Advanced Assessment Question: Order List

Students organize a list of responses into a specified order.

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Written by Kris Hyland
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Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Order List question.

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In the Order List question, students organize a list of responses into a specified order. This question can be used to reorder words, paragraphs of text, or sentences within a paragraph.


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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 Order List.

Step 1: Compose Question

  • Type the stem of 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.

Step 2: Create the Items to Order

Type each item you need ordered into the fields under the List heading. These items can be singular words, sentences, paragraphs, and even images.

Want to use images instead of words? While your cursor is in the text field, select the image button.

➡️ Add Additional Items

  • Select the blue + ADD button to add additional items to your list.

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

➡️ Set Correct Answer(s)

  • Drag and drop the items into the correct order.

  • To add alternate answers, select the blue + button.

Show/Hide Drag Handle

  • Unchecking this box will remove the drag handle from the options (from the student's view as well).

➡️ Set the Scoring

  • Determine the number of points you want the question to be worth here.

  • If you have auto-scoring enabled, you'll have to choose Exact Match, Partial Match per Response, Partial Match, or Partial Pairwise per Response.

  • Using the example above, here is a description of how each will work:

➡️ Exact match: the entire question must be answered correctly to receive the point(s).

  • In this example, students will need to place all four responses correctly in order to earn the full point.

➡️. Partial Match per Response: each item is scored independently, and each is worth the number of points indicated in the point(s) field.

  • In this example, each item placed in the correct spot will be worth 1 point, making the entire question worth 4 points total. For example, if the student correctly places 2 out of the 4, the student will earn 3/4 points.

➡️. Partial Match: similar to partial match per response, each item is scored independently, but the point value indicated in the point(s) field is evenly split among the number of items.

  • In this example, each correct response box will earn 0.25 of a point. For example, if the student correctly places 3 out of the 4, the student will earn 0.75/1 point.

➡️ Partial Pairwise per Response: Items are compared in pairs to determine the score.

  • In this example, students will earn a certain number of points for keeping pairs together. It is best to preview this scoring setting as you are building the question to see how different answer combinations will score.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: For details on the other optional scoring settings, such as penalty points, see the More Options section below.

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.

➡️ Want to preview the entire assessment? Click here for details.

More Options

➡️ 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.

  • 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).

➡️ Layout Options:

  • List Style: the default is to have items listed as buttons. You can change this option to list or inline as well.




  • 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.

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