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Matrix Multiple Choice Question for Advanced Assessments
Matrix Multiple Choice Question for Advanced Assessments

The Choice Matrix requires students to evaluate one or more row items using a set of column options.

Monica Burke avatar
Written by Monica Burke
Updated over a week ago

Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Matrix Multiple Choice question.

There are two types of Multiple Choice questions:


Standard formatting; a question prompt with a list of answer choices.

Choice Matrix (this article)

Matrix formatting; list of stems (rows) that have multiple answer options (columns). Click here for more information.

💡 Tip: 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.

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 Choice matrix - standard, Choice matrix - inline, or Choice matrix - labels.

💡 Tip: All three 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 Choice Matrix - Standard question as the example, but the other two are created with the exact same steps.

Compose Question

  • Type the question in this field.

  • 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.

Add Stems and Options

  • The stems are what appear as the content the student needs to choose an answer for.

  • The options are the "answers" for the stems.

    • To add additional stems or options, select the blue + ADD button.

    • To delete a stem or option, select the trash can icon.

    • To reorder the stems or options, click and drag the reorder button to the left of the stem or option.

Answers and Scoring

Set Correct Answers

  • Determine the number of points the question is worth.

  • Select the correct answer(s) in this section.

  • Selecting the multiple responses checkbox will allow more than one correct option for any given stem. Here is an example:

Scoring Type

The scoring type refers to how the question is to be graded as a whole. This is especially important if you have more than one response box in the question or if you want to offer partial credit.

In the example above, the point(s) has been set to 1, and there are four responses required (Yes, No, No, and Yes). Let's use that example to describe the options for scoring types:

Exact Match

The entire question must be answered correctly to receive the point(s).

  • In this example, the student must answer Yes, No, No, Yes to get the point.

Partial Match per Response

Each response is scored independently, and each is worth the number of points indicated in the point(s) field.

  • In this example, choosing this option will make this question worth 4 points; the student will earn 1 point each for answering Yes, No, No, and Yes.

Partial Match

Similar to partial match per response, each response is scored independently, but the point value indicated in the point(s) field is evenly split among the responses.

  • In this example, since the point value is set to 1, and there are 4 responses, each response is worth 0.25 points (1 point divided by 4 answers); the student will earn 0.25 points each for answering Yes, No, No, and Yes.

Student Preview

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.

    • Selecting Show Answers will present the correct answers.

  • Step 3: Verify that the auto-score correctly calculates the point value.

Click to see a short clip of this question type from the student's perspective.

More Options

There are other layout, formatting, and scoring options available.


Click to see other scoring options such as checking answers, minimum score, and penalty points.

  • 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.

  • 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).


Click to see style options

There are two style options

  • If you choose Table, you can then choose the type of stem numeration.

Click to see column and row title options.

  • You can give either the stem columns or options rows titles by typing them here.

Click to see stem and option width.

  • You can change the size of the stem columns or option rows here.

Click to see font size and divider options.

  • 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.

  • If you enable dividers, the lines between the cells will become more apparent.


Click to see "Extras"

At the very bottom of the More Options menu, you will see "Extras". These options are not applicable to Otus assessments - they do not have any impact on the questions or the assessment.

Learnosity Resources

Click to see a video tutorial on how to create this question type from Learnosity.

You can also read more about this question type on Learnosity's Author Guide

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