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Question types

Due to the nature of online assessments, there is a wider variety of question types available compared to paper-based exams. This gives you as teaching staff more freedom in finding the most suitable question type for your subject matter. Further, if used appropriately, a wider variety of question types can make an exam more interesting and engaging for students. When authoring an assessment also consider other features that are available in Questionmark Perception, such as randomisation, branching or feedback on question/block/end of assessment level.

This is an overview of the different types of questions available in Questionmark Perception:

  1. Drag-and-drop
  2. Essay question
  3. Fill-in-the-blank
  4. Hotspot
  5. Matching
  6. Multiple choice
  7. Multiple response (score per choice)
  8. Knowledge matrix
  9. Survey matrix
  10. Likert scale
  11. Numeric question
  12. Pull-down list/drop-down list
  13. Select-a-blank
  14. Rank-in-order
  15. True/False
  16. Yes/No
  17. Word response/text match
  18. Job task analysis
  19. File upload
  20. Explanation
  • Drag-and-drop: the participant clicks and drags up to ten images into position. The feedback and score is dependant upon the final position of the images.

image depicts example of drag-and-drop question

  • Essay question: the participant answers by typing up to 30,000 characters of text. You may define what is right or wrong in advance by entering a list of acceptable answers or print out a report of the responses for manual grading. The logic can also allow scoring based on the presence or absence of keywords or key phrases. This question type is also used to solicit opinions or suggestions on a particular subject.

image depicts example of essay question

  • Fill-in-the-blank: the participant is presented with a statement where one or more words are missing and completes the missing words. The score can be determined from checking each blank against a list of acceptable words and can checked for misspelled words.

image depicts example of fill in the blank question

  • Hotspot: a participant clicks on a picture to indicate their choice. Depending upon their choice, certain feedback and grades will be assigned. A graphics editor is provided to simplify specifying the choice areas.

image depicts example of hotspot question

  • Matching: two series of statements/words are presented and the participant must match items from one list to items within the other list. See how to create one with an example here.
  • Multiple choice: the participant selects one choice from up to 40 possible answers. There is no limit to the length of each answer.

image depicts example fo multiple choice question

  • Multiple response (score per choice): similar to multiple choice except the participant is not limited to choosing one response; he/she can select none, one or more of the choices offered.

image depicts example of multiple response question

Matrix: this question type presents several multiple-choice questions together where the participant selects one choice for each statement or question presented. This question type is used to cross-relate responses from a single item.

  • Knowledge matrix:

image depicts example of knowledge matrix question

  • Survey matrix:

image depicts example of survey matrix question

  • Likert scale: the participant selects one of several options such as "strongly agree" through "strongly disagree" that are weighted with numbers to aid analysis of the results.

image depicts example of likert scale question

  • Numeric questions: a participant is prompted to enter a numeric value, and this may be scored as one value for an exact answer and another score if the response is within a range.

image depicts example of numeric question

  • Pull-Down List (drop-down list): a series of statements are presented and the participant can match these statements with a pull-down list.

image depicts example of pull down list question

  • Select-a-blank: the participant is presented with a statement where a word is missing; words can be selected from a pull-down list to indicate their answer.

image depicts example of select a blank question

  • Ranking (Rank in Order): a list of choices must be ranked numerically with duplicate matches not allowed.

image depicts example of ranking question

  • True/False: the participant selects "true" or "false" in response to the question.

image depicts example of true false question

  • Yes/No: the participant selects "Yes" or "No" in response to the question.

image depicts example of yes no question

  • Word response (text match): the participant types in a single word or a few words to indicate their answer. You define right or wrong words or phrases in advance by entering a list of acceptable answers. The grading logic can also allow scoring based on the presence or absence of keywords or key phrases and check for misspellings.

image depicts example of text match question

  • Job task analysis: suitable for individual assessments where students have to demonstrate that they master a perform a certain task, follow a procedure, negotiation/discussion etc. The form is filled in by the teacher to capture performance.

image depicts example of job task analysis

  • File upload:

image depicts example of file upload

  • Explanation: insert text or graphics for the participant to view prior to answering a series of questions (instructions, background information etc.).

image depicts example of explanation

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