Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Multiple Choice question.
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There are two types of Multiple Choice questions:
- Basic (this article): standard formatting; a question prompt with a list of answer choices. Basic multiple choice have four formatting options; standard, multiple response, true or false, and block layout.
- Choice Matrix: matrix formatting; list of stems (rows) that have multiple answer options (columns). Choice matrix questions have three layout options; standard, inline, and labels. Click here for more information.
In the Basic Multiple Choice question, the student will pick from a list of answer options.
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: There are many layout options to choose from. More information about these layouts can be found further in this article under the More Options section. Here are example of other layouts:
Build the Question
If you are creating a new item, select the + Create button on the assessment builder, title the item, then select the Add New plus sign to add a question.
If you are adding to an existing item, simply select the Add New plus sign (as shown above) to add a question to the item.
Next, select the Multiple Choice category from the options on the left, then choose one of the four basic multiple choice question options Multiple Choice - standard, Multiple choice - multiple response, True or False, or Multiple Choice - block layout.
- All four of the above options have the same creation process. The only difference is in the formatting that is set by default. This article will use the Multiple choice - standard question as the example, but the other three are created with the exact same steps.
Step 1: Compose Question and Add Answer Options
- Compose question: type the question stem in this field
- Multiple choice options: type the answer choices into these fields.
- To add answer options, select the blue + ADD button.
- To reorder answer options, click and drag the reorder button to the left of the answer choice.
- To delete an option, select the trash can icon.
- You have many formatting options from the Rich Text toolbar, including changing the font size, adding tables, using math symbols, adding multimedia, and more! Click here for more information on the different functions of the Rich Text toolbar.
Set Answers and Scoring
Set Correct Answers
- Determine the number of points the question is worth.
- Select the correct answer(s) in this section.
- If more than one option is correct (a "select all that apply" situation), select the Multiple response checkbox just below the list of answer choices. To learn how to set up scoring when there are multiple correct answers, check out this article.
➡️ If there is more than one single correct answer (different than "select all that apply"), you can add an alternate answer by selecting the + button to add an alternate answer. Here is an example of a question where an alternate answer would need to be provided:
- In the example above, the student can earn credit by choosing Detroit OR Tampa.
- To allow for both answers to receive full credit, select the + button, then indicate the alternate answer.
- If you are looking to set up a "select all that apply" situation, please see this article for reference.
It's highly recommended to Preview the question before adding it to the assessment. This displays the question as the students will see it and also verifies that the answers and scoring work as expected.
Step 1: Select the Preview button to go into Preview mode
Step 2: Answer the question with the correct answers, including alternates.
- (Optional) Show Answers: Checking this box will display the correct answers.
Step 3: Verify that the auto-score correctly calculates the point value (in this example, 1/1)
➡️ Want to preview the entire assessment? Click here for details.
Other Scoring Options:
- Unscored/Practice usage: removes all scoring from the item.
- Check answer button & Check answer attempts: find more information here!
- Penalty points: use this option if you want students to lose points for giving incorrect answers.
- Scoring type: Leave as Exact Match. Basic multiple choice questions have no user for Partial Match or Partial Match per Response unless it is a "select all that apply" type of question. For more information, check out this article.
- Minimum score if attempted: student will receive points as long as the question has been attempted (if the question is left blank or is unanswered, the student will not earn those points).
The style and orientation of the layout can be changed.
If you choose Block, you will then have another option to choose the label type.
If you choose Horizontal, you must determine how many columns to display:
➡️ Change the font size:
In the Font size dropdown menu, you can change the font size of all components of the question to small, normal, large, extra large, or huge.