Question Types (updated)

I spotted a conversation between Dave and Dafydd over on the forum, about question types in quizzes. These guys are two of Yacapaca’s most prolific authors, so if they don’t know, we have clearly not got the message across. So for reference, here’s the complete list. Bookmark it now for future reference!


The Yacapaca assessment question types


AKA “select your answer”. The original multiple choice question. Two to six options.


Two to six checkboxes, none, some or all of which need to be selected to earn the mark. Students earn half a mark for one incorrect box, quarter mark for two, and so forth.


AKA “gap fill”. You can specify multiple correct answers, and also target specific incorrect answers with feedback relevant to that particular mistake. Matching methods include case-tolerant and fuzzy match.

Multiple Choice Cloze

Students drag one out of two to six option words into a sentence.

Pair match (Drag’n’drop)

Students match two to six pairs of items. You can also use this to test for sequence.


Students place up to 6 items in sequence. Part-marks are earned for partially correct answers.


Students select a point on an image such as a map or diagram. Selection inside the area you define earns the point.

Short Text

Student answers can be up to 100 words long, and are marked using artificial intelligence. You will find Short Text questions in our Premium courses, but they are not available for your own authoring due to the complexity of setup.

Long Text

Student answers may be essays, images or videos. Peer marked using Structured Peer Assessment. Long Text assignments are not part of quizzes, but are separately assignable from within our Premium courses. They are not available for your own authoring due to the complexity of setup.


Improve comprehension by re-stating ‘not’ questions into positives

Here is a question from our database, with one of its distractors (incorrect answers), and a feedback statement written by a student:
Question Distractor Feedback statement written by student
Which one of the following is not a network topology? Bus Bus is not a network topology.
Do you see the problem? ‘Bus’ is indeed a network topology. By stating the question in the negative, the distractor becomes a double negative – ‘bus’ is NOT NOT a network topology. And guess wha Continue reading

Understanding checkbox questions

Understanding checkbox questions

John Davies from Kings School in Gütersloh asked me today about the scoring for Checkbox questions. It’s not obvious because the colour-coding in the Detail markbook is simply red or green, leading one to assume that a question would score a simple 1 or 0. But not so. A Checkbox can return a partial mark.


A Checkbox question is a list of items. For each item, the student must answer whether or not it fulfils a certain condition. In the example screenshot here, it’s whether the Continue reading