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Use the various configuration options in the tab "Options" to adapt the section as well as the tasks included in it according to your needs.


You can give the learner the opportunity to attempt individual questions multiple times. The number of available attempts will be displayed to the learner when performing the test. They can submit their answer and, if further attempts are possible, answer the same question again.

In the ONYX Editor, you can decide whether the settings for the number of available attempts should be applied to the entire test or only to selected sections or individual questions. Go to the Options tab to configure your desired settings.

If you, for example, set the maximum number of attempts to find a solution to 2, the learner can answer each question in the test twice.

If you wish to set the number of attempts individually for specific sections or questions, disable the option Apply the configuration of the superior element. Now, you can set the number of attempts individually for the section or question.

The default is always one attempt. To allow an unlimited number of attempts, enter 0 in the input field.

Time limit

The author can define a processing time for the entire test or individual test sections. The remaining processing time will be displayed to the participant during the testing process accurately to the second.

After the expiration of this time limit, a message will be displayed to the participant indicating that the sections and tasks can no longer be processed. If the processing time for the whole test has expired, the test will be automatically terminated.

Random selection

The random selection allows the participant to display only part of the elements (tasks or subsections) which are contained in the section. In this way, you can store multiple, similar tasks from which one will be randomly selected. Please make sure that the tasks have equal maximum scores. Only then will it be possible to compare the test runs and to achieve the maximum number of possible test points regardless of the task arrangement.

Example "random selection"

In a preliminary mathematics test, the topics "algebra", "analysis", and "stochastics" are supposed to be tested. You want each participant to be allocated an easy, a moderately difficult, and a difficult task. The tasks of the test are supposed to be chosen randomly, i.e. per test call, the tasks to be included in the test will be randomly selected from sets of comparable tasks.

First of all, an appropriate test structure needs to be defined. Each topic is assigned three subsections: "easy", "moderate", and "difficult". In these sections, a selection of tasks will be stored, and the random selection will be set to the value 1.

The subsections and their names are not supposed to be visible for the participant during the test run, which is why the option "hide section" is activated in the visibility settings of these sections.

The participant will now be displayed new, randomly compiled task arrangements for every test run.

For random task selections, it is recommended to hide the task titles. Further information on hiding task titles can be found in the help section: Configuration of the test implementation.

Random arrangement

Activate the random arrangement if the tasks or subsections included in the section are supposed to be randomly ordered.

If you want the tasks to be consecutively numbered despite of the random arrangement, you can hide the task titles in the configuration of the test implementation. The tasks will then be automatically numbered.

Comments allow the participants to leave a message for the test assessor. Especially in the case of closed task forms with limited response options, the comment function offers a valuable support possibility for participants, e.g. if they do not understand the task, perceive the task as inaccurate, or do not find their solution in the answers provided to them.

In the ONYX Editor, you can decide whether the comment settings are supposed to be applied to the entire test or only to selected sections or individual tasks.

The tutor can view the comments in the participant's results view. Further information are provided in the help section "Results view: View participant comments".

Use comments in a section

To be able to use the comment function for a section, proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the tab Options in the desired area.
  2. In the section Options, remove the check mark for the option "Apply the configuration of the superior element" under comments and select the setting "Allow on question level" to enable comments for the desired area or "Not allowed" to disable comments explicitly for this area.


You can partially or completely hide the section structure from the participant. Just activate the option "Hide section". Only the structural element with the title of the section will be hidden. The contained tasks and potential subsections are still displayed to the participant.