Creating and editing questions

This article follows Tutorial 10: How to use the Quiz Builder so if it doesn’t immediately make sense, go back and read that article first.

Suppose that you have already started to create a quiz, but you could not find existing suitable questions from the database. You have decided to create one or more brand new questions of your own. Here is where you will start:

And here is what pops up:

Open the dropdown and you will see the question-type choices. Currently these are:

For the moment, let’s stick with simple choose-one multiple choice.

Very straightforward. It does not matter where you place the key (correct answer) because in presentation, its position will be randomised anyway. The tags are used for gap analysis within the quiz, and to help build/rebuild new quizzes in future.

Click “Save and add images”, and the popup will look like this:

You can see I have added the first two option images. I could have also/alternatively added an image for the question.

Save, and that’s it: the question is automatically added to your quiz.

Checkbox questions

Checkbox questions allow for multiple correct answers. Students score partial points for partially-correct answers.

It’s almost the same as the choose-one question type. The square checkboxes indicate that more than one item can be selected.

Cloze (gap-fill) questions

A Cloze question allows you to place a gap in the beginning, middle or end of a word sentence for the student to fill in.

  • The required response may be up to 10 characters long. Any longer and simple entry errors will render the summative results inaccurate. In fact, the optimum is just 3 characters.
  • Use part-words where you can.
  • Sometimes it is convenient for the author to put the answer in the title; in this case hide it from students with the provided checkbox.
  • Use the ‘Case-tolerant’ setting unless you are specifically testing for awareness of case.
  • Remember to include spaces before or after a response word.
  • You can include up to three acceptable responses, e.g. if you wish to allow for common misspellings.

Fuzzy-match Cloze

Very similar to a standard Cloze, except that the scoring engine is tolerant of misspellings and typos. Use this where you are concerned to test for the concept, not the exact spelling.

Note the space before “is” in the right hand panel. Without that the student would see their answer as “Indonesiais the country…”.

And now you are getting into authoring, it might be a good time to browse our other authoring resources.


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