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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 and click Matching.
  3. Type the Question Text.
  4. Select the Options, such as how answers are numbered or whether to allow partial credit.
  5. 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.
  6. Type question-answer sets in the Question/Answer Pair boxes.
  7. Optionally, you can select Add unmatched answer choices and specify a number to increase the question’s difficulty.
  8. For Answer Order, drag answers to the positions you want them to appear.
  9. Optionally, type feedback for correct and incorrect answers, and question metadata. To learn more, see Question Metadata.
  10. Click Submit and Create Another -OR- Submit to add the question to the test.

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

To learn more, see How to Assign Partial Credit and How to Use Negative Points.