How do I create a Multiple Choice question?

The Multiple Choice question type in an assessment provides pre-written choices from which the test taker can select. The correct response can be restricted to one selection, or correct responses can be designated as multiple selections.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

Select Tests & Quizzes from the site tool menu.

Select an assessment.

Questions may be added to any assessment. Select an existing assessment or create a new one.

Note: Questions can also be added directly to a question pool.

Create a New Assessment.

Select Add.

For more information on creating new assessments, see How do I create an assessment?

Or edit an existing assessment.

From the Add Question drop-down menu, select Multiple Choice.

Enter a point value.

Enter the point value for this question. Questions may be worth any point value you choose.  

Tip: Keep in mind that the point value of all the questions in the assessment will equal the point value of the assessment in the Gradebook. So, if you want your assessment to be worth a total of 100 points, you should assign point values to your questions accordingly.

Display points?

To display the point value of a question while a submission is in progress select the radio button for Yes.  To hide the point value for the question or if there is no applicable point value for the question, select the radio button for No.

Minimum Point Value. (Optional)

This option specifies a certain number of points that is awarded automatically to every test taker who attempts the question, regardless whether or not the test taker selects the correct answer.

Extra Credit. (Optional)

Selecting this option designates a question as extra credit. This means that the points awarded for this question are not treated as part of the total points for the assessment, and there are no points deducted for skipping this question or answering incorrectly. Instead, users answering correctly will receive the Extra Credit question point value added on top of their total points earned in the assessment.

Choose the answer configuration.

Single correct.

A single correct answer grants all of the points to that selection.  Selecting that configuration reveals a field for optional designation of negative points incurred for any single incorrect selection.

Multiple Correct, Single Selection

A multiple correct, single selection answer grants all of the points to more than one single selection.

If more than one of the answer selections is correct, then each can be checked, and a student who checks either of those selections (via check boxes) earns all of the points. An example is shown above.

Multiple Correct, Multiple Selection

A multiple correct, multiple selection answer requires several selections and allows different policies for granting the points.

  • The option Right Less Wrong means that the points possible will be reduced by each box checked incorrectly, either affirmed for a selection that should not be included, or left empty for a selection that should be included in the correct answers.
  • The option All or Nothing means that all points are granted for a fully correct answer only; any other combination of affirmed and empty check boxes earns no points.

Add Question Text.

Type the question into the text box provided.  

Note: You may also use the Rich Text Editor by clicking on the Show All Rich-Text Editors link.

Add attachment. (Optional)

Click Add Attachments to browse for and select a file attachment if desired.

Enter the question answers.

  1. Type the answers in the text boxes provided.
  2. Indicate the correct answer by selecting the appropriate letter in the Correct Answer column.  
  3. (Optional) For more possible answers, choose a number from the drop-down list Insert Additional Answers.

Tip: To expand or shrink the text boxes, drag the corners.

Choose whether or not to randomize answers (for multiple choice).

The default setting is No for randomizing the order of answers in a submission attempt. For the answer choices to appear in a random order each time a test taker attempts the assessment, select Yes.  

Tip: Remember that if the answer choices contain phrasing like "all of the above" or "A and B are correct," randomizing the order could cause confusion with the answer key.

Choose whether or not to require rationale.

The default setting is No for requiring rationale. To require test takers write an explanation for why they chose a particular response, select Yes.  

Assign to part. (Optional)

If there are multiple parts in the assessment, assign the question to a different part..

Assign to pool. (Optional)

To copy this question to an existing question pool, select the pool name from the drop-down menu.

Add answer feedback. (Optional)

Feedback is optional text available for the test taker to review after the particular question is graded. For matching questions, the feedback option is offered for correct and/or incorrect answers, if desired.

Select Save.

Select Save to save the question (or Cancel to exit).