Matching: Standard Question Type


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

Question Setup

Write your question or instructions in the Question Setup area. Enter the terms to display on one side of the pairs in the Prompts column, and enter possible match pairs to each prompt in the Possible Answers column.


Add additional pairs or filler words to either column by clicking +Prompt and/or +Option.


Correct Answer Setup & Scoring Options

Each term entered in the Prompt column in Question Setup auto-populates in the left column under Correct Answer Setup. Scroll down to see that all terms entered in the Possible Answer column in Question Setup populate along the bottom of the two columns in Correct Answer Setup.

In Correct Answer Setup, drag-and-drop each possible answer to a field in the right column to create pairs.


Check Duplicate Responses to allow students to associate a single Possible Answer to multiple Prompts.


Once you have configured the correct pairs, choose your Scoring Type for the question. Check Exact Match to require that students match all of the pairs correctly to receive the points for the question. This option allocates 100% of the possible points for all pairs matched correctly, and zero points if one or more of the pairs is incorrect.


Check Partial Match to award points relative to the number of matches the students pair correctly.


If the Scoring Type is set to Partial Match, the formula for scoring the question is:

{ (Value of possible points * value % field / # total pairs) * (# of correct pairs)}


{ (value in the Penalty Score field /# total pairs) * (# of incorrect pairs)}

When the question is set to Partial Match, you can optionally set a Penalty Score to deduct a percentage of the total question point value for each incorrectly matched answer.



    • The Penalty divided by possible blanks = penalty per incorrect answer in percentage form.
    • The Penalty is in relation to the percentage field - it is a relative percentage, not a point value.
    • If you want the student to receive zero credit for half correct, enter 50 into the penalty score box.
    • For example, if a student gets 2 right and 1 wrong and you want the assign a score of 33%, set the penalty to 33 and the percentage points to 100.

Click the + button at the top of the Correct Answer Setup area to add a set of matching options that are at least partially correct.


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


If there is more than one Correct Answer tab in Correct Answer Setup, the formula for scoring the question remains the same and is applied to the setup in each tab.

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 Matching questions.



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