well as randomizing the answer sequencing, then this application is for you. If you want to maximize your time in the classroom, then this application is for you. I deliver my assessments to my students on their iPads in the classroom and they love it. The results are instant and I can reteach immediately what the students did not comprehend. I can print out the same quiz and deliver on paper if I need to. The time you save will pay for this application in a day. starQUIZ has allowed my assessments to be taken to the next level and beyond.

Found helpful by 17 out of 18 people
1/5
Version 3.7.8
Review by Royhinckley

Works, but clunky, unreliable, archaic, poorly designed interface; should be shareware - I've been using StarQuiz for nearly 5 years. Every year I search for something comparable because it is the flakiest, clunkiest, most frustrating app of any I regularly use. I've had a license for all these years, but bought another license on the Apple site just so I could write this review, determined to help out fellow educators with an honest assesment. I've complained to the developers many times about all of these issues. In order of severity: Even when idle, it chews up 95% of one of my processors. This drains the battery and heats up the machine. I've reported this many times. You cannot grade unless connected to the internet. If you do grade, then connect, you lose all those grades. You cannot save the grades anywhere locally. Several times I've had a problem during the save process, which locked up the results. Support had to fix it manually. You can only grade by question, not student (which is often more efficient, if I know the students work). Or if you grade all students, then one additional student takes the exam, you have to scroll through all the grades to get to that student. If you grade only part of an exam, it doesn't remember or prompt you for where you left off. You have to find it on your own. There is no feedback for how many more questions you have to grade. The editor is not WYSIWYG. This means any image or media examples have to be added with a separate dialog, and you have to dig through those dialogs to see the image or sound when modifying the question. I've resorted to having them in a separate folder, opened and carefully named so I see which is which. You cannot make any global change to scores (e.g., curve the results, delete a question, bump them up by 10 points, etc.) In the "change score" dialog, it shows the question, the score, and the student's answer, but not the correct answer. I does not allow you to change the grade for an entire group of answers or delete a question. You have to open an extra dialog to change each score. (Expected behavior; click on the score and change it. Duh.) The program is rife with poorly thought through dialogs. Nothing about a document window is remembered; size, position, open tab, last edit point. If you work with a larger view, you have to change it every time. None of the grading columns wrap text. You can make the window as big as possible, and still not see the entire question. It crashes regularly, performing the most mundane operations. For example, clicking on "more answers" in multiple choice. Any variation to the stock procedure produces a crash. I tried to import matches with multiple correct answers on some of the questions. This is a simple variation; crash. There is no preview (and not WYSIWYG). This means the only way you can proof an exam is to publish it, then take it. I typically go through 5 publish, take, edit, cycles for each exam. Likewise, you cannot replace an existing exam once published. You have to publish it again with a new ID. This means if you find a critical error during an exam period, you have to have the rest of the class or sections take a different exam after making the change. No spell check. The interface is so archaic that I typically develop the exam in another text editor, then import the questions. For example, the questions don't wrap (in many of the dialogs, but most importantly in the editor). I may have two dozen questions that begin with "for the following analysis...", which is all I see in the editor. The format of the word list is very confusing; no spacing and you can't adjust the margins. Longer answers blur together. For this reason I added a dash, but there is no search and replace. I had to change them by hand. None of the dialogs remember any of the recent settings. You do everything from scratch. Search and replace will not work in any of the answer sections. Zero formatting options for the exam (e.g. width of column, text style, size of answer boxes, word list color). The program itself has 0 options for customization; relocating columns, display options, size of each column, nothing. Exam report has no search option. There are precious few shortcuts, and no user definable shortcuts (e.g., next question, force correct). Example of hoop jumping: I decided to develop an exam in a separate document. When I exported the exam it didn't export the answers with the questions. I had to type them in, and it only showed one question at a time. That was too cumbersome so I published the exam, took it, then got the results. Saved it as a PDF, opened it in a real app with a real find and replace, then tried to import it. Of course, it crashed, doesn't tell me why. None of the summaries or reports allow multiple select and/or copy and paste. I'm slack jawed at this omission. One year there was a bug that showed all instructions (name of exam, time remaining, etc) in Japanese. I gave exams in Japanese that entire year. This software is not worthy to be shareware. The sad truth is I've never found anything that does exactly what StarQuiz does. So I continue to struggle with it.

Found helpful by 13 out of 14 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 3.8.3
Review by desnyder2001

Awesome Program - This quiz creater is the best one that I have every used. I have tried several in the past and have even created my own using Microsoft Access. It is very user friendly with lots of options. The ability to post a quiz online has saved me so much time. I can study at work on my break, while traveling and then again when I get home. It is worth buying.

Found helpful by 9 out of 11 people
1/5
Version 3.8.3
Review by Kim Douthit

CUSTOMER SERVICE DOES NOT EXIST - I purchased this software in August of 2013. I have a couple of questions about the use of the software. I have emailed numerous times, I have called and let a message on that number provided as a fax, but at one point had an answering machine attached. I have not heard from the company. I do like the software, but if you have questions you can not get them answered.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
2/5
Version 3.8.3
Review by Royhinckley

Still should be shareware, frustratingly archaic - 3.8.3 gets two stars because it no longer eats up 95% of my CPU and though I hate it, I do use it, and it does do the job. I wrote a review in 2011, but just updated to a new machine and SQ asked for another review. Though I'm still using the program I'm still incredibly frustrated with it (it locked up several times yesterday), and though the authors did contact me to prioritize my list of complaints, nothing has changed (except the CPU issue, which I suspect they lucked into). I really should find something else, but my TAs and I find a bit comic, and have a love/hate attitude to the clunky, circa early 90s GUI (yes, I remember software from the 90s). The previous review rambled a bit, so here it is in more concise form. In short, it is not what I would call a "modern" program and lacks many of the features you would expect (spell check, find/replace <-!!, remembering window locations and sizes). It feels and looks like, and should be shareware. - It is not WYSIWYG. To see what it will look like you have to publish the quiz then take it. Adding images as examples is so cumbersome that I've abandoned the idea altogether and give students a separate sheet with the examples labeled. It is several extra clicks and dialogs when it should be drag and drop. - No search and replace or spell check. Yes, read that again: No search and replace. - It crashes often, no explanation. Yesterday it was while importing a tab delimited list of names. I finally chose Mac Roman and that worked. This should happen automatically. Another bug; for nearly a year all the instructions were in Japanese. I just gave exams in Japanese. Students got a kick out of it and it relaxed them for the exam. - It no longer uses 95% of the cpu, but did several years ago. - Grading is clunky and poorly thought out. You can only grade if you are connected to the internet (!! why?). If you grade, then connect, you lose all that work. You cannot save grades anywhere locally. - You can only grade by question, not by student, which is more efficient. Also, if you do all the grading then one student takes the exam late, you have to scroll through all the other grades to grade that student. - You cannot delete a question, mark all answers to one question correct (I do this often if we didn't cover a particular topic well enough). They all have to be done separately. - You can't make global changes to scores such as adding 10 points, curving them. - Copy and paste rarely work (e.g., copying a student's answers to paste in an email--would be useful). - You can't preview (or change) the layout. The only way to check the layout or proof is to publish it and take it. I typically publish, take, change, publish, take, change about six times. - You cannot replace an exam, you have to publish a new one. You can't reopen an exam once closed. I typically end up with three versions of an exam (because someone took it late or I found an error in the first section), AND six versions that I don't use just because I wanted to proof it. - Columns do not wrap text. If you start 20 questions with "In the following example, please provide", that's all you'll see. You just have to make the window large enough to see the whole question. - 0 formatting options (font, style, margins, size of answer boxes, wrapping, justification). I typically develop exam questions in a separate "real" editor before dumping them into StarQuiz. - Very few shortcuts, no user defined shortcuts, and poorly thought out shortcuts. - To change the score of a question you have to navigate a separate dialog after clicking a button. Expected behavior: double click the score, change it, tab to change the next.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
4/5
Version 3.8.3
Review by studentteach1

completed answer sheet - I like this application, it makes making tests a lot easier. The only thing that I want is that when the answer sheet is printed the answers are already printed onto it and that i dont have to go through and fill it out myself.

Found helpful by 7 out of 8 people
5/5
Version 3.8.3
Review by Upstate NY

Outstanding - The app store description touts the ability to create web-based, online assessments - but even if you're creating old-fashioned paper tests, this is the best quiz/test writing software ever. Particularly useful is the capability to integrate pictures into your tests. I'd like to see the ability to store questions in a pool by topic or rubric, and then generate an assessment by random selection of questions. Version 4.0, maybe?

Found helpful by 7 out of 8 people
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