Match List Question for Advanced Assessments

Students to pair associated items, using one static list and one dynamic list.

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Written by Ethan Kelly
Updated over a week ago

Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Match List question.

In the Match List question, the student pairs associated items by dragging answers into a list.


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 Classify, Match & Order category from the options on the left, then select Match List.

Compose Question

  • Compose Question: Type question prompt into 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 Answer Content

  • Stimulus list: The static list of items that the students will refer to for matching

  • Possible responses: The dynamic list of responses students can choose from. Click and drag the responses into the desired order

  • Trash: Delete response

  • Add: Additional response

  • Group possible responses (Optional): If there are different categories of response options, check this box to add more groups:

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

Set Correct Answers

  • Setting the correct answer: Drag responses to their correct positions in the list.

    • When students answer, all responses must be in the correct positions for full credit. If there are multiple correct answers, see More options below.

Avoid using duplicate answers. Using identical answer options will cause issues with the scoring. Instead, use the "duplicate responses" option, which allows a student to use an answer more than once.

  • Alternate answers: If alternate answers are acceptable (like different pairings, multiple matches, etc), click the Add ( + ) button. By default, alternates are awarded full credit, but each set of alternates can be valued at different point levels (Correct must be the highest point value):

  • Duplicate responses: Check this box if responses may be reused.

  • Show drag handle: Shows or hides handle button


  • Point value: Enter the full point value for the correct answer (see More options below)

  • Scoring Type:

    • Exact match (Default): All parts of the answer must be correct to be awarded credit.

    • Partial Match Per Response: Each correct answer will be awarded the full credit designated in the Set correct answer(s) field. (In this example with three answers, awarding 1 point per correct answer, adding up to as many as 3 total points).

    • Partial Match: Each correct answer will be awarded partial, proportional credit designated by the Set correct answer(s) field. (In this example with three answers, 1/3 point per correct answer, adding up to 1 total point).

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.

Here is a short clip of this question type from the student's perspective.

More Options

There are other scoring and layout options available.


Click to see other scoring options such as checking answers and minimum scores.

  • 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. Find more information here!

  • 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 "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.

Otus Live Video

Click to see a video from our Otus Live series on how to create matching questions in Advanced assessments.

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