Advanced Assessment Question: Sort List

Allows students to arrange items into their correct order by dragging the items from the Source area to the Target area

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Written by Kris Hyland
Updated over a week ago

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The Sort List question type allows students to arrange items into their correct order by dragging the items from the Source area to the Target area. Students can drag, highlight, and move items between/within the lists using the arrows.


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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 choose Rating.

➡️ Step 1: 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.

➡️ Step 2: Add List Items

  • Add the items you want the students to "list" here. These can be words, sentences, paragraphs, and even images. If you want to use images, just select the image button from the toolbar that appears when you place your cursor in one of the fields.

  • To add additional items, select the + ADD button. To remove an item, select the trash can icon.

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

Set Correct Answers

  • Under the Set correct answers(s) section, drag and drop the list items into their correct order.

Set Scoring

➡️ First, determine how many points you'd like the question to be worth:

➡️ Next, determine the Scoring Type:

  • 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 in the correct position will earn 1 point, making the question worth a total of 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 items.

    • In this example. each item in the correct position will earn 0.25 points, making the question worth a total of 1 point.

❗ Turning Off Auto-Scoring

  • If you are choosing to manually grade this question, just uncheck the Enable auto scoring box. Make sure to indicate a point value for the question in the Max score field.

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.

    • 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)

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

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More Options

There are additional options for scoring and layout.

Additional 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

  • Show drag handle: unchecking this box removes the drag handle from the items.

  • Font size: You can change the font size to small, normal, large, extra large, or huge.

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