Branch Aware is new in Captivate 6. Unlike other new features (like HTML5 support and Themes), Branch Aware has gotten little attention and few people understand what the option does.
According to Adobe: "Use Branch Aware to calculate the final score based only on the questions in the branch that users have viewed. For example, consider that a project contains a quiz that branches into two modules that in turn contain a quiz. If a user reaches the module with three questions and 10 points each, the total score is considered as 30 points. If this option is not enabled, the scores are calculated on the total number of questions in the project and not the module that users actually viewed."
Huh? I don't know about you, but I find Adobe's description of Branch Aware to be confusing. Not to be deterred by Adobe's description, I set out to play with the Branch Aware feature and figure out what I could (and couldn't) do if I elected to use the option.
I created a simple project that is Branch Aware. You can download it here. The lesson has 12 questions. Each question is worth 10 points, so the total for the lesson is 120 (you can confirm the total point value via Project > Advanced Interactions).
I enabled Branch Aware by choosing Edit > Preferences > Quiz > Settings and selecting Branch Aware from the group of Settings.
To establish the branches, I not only needed to select the Branch Aware option, I also needed to set my question Actions properly. After the last question in each branch, I jumped the learner to the QuizResults slide.
If I hadn't set the last question in each branch to jump to the QuizResults slide, my question numbering would not display correctly.
Once a learner takes my quiz, the QuizResults screen will display the appropriate scoring for the branch that the learner took.
Even cooler? If the learner chooses "Review Quiz" once reaching the quiz results slide, the learner will only review the relevant part of the quiz.
I was also surprised to find out that you can still require that the learner answer all questions within a branch.
I tried everything I could think of to mess up the scoring results, but my lesson reported properly each time. The bottom line is that Branch Aware is one mighty cool feature. Give it a try and I think you'll agree.