Multiple Choice: Standard Question Type


Create a multiple choice question to assess your students’ ability to select the most correct option(s) from several possible answers.

Question Setup

Write your question in Question Setup, and enter possible answers into each Options field.

Click +Option to add additional choices to the question. Click the x to the right of an option field to remove choices from the question.


Use the Rich Text Editor which appears when you click into the field to apply formatting such as bold and italics, or to insert images or tables. Hover your mouse over the individual icons to view the tooltip explaining the function of each button.


Check Distractor Rationale under the Options to add rationales to each answer option. This is not a student feedback feature. This field is designed as instructor feedback on students’ incorrect responses. If you have AMP, the Distractor Rationale will appear alongside student responses on Item Analysis reports.


Correct Answer Setup & Scoring Options

Select the correct answer in Correct Answer Setup.


Check Multiple Responses to enable students to choose more than one option when answering the question. You may choose to enable this if your question asks the students to "Choose all that apply," for example.


Check Shuffle Options to randomize the order in which the options appear to each student while taking the assessment.


Click the + button at the top of the Correct Answer Setup area to enable an additional permutation of choices that are at least partially correct.


Click into the percentage field to the right of the additional answer to determine whether the alternate answer is worth partial credit and to set the percentage of possible points students can receive for this answer accordingly.


Use the Layout drop-down menu to select the answer option layout. The choices are: Standard, Block, and Radio button under option. Use the Number of columns box to enter the number of columns you would like in the answer option layout.



Layout Examples:





Enter Author Notes to explain why certain choices are incorrect, or why you chose to allocate a certain percentage of possible points to alternate answers. If you have edit access to a question, you will see this field. This information will not display to students.


Align Learning Objectives

Click Learning Objectives to open the Learning Objectives browser window.


Click Browse/Search to find and add specific objectives.

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Click Manage for objectives already aligned to the question.


To see how the question will appear to a student taking it in an assessment, click Preview Question.


To exit the preview screen and return to the question editor, click Edit Question.


Once you are finished editing the question, click Save.


Review this video for guidance on the basics of creating Multiple Choice questions.




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