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Question Types

Summary

There are a variety of different question types you can use in a quiz – these range from simple short answer questions to the very flexible embedded answer type questions (Cloze and Pattern match).

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Question types

All-or-Nothing Multiple Choice – Allows the selection of multiple responses from a pre-defined list and uses all-or-nothing grading (100% or 0%).

Calculated – Calculated questions are like numerical questions but with the numbers used selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.

Calculated multichoice – Calculated multichoice questions are like multichoice questions which choice elements can include formula results from numeric values that are selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.

Calculated simple – A simpler version of calculated questions which are like numerical questions but with the numbers used selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.

Combined – A combined question type which allows the embedding of the response fields for various available sub questions in the question text.

Depending on which question types you have installed, the student can enter a numeric or short text answer or choose an answer or answers using a select box or check boxes.

Drag and drop into text – Missing words in the question text are filled in using drag and drop.

Drag and drop markers – Markers are dragged and dropped onto a background image.

Drag and drop onto image – Images or text labels are dragged and dropped into drop zones on a background image.

Drag and Drop Matching – An extension of the matching question that allows the user to drag and drop items to match answers to subquestions.

Embedded Answers (Cloze) – Questions of this type are very flexible, but can only be created by entering text containing special codes that create embedded multiple-choice, short answers and numerical questions.

Essay – Allows a response of a few sentences or paragraphs. This must then be graded manually.

Freehand Drawing – In response to a question the respondent draws an answer on an predefined image. There is only one right answer possible.

Gapfill – A fill in the gaps style question. Allows drag drop or dropdown answers with distractors.

Matching – The answer to each of a number of sub-question must be selected from a list of possibilities.

Multiple Choice – Allows the selection of a single or multiple responses from a pre-defined list.

Numerical – Allows a numerical response, possibly with units, that is graded by comparing against various model answers, possibly with tolerances.

Opaque – Use a question provided by another question engine system.

OU Multiple response – A multiple-choice, multiple-response question type with particular scoring rules.

Pattern Match – Allows a short response of one or a few sentences that is graded by comparing against various model answers, which are described using the OU’s pattern match syntax.

Random short-answer matching – Like a Matching question, but created randomly from the short answer questions in a particular category.

Select missing words – Missing words in the question text are filled in using dropdown menus.

Short answer – Allows a response of one or a few words that is graded by comparing against various model answers, which may contain wildcards.

True/False – A simple form of multiple choice question with just the two choices ‘True’ and ‘False’.

Variable numeric – Allows a numeric response, expressions are evaluated on the fly and the evaluated expression is compared to the student response.

Variable numeric set – Allows a numeric response, question can have several ‘variants’, expressions are pre evaluated for each question variant.

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