Creating and Editing Matching Answers Questions

You may have reached the question editor screen by choosing Create New Question, or by using Manage Questions to edit an existing question.

Step One: Basic Question Settings

Start by entering basic information about your question.

Enter Question ID. This name will be used to identify your question. Try to use something that will help you to remember what the question is about, so that you can find it again if you need to change it later. The Question ID cannot contain spaces, only letters, numbers and the underscore character.

Choose a section. If you have more than one section in your quiz, you can assign the question to a section here. If you haven't created sections yourself, the question will be assigned to the DEFAULT section. You can change section assignments later using the Manage Questions feature.

Assign marks. Enter the number of marks to be awarded if the student answers the question correctly. When you enter the total marks of a matching answer question, YQuiz shows you how much each match is worth based on the number of matches that are currently in the question. If you add or remove matches, this figure will be updated.

Choose marking scheme. Choose whether the student must get all matches correct before any marks are awarded, or whether the student will be awarded partial marks for each correct match.

Step Two: Enter Question, Matches & Choices

Next, enter the question and choices.

Enter description. Enter descriptive text to introduce your question. Tips on entering text

Enter links and images. Fields are provided for adding a link to a web page or an image to your question. Enter the complete URL (web address) for the page or image in the box provided. How to find the web address of an image.

  • Link description. This text will be shown as the linked text on the quiz page. If you don't enter a Link Description, the web address will be displayed and linked.
  • Image description. This text will be used as the alternative text for the image if it fails to load, or for students using a screen reader or text-only display.

Enter matches. In the quiz as seen by students, "matches" will appear in a list below the question description. YQuiz starts with four matches for the question. Tips on entering text

  • Remove and add more matches. Click these buttons if you want more or fewer matches for this question.
  • Remove empty matches. When finished entering matches, remove any matches that remain empty.

Enter Choices. In the quiz as seen by students, all of the "choices" will appear in a pop-up menu below each match. YQuiz starts with four choices for the question.

  • Keep choice text brief. Choices are displayed in a single line in the pop-up menu. Try to keep choice text brief enough to display easily on even a small screen.
  • Remove and add more choices. Click these buttons if you want more or fewer choices for this question.
  • Remove empty choices. When finished entering choices, remove any choices that remain empty.

Indicate correct answers. In the Matches area, select the correct choice for each match from the pop-up menu. The choices are indicated here by their label (Choice 1, Choice 2, etc.), but when the question is displayed to students, they will see the text of each choice, not the label.

Do I have to have an equal number of matches and choices?

No. You can have a question with an unequal numbers of matches and choices. You can include more choices than matches to make the question more difficult. Or you can have fewer choices than matches if the same answer applies to more than one match.

Step Three: Add comments and feedback

You must set Check Answers and Show Question Comments to Yes in the Quiz Settings for question comments and feedback to be displayed. Any of the comments can be left blank for any question, even if you have chosen to display comments. Tips on entering text

General comments. This is a comment about the question. Students will see this comment whether they answered the question correctly or incorrectly.

Feedback for a correct answer. Students will see this comment only if they answered the question correctly.

Feedback for an incorrect answer. Students will see this comment only if they answered the question incorrectly.

Step Four: Create or Save

Click Create Question (or Save) to update the question in your quiz file.

The question is not updated in your quiz file until you Create or Save it.

If you want to change the question later, you can edit it using the Manage Questions feature.

Previewing Your Question

To see what your questions look like, try the quiz yourself. Go to the Quiz Setup page and click on the Quiz Location link.