Ordering: Standard Question Type


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

Question Setup

Enter your questions or instructions in the Question Setup field.  Then, enter the terms you would like students to arrange in each Options field. Click +Option to add additional choices to the question. Click the x to the right of an option field to remove the choice from the question.


! Important Note: Do not create an ordering question with the list of Options already in the correct order. If the student does not need to move any of the items to correctly sort them in sequential order, the assessment system will not recognize that the student has answered the question.

Correct Answer Setup & Scoring Options

The terms you enter in the Options field in Question Setup auto-populate under Correct Answer Setup. Here, drag and drop the options into the correct sequential order.


Once you have established the correct order, choose your Scoring Type for the question.


Check Exact Match to require that students order the options in the correct sequence. This option allocates 100% of the possible points for all items in the correct order, and zero points if one or more of the items is not in the correct sequential order.

Check Partial Match to award points relative to the number of "slots" students correctly fill in the ordered list. If the Scoring Type is set to Partial Match, the formula for scoring the question is:

(Value of possible points * percentage of possible points in the % field / # items in the list)


(the # of items in the correct "slot" in the list)

Partial pairwise: Responses are compared in pairs to determine the score.

Click the + button at the top of the Correct Answer Setup area to enable an additional order that is 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. 


If you create an additional Correct Answer tab, the formula for scoring the question remains the same but instead will use the modified percentage field for the points received calculation:

Value of points in the % field / # items in the list)


(the # of items in the correct “slot” in the list)

Select a Layout from the drop-down menu to determine how the options will appear to students.


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 Ordering questions.




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