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Question Sets

A question set is a collection of questions retrieved from selected tests and pools.You specify how many questions to display in the set. The specific questions displayed are randomly chosen each time the test is taken.

For each question set, you can specify:

  • The pools and tests that it will draw from.
  • The type of questions to draw from.
  • The number of questions to draw from.

If the number of questions you choose to display is less than the list of questions—for example, 3 out of 50—then the questions are randomly distributed so that each user may be viewing a different set of three questions. You can choose to display the same questions to all users by selecting all the questions listed.

How to Create Question Sets

  1. Access a test. To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Test Canvas page, point to Reuse Question and click Create Question Set.
  3. In the pop-up window, search for questions in the Browse Criteria panel.
  4. Select the questions to include in the test. You can also select the check box in the header row to select all the currently displayed questions.
  5. Review your selected questions.
  6. Click Submit.

How to Add or Delete Questions in a Question Set

To add questions to the set:

  1. On the Test Canvas page, locate the question set and click Questions in the Set to expand it.
  2. To add questions to the set, click Add Questions. In the pop-up window, use the criteria to find and select the questions to add to the question set. You do not need to reselect the questions already in the question set. This procedure adds questions to what is already present.
  3. Review your selected questions and click Submit.

To delete questions from the set:

  • Select the questions to be removed and click Remove Question. This action does not delete the original linked source for the question.

Use Question Sets in Tests

In a test, a question set shows the total number of questions in the set, and the currently set number of questions to display to a student taking the test. The default is one.

You can change the number in the Number of Questions to display box. To be sure students are presented with a different question set each time, type a number less than the total number of questions.

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In the Points per question box, type the points students can earn for each question in the set. For example, if you set it to 10, and the question set presents 2 out of 5 questions, the question set has a total of 20 points that students can earn for correct answers. You cannot assign separate point values for individual questions in the same question set.

Because of the randomized format of question sets, use caution when referring to specific question content or numbering, as the questions displayed will change with each attempt.