Performance Based Question FAQs

The following questions and answers may be useful to test takers as they answer a performance based question within the exam.

Question: The instructions window in the practice performance-based question covers part of the workspace. If I close this window in the real exam to answer the question, can I reopen it if needed?

Answer: Yes, the item question and instructions are always available within the PBQ and can be minimized, moved, and resized as needed. Press the show question button to bring the question back to the screen.

Question: What does the Reset button do? Does it restart the question, or the entire exam—and will it delete any work that I have already completed?

Answer: The Reset button inside a PBQ will reset that question only. It will entirely remove any work you have completed for that question but nothing else. Selecting the Reset button will allow you to begin the question again.

Question: How do I move to the next question in the exam after completing a PBQ?

Answer: Pressing the Next or Previous buttons on the bottom right-hand side of the screen will take you to the subsequent questions in the exam.

If you select the Next or Previous buttons and have completed any work toward your answer, your work will be saved.

You can also mark the question for review. If there is time left on the clock after you complete the other questions on the exam, you can return to the flagged question and continue working until time runs out.

Question: If there is more than one way to get to a correct answer on a question, does the exam scoring address that?

Answer: Yes. There may be questions for which there is more than one way to get to a correct answer. In those cases, the candidate will receive a correct score if the correct solution to the problem is achieved.

Question: Is partial credit given if I answer part of a PBQ correctly?

Answer: There may questions for which partial credit is offered. However, exam questions and their scoring are confidential, so no further information can be provided regarding which questions may offer partial credit.