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Matching Questions

Matching questions allow students to pair items in one column to items in another column. You may include a different numbers of questions and answers in a matching question. For example, the question may include a list of animals and a list of food they eat (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore). Students would match each animal with their diet.

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Students are granted partial credit for matching questions if they answer part of the question correctly. For example, if the question is worth eight points and a student gives the correct answers for half of the matches, they will receive four points.

How to Create a Matching 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 Matching.
  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. Select the Options, such as how answers are numbered or whether to allow partial credit.
  6. Select the Number of Questions from the drop-down list. The default number of question items is 4 and the maximum is 100. If you want less than 4 question items, you can click Remove in a Question/Pair Answer box.
  7. Type question-answer sets in the Question/Answer Pair text boxes.
  8. Optionally, you can select Add unmatched answer choices and specify a number to increase the question’s difficulty.
  9. For Answer Order, drag answers to the positions you want them to appear.
  10. Optionally, type the Correct Response Feedback that appears in response to a correct answer and the Incorrect Response Feedback for an incorrect answer.
  11. Optionally, add question metadata in the Categories and Keywords section. To learn more, see Adding Question Metadata.
  12. Click Submit and Create Another -OR- Submit to add the question to the test.

How to Specify Partial or Negative Credit

You can specify partial or negative credit for Matching 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.

Use the following steps to specify partial or negative credit for Matching 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 Matching 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 to assign penalties for incorrect answers
  4. Optionally, select the Allow Negative Overall Score for the Question check box to allow a negative total for the question. Selecting this option means that a student could earn a score below zero for the question.
  5. Partial credit is automatically distributed to equal 100%. To change the distribution, type a number in the Partial Credit % text box below each question/answer pair. This number is read as a percent. For example, typing 25 will give the student 25% of the question’s possible points for selecting that match. Zero is an acceptable value, but the total partial credit percentages must add up to 100. Click Update Partial Credit % to redistribute the values evenly.
  6. To assign negative credit to an answer, type a negative number in the Negative Credit % text box. For example, typing -25 will subtract 25% of the question’s possible points from a student’s total grade for selecting that match. Zero is an acceptable value.
  7. Click Submit.