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Multiple Choice Questions

Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. Tests are always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

Multiple Choice questions

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about creating Multiple Choice questions.

With Multiple Choice questions, students select one correct answer from several choices.

Use Multiple Answer Questions to create questions with more than one answer.

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Create a Multiple Choice question

  1. Access a test, survey, or pool. From the Create Question menu, select Multiple Choice.
  2. Type the Question Text.
  3. Select Answer Numbering and Answer Orientation from the menus or leave the defaults.
  4. The default number of choices is 4. If you want to increase this, select the Number of Answers from the menu. To reduce the number of answers, select Remove next to the answer boxes to delete them. A Multiple Choice question must have at least 2 answers and no more than 100 answers.
  5. Type an answer in each box.
  6. Select the option for one correct answer.
  7. Optionally, type feedback for correct and incorrect answers. If you allowed partial credit, answers that are partially correct will receive the feedback for an incorrect answer.
  8. 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 Multiple Choice questions. Partial credit rewards students whose answer demonstrates 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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ULTRA: Multiple Choice/Multiple Answer questions

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating Multiple Choice questions.

With Multiple Choice questions, students select one correct answer from several choices.

You can also create Multiple Choice questions that have multiple correct answers.

Multiple Choice and Multiple Answer questions are graded automatically. If a test only has this type of question, the test scores are posted automatically for students to view. If you include multiple correct answers for a question, you can choose to give partial or negative credit in the case of mixed answers.

Create a Multiple Choice/Multiple Answer question

When you create a new test, select Add Question to open the Add Question panel and select Multiple Choice.

The Test Content area opens where you type the question and answers. Questions have a default value of 10 points. Select the points box to type a new value.

Next to the four default answer boxes, you can delete answer boxes you don't need, for example, for a True/False question. If you want more than four answer boxes, select Add Choice. You can add as many answer boxes as you need. Select the Move icon to move an answer.

Each Multiple Choice question must have at least two answer choices and one or more correct answers. You can choose how to score questions that have multiple answers.

You can use the functions in the editor to format the text.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

To help keep your test content organized, you can add files within individual questions. Point your cursor to the space between the question text and the answer boxes. Select the plus sign to add more text, upload a file from your computer, or choose a file from your OneDrive. To edit the files you added, enter edit mode for the question.

ULTRA: Add, edit, and delete questions

After you add the first question, select the plus sign wherever you want to add another question, type text, or upload a file. You can add as many text blocks and files as you want.

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Students see the content just as you see it, without the editing options.

To change the value of an existing question, select the score pill and type a new value. You can also select the More options icon to access the question options and select Edit or Delete. You can also select a question or answer to enable edit mode.

You can edit the text of any question or answer, even after students have made submissions. After submissions exist, you can't add new questions, delete any question, edit the values, or change the correct answers.

Enter edit mode to edit the files you previously added to the question, or to add more. The More options icon appears next to any files you added to the question. Select Edit to choose to display the file as an attachment or inline if your browser allows, and to add alternative text to improve accessibility. Select Delete to remove the file from the question.

You can align goals with individual test questions to help your institution measure achievement. Select the More options icon next to the question, and select Align with Goal. After you make the test available, students can view information for the goals you align with tests and questions so that they know your expectations.

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