Recycling existing questions
Any question created, independently of the test or course to which it has been attached, feeds the questions database. This base can be very useful for teachers wanting to re-use questions that are very general or, needing questions to serve as “fillers” when you're short of a few questions in a new test.
During test creation, the database shows questions from other tests, as well as orphan questions (i.e. those questions which have belonged to a test which has been removed).
When the question database shows, it presents a list of all existing questions inside the course. This is where assigning questions to categories and adding a difficulty to tests can prove very useful for identifying individual questions: use the Filter and Difficulty drop-down lists to filter the questions accordingly.
To access the database, click on the recycle existing questions icon as it is listed on the Create a question page alongside the various question types:
Illustration 62: Tests – Questions database
Click the Re-use in current test button to include these questions in the current test. What actually happens (in Chamilo 1.9) is that a copy of the old test is included in the current test, so that it can be edited if necessary for the new test without its content or configuration being altered within the test in which it was originally created.