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Matching Questions

This information applies only to the Original Course View.

With Matching questions, students pair items in one column to items in another column. You may include 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 match each animal with the correct diet.

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, four points are earned.

Create a Matching question

  1. Access a test, survey, or pool. From the Create Question menu, select Matching.
  2. Type the Question Text.
  3. Select Answer Numbering from the menu or leave the default.
  4. Select the Number of Questions from the menu. The default number of question items is 4 and the maximum is 100. If you want less than 4 question items, you can select Remove above a question's editor.
  5. Type question and answer sets.
  6. Optionally, you can select Add unmatched answer choices and choose a number to increase the question’s difficulty.
  7. For Answer Order, you can choose Randomly or manually press and drag answers to the positions you want them to appear.
  8. Optionally, type feedback for correct and incorrect answers.
  9. Select Submit and Create Another or Submit to add the question to the test.

Partial and negative credit

You can allow partial and negative credit for Matching questions. Partial credit rewards students whose answers demonstrate incomplete mastery of the material. You type the partial credit percentage for each answer. Use negative credit to discourage guessing. You can allow negative scores for incorrect answers and for the question.

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 won't appear unless you selected the option to allow partial credit.

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