Examples of quiz question types
  • 21 Jun 2022
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Examples of quiz question types


There are a range of question types available within the quiz module. The standard quiz question types are listed below with brief descriptions and examples.

Information on how to create these questions can be found on the Adding quiz questions page.

Please see administering question types for instructions on how to switch on/off certain question types at the site level.

Question typeDescriptionExample question

Multiple choice

Allows the selection of a single or multiple responses from a pre-defined list. The total grade must add up to 100%. If a single answer is correct, one answer must have the grade set to 100%.

MCQ question example - What kind of animal is a feline?

Multiple choice question example.

True/False

A simple form of multiple choice question with just the two choices, True and False.

True/False example question - Totara Learn is open source?

True of false question example.

Matching

Matching questions ask the learner to match multiple question stems to multiple possible answers.

Matching question example - Match these countries with their capitals.

Matching question example.

Short answer

Allows a response of one or a few words that is graded by comparing against various model answers, which may contain wildcards. You can use an asterisk (* ) to represent a wild card. For example, by typing in the answer as; hydrogen*oxygen the quiz would accept any of the following answers:

  • hydrogen, oxygen
  • hydrogen and oxygen
  • hydrogen & oxygen
  • hydrogen/ oxygen
  • hydrogen + oxygen
  • hydrogen; oxygen

Short answer example question - What elements make up water?

Short answer example.

Numerical

Allows a numerical response, possibly with units, that is graded by comparing against various model answers, possibly with tolerances.

Numerical question example - If I travel 100 miles in 2 hours, how fast am I traveling?

Numerical question example.

Essay

An essay question is a free-response text area where learners can enter larger blocks of text in response to your question. These questions are not scored by the system and require manual grading.

Essay example question - Describe the key differences between ice cream and gelato.

Essay question example.

Calculated

Calculated questions are like numerical questions but with the numbers used selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.

Calculated question example - What is {a}+{b}?

Calculated question example.

Calculated multi-choice

Calculated multi-choice questions are like multi-choice questions which choice elements can include formula results from numeric values that are selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.

Calculated multichoice question example - Calculate the area of a rectangle where l = {A}cm and h = {B}cm.

Calculated multichoice question example.

Calculated simple

A simpler version of calculated questions which are like numerical questions but with the numbers used selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken.

Calculated simple question example - . If I have {kittens} kittens and pet insurance costs £5 per animal - how much do I have to spend on pet insurance in total?

Calculated simple example question.

Drag and drop into text

Missing words in the question text are filled in using drag and drop.

Drag and drop into text example question - This is an example of a ____. It starts with a ____ and ends with a ____.

Drag and drop into text example question.

Drag and drop markers

Markers are dragged and dropped onto a background image.

Drag and drop marker example question - Label the colours of the rainbow.

Drag and drop markers example question.

Drag and drop onto image

Images or text labels are dragged and dropped into drop zones on a background image.

Drag and drop onto image question example - Label the parts of the skeleton.

Drag and drop onto image question example.

Embedded answers (Cloze)

These consist of a passage of text that has various answers embedded within it, including multiple choice, short answers, and numerical answers. The editor has been modified and allows you to test if your syntax is good. You can click Decode and verify the question text to test it.

Embedded answers (Cloze) example question - Match the following cities with the correct state.

Embedded answers (Cloze) question example.

Random short-answer matching

Like a Matching question, but created randomly from the short answer questions in a particular category.

Random short-answer matching example question - Answer these questions about New Zealand.

Random short-answer matching question example.

Select missing words

Missing words in the question text are filled in using dropdown menus.

Select missing words question example - Roses are ___ and violets are ___.

Select missing words example question.

Description

This is not a question and instead allows you to show some text (and possibly graphics) without requiring an answer. It is more of a label than a question type and may act as an introduction to a new section or may contain a resource (such as a video) that will be the basis for further questions.

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