Exam Question Types

There are multiple types of exam questions that can be used in the exam tool which can be added to the Question Bank or directly into the exam itself.

  1. Multiple Choice - students will choose the correct answer from a provided list of options.
    • By default, four answer options can be entered for a question. Add more answer options by clicking Add Another Answer.
    • There can be only one correct answer. Click the red Incorrect icon next to the answers you wish to denote as correct and it will turn green. All incorrect answers will remain red.
    • Answers are set to display randomly by default. To set a fixed answer order click the Show Answer Formatting icon and select 'In the order above.' This can be done in the Question Bank before the question is added to an exam or within an exam that is in draft mode.
  2. True/False - provide only two choices for an answer: True or False. Make sure that the question is unequivocally true or false and includes only one central idea.
    • There can be only one correct answer. Click the red Incorrect box to the right of the correct answer in order to denote it as correct (it will turn green). The incorrect answer will remain red.
    • Answer formatting is set to show the answer options "In the order above" by default. Meaning True will be listed first and then False is listed below it.
    • If T/F questions are imported using an import sheet, rather than being created manually, then the answer formatting will need to be specified on the sheet. Otherwise, the answer options will be displayed randomly.
  3. Essay - students will answer by entering text to write an essay.  Once the user has completed the exam you must grade the essay and assign the appropriate number of points to their attempt.
  4. Matching - allow you to enter a simple question, or a set of directions, and then define four answers and their matching text. If you would like to add more matching options you can do so by clicking the green Add Another Answer icon. Students will then be tasked with matching the answers to the correct text that you’ve specified.
    • You can also add Distractors which will add additional Matching Text options for users taking the exam to choose from. Click the white space next to Distractors to add additional matching text.
    • One wrong match will equate a zero for the entire question in the Gradebook. You do have the option of overriding the grade to award partial credit once the user has completed the exam.
  5. Fill in the Blank - open-ended questions that require students to create an answer. Use [] (left square bracket followed by right square bracket) to denote the location where the answer is to be inserted. Only one fill in the blank is allowed per question. Use the answers section to define acceptable/correct answer(s).
  6. Multiple Select -students will choose one or more correct answers from a provided list of options.
    • By default, four answer options can be entered for a question. Add more answer options by clicking Add Another Answer.
    • One or more answers can be chosen as correct. Click the red Incorrect icon next to the answers you wish to denote as correct and they will turn green. All incorrect answers will remain red.
    • Answers are set to display randomly by default. To set a fixed answer order click the Show Answer Formatting icon and select 'In the order above.' This can be done in the Question Bank before the question is added to an exam or within an exam that is in draft mode.
    • All correct answers must be selected in order for the student to receive full credit for the question. SOLE will not award partial credit but you do have the option of overriding the grade to manually award partial credit once the user has completed the exam.