Question types for tests and self-tests

FELIX 40-100

What you need to know


Possible question formats: single-choice, multiple-choice, Kprim, matrix, drag and drop, true/false, cloze (without/with numerical input), hotspot, free text, upload file, draw, hottext and sequence (see below for more details).

Video clips for each question type can be found here:
External link opens in a new window:Upload file
External link opens in a new window:Drag and Drop
External link opens in a new window:Free text
Hot text
KPRIM question
External link opens in a new window:Cloze/numeric input
External link opens in a new window:Cloze with dropdown
Matrix question
Multiple Choice
Single Choice
True/False question

The question pool: My personal question database

We recommend that you create questions or items for tests/self-tests in the question pool. The question pool is a database of questions including all related information/metadata (author, keywords, characteristic values for item analysis, etc.). The question pool allows questions to be created as independent items in a catalog-like structure, saved, edited and flexibly reused. Questions can also be shared with other users if desired. After you have created your questions in the question pool, you can import them into tests and self-tests.

Tests and self-tests

Tests are used to check knowledge. A test can be included as a "graded" test, e.g. as an e-exam or as a self-test (exercise). Self-test results are stored anonymously, test results are personalised. Tests / self-tests and their feedback are also available to persons external to the university under the guest login.

What you have to do

  1. Create questions in the question pool (Helpcard 40-110) / import existing questions into the question pool (Helpcard 40-120).

  2. Create test and import questions from question pool (Helpcard 40-130).

  3. Include test in the desired course as a test or self-test (Helpcard 30-160).

  4. The following question formats are available:

    Single choice: a question with at least two answer alternatives, only one of which can be selected and defined as correct.

    Multiple choice: a question with at least two answer alternatives, of which several answers can be selected and defined as correct.

    Kprim: question with four statements, each defined as true/false. Note, special scoring: three correct answers = 50% of possible points, two and less = 0%.

    Matrix: question matrix with multiple columns and rows. One or more answers can be selected in a row.

    Drag and Drop: terms can be assigned to categories. A term can be assigned to one or more categories.

    True/False: similar to the Kprim question type. Statements must be evaluated per line.

    Cloze/Gap: required terms are displayed as gaps. Several terms can be defined as correct.

    Cloze/Gap text with dropdown: Gaps in a text should be filled in. Answers are available in a dropdown menu.

    Numerical input: numerical inputs are presented as gaps. The results can be concrete numbers (exact) or as numbers (absolute/relative) within a predefined range.

    Hot text: within continuous text one or more predefined terms can be selected as correct.

    Hotspot question: several areas in an uploaded image can be defined as false/correct.

    Free text: question with freely formulated answers in a predefined text field of any size. Evaluation is not carried out automatically.

    Upload file: question format allows submission of a created file within a test/self-test.

    Draw: set image can be edited. Evaluation is not automatic.

    Sequence: terms or images are to be put in a vertical or horizontal order. Evaluation is carried out automatically.

    • For all question formats where it is possible to tick several alternatives per question (part) (e.g. multiple choice questions), please bear in mind that participants will receive the full number of points if they select all answer alternatives.
      You can prevent this when creating the question by selecting the "Score per answer" option in the "Score" tab and entering a negative score for the "wrong" answer alternatives. In the case of a multiple-choice question with A = correct, B = incorrect, C = correct, D = incorrect, you would then have to enter the score 1, -1, 1, -1, for example, in the input fields in the "Score" tab.
      Please note that a score of less than 0 per question as an end result is not permissable.
      After changing the score, also check the "Max. score" again, as this is not automatically corrected/added up.

      You should choose these score settings for the following question formats: multiple-choice, matrix questions with multiple choices per question part, drag-and-drop questions where multiple categories are possible as answers, and hottext questions with the option to mark multiple answers as correct.

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