Test/Quiz Question Types

This article reviews the different question types on test/quizzes, as well as question-level settings:

Question Types

Question-level Settings

Question Types


True/False question types are useful for assessing whether your students understand the validity of a statement, or to ask a question with binary answer options.

Customize the text displayed for the 'true' and 'false' options by clicking into the Text for "True" and Text for "False" text boxes to enter alternative binary answer choices.

Opt to have the 'false' option require a correction by checking Require a correction if False. If the user correctly marks 'false' but incorrectly enters the correct phrase, the question will receive 50 percent of the question's points. 

Multiple Choice

Type your question into the text box, and enter the possible answers into the Choice fields below. Check Correct Answer next to the row or rows you consider to be acceptable answers.

To grant full points for any choice marked as a Correct Answer, check Correct Answer. To grant partial credit for any choice marked a Correct Answer, check Correct Answer and check Allow Partial Credit.

Click Randomize Choice to scramble the order in which the answer choices appear for each student. 

You can mark multiple choices as a Correct Answer if you would like students to select multiple choices. 

Students will only be able to click multiple choices on one question if you have marked more than one choice as correct when creating the question.


Ordering questions evaluate students' ability to put items in a sequential order. 

Ordering questions only marks the group of answers with the highest number of consecutive correct answers.

 For example, if there are 10 items and the student orders:

  • The first five correct
  • The middle two incorrect
  • The last three correct

As long as you have partial credit enabled, Schoology will grade the response as 5/10, since five is the largest number of consecutive correct answers.

If you do not have partial credit enabled, the student would receive a zero.

 When partial credit is enabled, you have the option to set a minimum continuous sequence.

If your minimum continuous sequence is two, for example, and the student correctly guesses that the first answer is A and the last answer is Z, but all of the answers in between A-Z are wrong,  the answer will be marked incorrect and the student will receive a zero because the student was unable to get two consecutive correct answers. (Even though he or she correctly identified A as the first item and Z as the last).

However, if you would like to consider this as a correct answer, you can override the score.

In the example below, partial credit is enabled on this Ordering question. There are seven items that the student must correctly order, with the minimum continuous sequence set to 3, and the overall question is worth 10 points. Since the student put 4/7 of the items in the correct order, this score is multiplied by the 10 total points of the question for a score of 5.71/10.


Short Answer/Essay

Add a short answer/essay question to asses your students' abilities to reason, create, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate the material.

When creating a Short Answer/Essay question, check Character Limit to put a cap on the length of students' responses.

Check Allow rich-text answers for students to give access to Rich Text features like the Equation Editor to students while they are taking the test. 

Enterprise users can enable Allow video or audio answers for students to allow for audio or video recordings in question responses. 

Note: Video and audio answers are only available to Enterprise users who are using a browser to access Schoology. This feature is not available on the mobile app.

Grading Short Answer/Essay Questions

Short Answer/Essay questions are subjective questions, and are the only question type that will not be automatically graded by default. As the Course Admin, you must manually enter a score for each student's response on each short answer/essay question.

Add a rubric to a Short Answer/Essay question to evaluate your students' responses on the individual essay question. Select an existing rubric from the dropdown menu on the question, or select Create New.

Check Show to students if you would like your students to be able to view the rubric while answering the question.

If you check Show to students, when your students are taking the test, they can click Show Rubric when they get to the Short Answer/Essay question to see the criteria on which they will be graded. See the student's perspective of a short answer/essay question with a rubric below:

Grade students’ answers by clicking on the Results tab of the test/quiz. Click View Attempts next to a student’s name. Then click the gear icon to the right of the submission and select View/Edit.

Click on the rubric icon next to the short answer/essay question to grade the question using the rubric. Click on each cell to grade each criterion, then click Save.

The student’s answer will then have a rubric score, which will be the sum of the scores on each criterion on the rubric out of the total number of possible points on the rubric. The rubric score will then be converted to an equivalent percentage of the question’s points to score the question.



In order to generate a blank when creating this question type, type one underscore into the textbox. Each underscore in the text box will correspond to an answer blank below.

 Add additional underscores if you want to have multiple blanks in the question.


Click Add an Answer below the answer blank to add additional possible answers for one blank in the question.


Note: When exporting tests or quizzes from your Resources area–for example, if you aren't teaching the same course at the same school again next year, and want to take your content with you–Fill-in-the-blank questions that include more than one blank are not available in the current version of Common Cartridge that is exported. 


Use matching question to assess your students' abilities to identify pairs.

Enter instructions in the text box, and then enter each question/answer pair in the rows below.

  • Click the up/down arrows to the right of the question to rearrange the order of the question/answer pairs
  • If an answer is used more than once, it will only be displayed once to the student (for example, if you want multiple questions to point to the same answer).
  • Questions will appear in the order you define; answers will be shuffled.

Note: When exporting tests or quizzes from your Resources area–for example, if you aren't teaching the same course at the same school again next year, and want to take your content with you–Matching questions are not available in the current version of Common Cartridge that is exported. 

Question-Level Settings

Timed questions

All question types have the option to be timed questions. By checking this box, you can set a time limit, in minutes, to require that students answer a specific question within a set amount of time. 

Checking Timed Question while creating a question will automatically format your test/quiz test so that there is only one question per page.

After the time limit passes, the test automatically goes to the next question. When a test/quiz has at least once question with a time limit, students no longer have the ability to review any of the questions before they submit. If students click the Back button in the browser to attempt to go back to the timed question after the time limit has passed, they will be forced to either start over (if multiple attempts are enabled) or submit the test/quiz prematurely.

If the last question of a test is a timed question, the test is automatically submitted once the time runs out. 

Show feedback 

To incorporate automated feedback or provide explanations to students about the correct and incorrect answers to students on each question after they submit a test/quiz, check Show Feedback on individual questions. 

You must set View Submissions in the test/quiz Settings to Yes in order for students to be able to view feedback. 

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