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Multiple Answer Questions

Multiple answer questions allow students to choose more than one answer. Use this type of question when more than one answer is correct. For example, in the medical field, this type of question could be used to select symptoms associated with a medical condition.

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How to Create a Multiple Answer Question

  1. Access a test, survey, or pool. To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the action bar, point to Create Question to access the drop-down list.
  3. Select Multiple Answer.
  4. Type the Question Text. Optionally, you can use the content editor to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups.
  5. The default number of answers is 4. If you want to increase this, select the Number of Answers from the drop-down list. To reduce the number of answers, click Remove next to the answer boxes to delete them. A multiple answer question cannot have fewer than 2 answers, or more than 20.
  6. Complete the Answer box for each answer.
  7. Select the correct answers by clicking the Correct check box for each answer.
  8. Optionally, type feedback for correct and incorrect answers.
  9. Click Submit.


Which of the following are viable methods for traveling from London to Paris?

  1. air
  2. ferry
  3. walk
  4. rail

How to Specify Partial or Negative Credit

You can specify partial or negative credit for Multiple Answer questions. Partial credit rewards students whose answer demonstrates incomplete mastery of the material. Use negative credit to discourage guessing.

You must enable the options to specify partial or negative credit on the Question Settings page to use them for individual questions.

Follow these steps to specify partial or negative credit for Multiple Answer questions.

The option to allow negative scores will not appear unless you selected the option to allow partial credit.

  1. On the Test Canvas, create or edit a Multiple Answer question.
  2. In the Options section, select the Allow Partial Credit check box.
  3. Optionally, select the Allow Negative Scores for Incorrect Answers check box. This option appears after you select Allow Partial Credit.
  4. In the Partial Credit % text box below each incorrect answer, type a value for partial credit. This number is read as a percent. For example, typing 50 will give the student 50% of the question’s possible points for selecting that answer. Zero is an acceptable value.
  5. To assign negative credit to an answer, type a negative number in the Partial Credit % text box. For example, typing -50 will subtract 50% of the question’s possible points from a student’s total grade for selecting that answer. Zero is an acceptable value.
  6. Click Submit.

Related Tutorials   video  Creating a Multiple Answer Question  (Flash movie | 3m 35s)