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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 under Adding quiz questions.

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%.

True/False

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

Matching

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

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

Numerical

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

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.

Calculated

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

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 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.

Drag and drop into text

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

Drag and drop markers

Markers are dragged and dropped onto a background image.

Drag and drop onto image

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

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.

Random short-answer matching

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

Select missing words

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

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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The Totara Academy has two courses dedicated to using Quizzes in Totara Learn - Getting Started with Quizzes and Advanced Quiz.

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