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For most text-entry fields in each question type, you can use the full features of the fckEditor toolbar.

There are several fields common to all question types in the assessment tool.

  • Question Name: provides a reference point for the question.
  • Question Text: specifies the actual question to answer.
  • Default Question Grade: specifies the 'value' or 'weighting' of a question. By default, this is set to 1.
  • Penalty Factor: This is applied to the final result for each incorrect attempt a learner makes at the question.
    For example, if the learner gets a correct response on their second attempt, the final mark will be 0.9 out of 1 (with the default values).
  • General Feedback: General Feedback is shown to all learners regardless of their response. If you choose to use this field, best practice is to explain what the question was asking for, or what knowledge was being targeted by the question.
  • Overall Feedback: These fields allow authors to give targeted feedback for Correct, Partially Correct and Incorrect responses. Use of Overall Feedback can can assist learners who got the question wrong to better understand their results, encourage partially correct students, and reward Correct students.
Multiple Choice

This question type presents learners with a question and several possible answers.

  • One or Multiple Answers?: Specific to Multiple Choice, this either allows learners to select one or several responses respectively from the answers to the question. The final mark for each question will be averaged from the responses selected.
  • Answer Field: Specifies the available choices to choose from. You can use the full extent of the fckEditor toolbar for the answers.
    • Grade: You can choose variable grades for each choice.
      • In cases where one response is 'correct', select 100% for that question and None for all others.
      • In a case where learners need to select two correct responses out of five, each correct response should be 50% of the total value.
        To add a new choice to the question, click the button + Add Blank Option
Matching Pairs

This question type presents learners with two lists, which they have to align in the correct sets.

  • Shuffle the Choices?: When enabled, this option randomises the order in which the pair choices are displayed.
  • Question Field: This field contains the initial or 'static' list for pairing. You can use the full extent of the fckEditor to insert text, sounds, images or video.
  • Answer Field: This is the 'matching' list, which presents to the learners as a drop-down menu. Only text entry is allowed.

To add a new pair to the question, click the button + Add Blank Matching Pair

Short Answer

This question type allows learners to write a short response to a question. Their response is then searched for specific words or phrases to create the final question mark.

  • Case Sensitivity: defines whether or not the case of student responses is counted in the search. By default, case is not important.
  • Answer Field: defines the text to search for in the learner's response to the question.
    • Grade: each word or phrase can be given a different grade.
    • Feedback: feedback for each word or phrase can be given independently.

To add additional answers to the question, click the button + Add Blank Answer


The Numerical question type is ideal for mathematics based questions, as it allows learners to submit a number as their answer, as well as customise the acceptable error rate for each response.

  • Answer Field: defines the base answer for the question. (eg, 245)
    • Accepted error: defines how far either side of the base answer will be counted as correct. (eg, if error rate is 2, then correct answers will be accepted as 243 - 247)
    • Grade: different grades can be assigned to different answers.
    • To add additional answers to the question, click the button + Add Blank Answer

Units: specifies how unit suffixes affect the learners responses.
For example: if the question was for measurement, then m (for metres) would be the first unit with a 1.0 multiplier, and cm (centimetres) would be the second unit, with a multiplier of 0.01.
In this case, 10m and 1,000cm would be treated as the same response.

    • To add additional units to the question, click the button + Add Blank Unit

The True or False question type presents learners with a statement that must be classified as either true or false.

  • Correct Answer: specifies either 'True' or 'False' as the correct answer.
    Authors can also give targeted feedback to learners based on their chosen response.

The essay question type requires learners to submit an extended text-based response to a question.
The essay must then be reviewed and graded by a sequence monitor.


The ordering question type presents learners with a list of possible answers which they must move into an ordered state.
The answers are entered in the authoring environment in the 'ordered' state, and are then shuffled by the assessment tool for presentation to learners.