Beginners’ guide to multiple-choice questions

These are the absolute basic basics of how a “choose-one” type multiple choice question works, for new authors. Here is a typical question:

The components are: the STEM (question); typically 4 OPTIONS (aka FOILS), comprising the KEY (the right answer) and 3 DISTRACTORS (the wrong answers).

The stem (question). Make sure you Continue reading

Understanding checkbox questions

Understanding checkbox questions

John Davies from Kings School in G├╝tersloh 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