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New Feature: Drag and Drop Diagram PBQs

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 (Updated Thursday, May 2, 2024)

New Feature: Drag and Drop Diagram PBQs
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We have a released a new beta PBQ type that is free to all users, even if you aren't logged in! While we are in this beta phase we are hoping to get user feedback and identify any issues.

Drag & Drop Diagram PBQs

The new PBQ type mimics a common type of PBQ found on the real exam where test takers are expected to identify components or complete a task like building a desktop workstation by dragging options onto a diagram or image.

We've released two PBQs of this kind so far, which you can check out here:

or see these gifs for a quick run-down of how they work (spoilers: correct answers are shown)

Example 1, Identify Internal Motherboard Components

Identify Motherboard Components PBQ

Example 2, Identify External Motherboard Components

Identify external Motherboard Components/Connectors PBQ

Feedback and Ideas

As these are in beta and are brand new, we expect some issues. Drag/drop can be hard to implement properly on the various mobile browsers for example. We'd also love to hear any new ideas you have for PBQs that would fit this format (or others!).

If so, please use our contact form and let us know!

What are Performance-Based Questions (PBQs)?

These are questions used in CompTIA exams to assess a candidate's ability to perform tasks or solve problems in a simulated environment or through interactive elements. PBQs require the test taker to demonstrate their practical and analytical skills by completing specific actions. They differ from traditional multiple-choice questions by providing a more hands-on approach to testing, which can include tasks like configuring routers, setting up network permissions, or building workstations. These questions are designed to closely mimic scenarios that one might encounter in real-world IT roles, thereby validating practical competencies alongside theoretical knowledge. You can think of them like mini-games inside of your examination.