Quiz Questions

Common features among all quiz question types

The following features apply to all question types in the quizzes tool:

  • All question types have an optional Title field. If you do not enter a title, the system will take the full question text and enter it as the title. The title is only displayed in the quiz tool and not to users taking the quiz.
  • Many question types give you the option of inserting an image. Click the Add a File button beside the Image field to insert an image.
  • If you want question feedback displayed to the users, enter your feedback in the Question Feedback area.
  • To display hints, enter the text in the Question Hint field.
  • You have access to the preview, and spell-check features in each question text field. Click Preview to view your question as it will appear during use and grading. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page, Save and Copy to save the question and create a new question of the same type and that retains the copied properties, or click Save and New to continue creating questions of the same type.

Creating Quiz Questions

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Select the  Question Library link on the Quizzes page.
      Question Library screenshot
    • From within a quiz, select the Layout/Questions tab and then click Add/Edit Questions.
      Add Edit Questions screenshot
  2. Select the applicable question type from the Create New drop-down list and click Go. See below for question types.
    Select Question Type screenshot

Note: It is strongly recommended that you create all your quiz questions from within the Question Library. This gives you the ability to reuse questions on various quizzes and to create random sections within quizzes.

Table of Contents

Creating a Multiple Choice (MC) question in the quiz tool

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
  4. Use the Enumeration drop-down list to choose an enumeration style.
  5. Choose a display Style.
  6. Check the box beside Randomize Options in order to randomize the questions options.
    MC Question screenshot
  7. Type in the question options (answer choices) in the text boxes labeled Value. If you want to add more options, click the Add Option button.
  8. Set the Weight of each option in the drop-down lists. For example, you might want to enter 100 beside the correct option . Associating an option with 100% simply means if a user were to choose that option, they would receive full points for that question.
  9. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating multiple choice questions.
    MC Save screenshot

Note: If you want to randomize the question options, check the box beside Randomize Options. Randomizing the options ensures that each user taking the quiz will receive the question options in a different order.

Creating a True or False (T/F) question in the quiz tool

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
  4. Use the Enumeration drop-down list to choose an enumeration style.
  5. Choose a display Style.
    True False Question screenshot
  6. Set the Weight of the options in the drop-down lists. For example, you might want to enter 100 beside the correct option. Associating an option with 100% simply means if a user were to choose that option, they would receive full points for that question.
  7. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating true/false questions.
    True False Question Save screenshot

Creating a Long Answer (LA) question in the quiz tool

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
    Long Answer Question screenshot
  4. Select the number Rows and Columns to include in the Input Box to control the size of the text box that the question displays.
  5. Text entered in the Initial Text box is displayed to users in the text box before they type their answer.
  6. Text entered in the Answer Key box is displayed to users that mark quizzes in the Grade Quiz area. For example, the Answer Key box only displays to the instructor or teaching assistant.
  7. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating long answer questions.
    Long Answer Question Save screenshot

Note: Long answer questions cannot be auto-graded, even if the “allow attempt score to be seen immediately upon completion” and “allow automatic export to grades” features are selected in the quiz properties.

Creating a Short Answer Question (SA) question in the quiz tool

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
    Short Answer Question screenshot
  4. Choose the size of the Input Box by using the drop-down lists beside Rows and Columns.
  5. Click the Blank icon for additional answer text fields.
  6. Type the answer in the Text field and choose the Weight.
  7. Continue adding all accepted answers and weights by clicking the Add Answer icon.
  8. The Check Answers button is used to validate any regular expression you include in the answer fields.
  9. Click Preview to view your question.
  10. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating short answer questions.
    Short Answer Question Save screenshot

Note: When creating a survey, adding answers is not required.

Creating a Multi Short-Answer Question (MSA) question in the quiz tool

The answers provided by a respondent for a MSA question are checked against each answer box. This question type allows you to create a question such as, "Name 3 state capitals" and create 3 input boxes and 51 potential answers so that the user can enter any 3 answers in any answer box and receive full marks.

This question type differs from the Short Answer Question in that the short answer question supports multiple answer boxes, but requires distinct answer lists for each answer box.

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
    Multi Short Answer Question screenshot
  4. Choose the size of the Input Box by using the drop-down lists beside Rows and Columns.
  5. Click the Add Answer icon.
  6. Type the Answer in the text field and choose the Weight.
  7. Continue adding all accepted answers and weights.
  8. The Check Answers button is used to validate any regular expression you include in the answer fields.
  9. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating multi short answer questions.
    Multi Short Answer Question Save screenshot

Creating a Arithmetic Question (2+2) in the quiz tool

The Arithmetic question type is a great way to present unique questions to each user. Numbers can be randomly chosen for each variable in the question based on specified number ranges.

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Textin the text box. To refer to variables, type the variable surrounded with curly braces.
    • Example:  “2 trains are traveling away from each other at {x} miles per hour and {y} miles per hour respectively. How far apart are they after 15 minutes?”
      Arithmetic Question screenshot
  3. Type the formula that you use to calculate the correct answer in the Formulafield. Make sure that you enclose all variables in curly braces.
    • Example: ({x}+{y})/4
  4. The following functions are supported in the Formula field:
    • Enumerations Description
      +,-,*,/,\,^,% Basic mathematical operators
      {x}^{y} x to the power of y
      abs({n}) Absolute value of n
      cos({n}) The cosine of n (in radians)
      sin({n}) The sine of n (in radians)
      sqr({n}) The square root of n
      tan({n}) The tangent of n (in radians)
      log({n}) The log base 10 of n
      ln({n}) The log base e of n
      atan({n}) The inverse tangent of n
      sec({n}) The secant of n
      cosec({n}) The cosecant of n
      cotan({n}) The cotangent of n
      Factorial Factorials
      exp The power of natural log (e)
      The following constants are supported:
      • PI 3.14159 (accurate up to 50 decimal places)
      • e 2.71828 (accurate up to 50 decimal places)
  5. Click the Test button to test your formula. A new page will display containing an example of your formula.
  6. Select a number from the Answer Precision drop-down list to define the number of decimal places answers must be accurate to.
  7. Type a Tolerance value and choose either Units or Percent to define how accurate answers must be.
    • For example, a tolerance of 3% would allow answers to be off by 3%, or a tolerance of 5 units would allow answers to be off by 5 units (units are defined in the field below).
  8. Type the unit that the answer to the question should be in (if any) in the Unitsfield (for example, MPH, meters, inches, etc.).
    • Check the case sensitive Evaluation Option if the unit is case sensitive.
    • If you want to assign points for using the correct unit in an answer, choose a percentage value from the Worth drop-down list.
      Arithmetic Formula screenshot
  9. Click Add Variable to add more variables or Remove to delete extra variables.
  10. In the Variablessection, define all of the variables you used in the Question Text.
    • Type the name of your variable (for example, x) in the Name column.
    • Type the minimum value for the variable in the Min column.
    • Type the maximum value for the variable in the Max column.
    • Select the applicable number of decimal places for the variable in the Decimal Places drop-down list.
    • In the Stepfield, type the increment that the system should use when choosing random numbers from the range you specified in the Min and Max fields.
      • Example: If you create variable X with Min=100, Max=200 and Step=5, the system will only choose values for X that are increments of 5 above 100 (105, 110, 115, etc., up to 200) when generating questions.
  11. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating multi short answer questions.
    Arithmetic Question Save screenshot

Example: If 50% is chosen in the Worth drop-down list, the user would receive 50% of the points for the question for answering with the correct value, and would receive the other 50% if they answered using the correct unit. Note: that if you have selected the case sensitive option, users must type the unit in the proper letter case to have their answer considered correct.
Example
:  If 50% is chosen in the Worth drop-down list, the user would receive 50% of the points for the question for answering with the correct value, and would receive the other 50% if they answered using the correct unit. Note: that if you have selected the case sensitive option, users must type the unit in the proper letter case to have their answer considered correct.

Creating a Significant Figures Question (x10) in the quiz tool

The Significant Figures question type is most applicable to science and math related courses. This question type is similar to Arithmetic questions type, but allows users to enter their answers in scientific notation format. The questions are then graded based on what users entered as their significant digits.

Example: A user might submit an answer of 1.9 x 104. In this example, “1.9” are the significant digits.

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box. To refer to variables, type the variable surrounded with curly braces, e.g., “Answer the following: {x} × {y} = ”
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
    Significant Figures Question screenshot
  4. Type the formula you use to calculate the correct answer in the Formula text field Refer to step 5 in the Arithmetic question instructions for a list of supported functions.
  5. Click Test to ensure that your formula has been entered properly. The system provides a test case of the equation in a new page.
  6. Choose the number of significant figures that the system should accept in answers from the Significant Figures drop-down list (this is the number of digits that are accepted in the non-exponent field). Choose a percentage value from the Deductdrop-down list if you want to assign only a certain portion of marks for this question for entering the correct significant digits.
    • Example: You might choose to assign 70% of the points for this question for getting the significant figures correct, and 30% for getting the unit correct.
  7. For Tolerance select either:
    • Plus or minus one half of the least significant figure.
    • Units and type the applicable value in the corresponding text field.
    • Percentand type the applicable value in the corresponding text field.
      • For example, a tolerance of 3% would allow answers to be off by 3%, or a tolerance of 1.2 x 102 units would allow answers to be off by that much.
  8. If your question uses a certain kind of unit (for example, MPH, mm, etc.), type the unit in the Units text field
    • Check Case Sensitive if the unit is case sensitive.
    • If you want to assign points for using the correct unit in the answer, choose a percentage value from the Worth drop-down list.
      Significant Figures Formula screenshot
  9. In the Variablessection, define all of the variables you used in the Question Text.
    • Type the name of your variable (for example, x) in the Name column.
    • Type the minimum value for the variable in the Min column.
    • Type the maximum value for the variable in the Max column.
    • Select the applicable number of decimal places for the variable in the Decimal Places drop-down list.
    • In the Step field, type the increment that the system should use when choosing random numbers from the range you specified in the Min and Max fields.
      Example: If you create variable X with Min=100, Max=200 and Step=5, the system sets values for X that are increments of 5 over 100 (105, 110, 115, etc., up to 200).

      Note: The Min, Max, and Step values must all be entered in scientific notation. Enter the significant digits in the first text field, and the exponent in the second text field that is to the upper-right of “x10”.
  10. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating multi short answer questions.
    Significant Figures save screenshot

Example: If 30% is chosen in the Worth drop-down list, a user would receive 30% of the points for the question for using the correct unit, and the remaining 70% would be earned by answering with the correct significant figures.

Creating a Fill in the Blanks Question (FIB) in the quiz tool

BeachBoard recommends that the total weight of your answers equals 100%, but this is not required. For example, if the question has a Point value of 3, and the question contains 3 answers with a Weight (%) of 50%, 100%, and 33.33%, then the first answer is worth 1.5 points (50% of the question's Point value of 3), the second answer is worth 3 (100% of the question's Point value of 3), and the third answer is worth 1 (33.33% of the question's Point value of 3). Therefore, if a user answers all the answers correctly, the total points awarded for the question would be 5.5.

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
    Fill in the Blank Question screenshot
  3. Enter the text that appears before the first blank in the first Text field.
  4. Choose your blank size in the drop-down list.
  5. If you want to add more answers, click the  Add Answer.
  6. Enter a Weight (%) for each answer. The answer Weight (%) is a percentage of the assigned Point value for the question. For example, if the question has a Point value of 3, and the question contains 3 answers with a Weight (%) of 33.33% each, then each question is worth 1 point. (Each answer is worth 1/3 of the question's Point value.)
  7. Enter the text that appears after the first blank in the next Text field.
  8. If you want to add more text and blank options, click  Add Text  Add Blank.
  9. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating fill in the blank answer questions.
    Fill in the Blank Save screenshot

Note  When creating a survey, adding answers is not required.

Creating a Multi-Select Question (M-S) in the quiz tool

Use multi-select questions to have users identify several correct answers out of a list of possible answers.
Example: “Identify all of the prime numbers in the following list: 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15.”

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
  4. Use the Enumeration drop-down list to choose an enumeration style.
  5. Choose a display Style.
  6. Choose a marking format
    • All or nothing: Users receive full points for the question only if they select all of the correct answers and none of the incorrect answers. They receive zero points if they miss any correct answers or select any incorrect answers.
    • Right minus wrong: Users receive points equal to the number of right answers they choose minus the number of incorrect answers they choose. For example, if each answer is worth one point and a user selects 3 correct answers and 1 incorrect answer, they will receive 2 points for the question (3 minus 1).
      • Note: To determine how much each answer is worth, the system takes the total number of points that the question is worth and divides it by the number of correct answers. For example, if a question is worth 4 points and has two correct answers, each correct answer is worth 2 points, and each incorrect answer is worth -2 points (users receive a minimum of zero on a question: they cannot receive a negative mark).
    • Correct answers:Users receive points for each correct answer they select and for incorrect answers they leave blank. Incorrect answers selected and correct answers left blank are ignored.
      • Example: Consider a question with a total of six potential answers, two answers being correct (in this case, choices a) and b) are the correct choices). The total points available for this question is 4.
        Response Score
        a) checked

        b) checked

        c)

        d)

        e)

        f)
        They have answered all 6 questions correctly and get full marks: 4 points.
        a) checked

        b)

        c) checked

        d)

        e)

        f)
        They have answered 4/6 correctly and therefore receive a mark of 4/6 * 4 = 2.6667 points.
        a)check

        b)

        c)check

        d)check

        e)

        f)
        They have answered 3/6 correctly and therefore receive a mark of 3/6 * 4 = 2 points.
  7. Check the Randomize options box to display the answers in random order to each user.
    Multi-Select Question screenshot
  8. Type the answer options in the Options text boxes. Click Add Option to add more answer options, or click Remove to delete extra options.
  9. Check the boxes in the Correct column beside each of the correct answer options.
  10. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating multi-select answer questions.
    Multi-Select Question Save screenshot

Note: A check box labeled “None of the other options” is automatically added to every multi-select question in a quiz. If none of the answers to a multi-select question are checked as correct when the question is created, then the “None of the other options” choice is considered the correct answer. Users are unable to have the “None of the other options” box and other answer boxes checked at the same time. If no boxes are checked by a user the question is considered unanswered.

Creating a Matching Question (MAT) in the quiz tool

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
    MAT question screenshot
  4. Choose a Grading format:
    • Equally weighted: User receives marks for each correct answer.
    • All or nothing: User must have all the possible correct answers or else they receive no marks.
    • Right minus wrong: The number of right answers chosen is subtracted from the number of wrong answers chosen to get an overall mark for the question.
  5. Type the question choices in the text boxes. If you want to add more choices, click the Add Choice button.
    MAT choices screenshot
  6. Type the matches in the text boxes. If you want to add more choices, click the Add Match button.
  7. Use the drop-down list beside a match to select a corresponding choice number. This will create the matched pairs.
  8. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating matching answer questions.
    MAT save screenshot

Creating an Ordering Question (ORD) in the quiz tool

  1. Assign a Points value and a Difficulty level.
  2. Enter Question Text your in the text box.
  3. If you want to use an image in the question, click Add a File and select an image to include.
  4. Choose a Grading format:
    • Equally weighted: User receives marks for each correct answer.
    • All or nothing: User must have all the possible correct answers or else they receive no marks.
    • Right minus wrong: The number of right answers chosen is subtracted from the number of wrong answers chosen to get an overall mark for the question.
      ORD question screenshot
  5. Type in the question items in the text boxes. If you want to add more choices, click the Add Item button.
  6. Choose the correct order by using the drop-down lists.
  7. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page or click Save & New to continue creating ordering answer questions.
    ORD question save

Creating a Text Information Item in the quiz tool

Use this feature to create a question consisting of text only. You can use it to provide supplementary information on a quiz. For example, perhaps you have a case study you want to base several questions on. Instead of inserting the case study into each question, you can simply create a text information question and have your related questions appear directly underneath the text information question. Simply enter your information text in the text box and Save.

Creating a Image Information Item in the quiz tool

Use this feature to create a question consisting of an image only. You can use it to provide supplementary information on a quiz. For example, perhaps you have a diagram you want to refer to in several quiz questions. Instead of inserting the diagram into each question, you can simply create an image information question and have your related questions appear directly underneath the image information item.

Add a caption to an image

  1. Click Add a File and select the image you want to use.
  2. Enter a caption for the image.
  3. Click Save.
  Last Updated 7/5/12