Enterprise Portal: Tips for Matching Questions

This article helps you to create Matching questions. In this type of question, the exam-takers are presented with two lists of related items and must decide how to pair them up.  For each item on the left, the exam-taker selects the arrow and then selects an answer choice from the menu.


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Note: This article is specific to Matching questions. For an overview of the question-creation process and the various options that are available when you create or edit questions, see: Enterprise Portal: Basic Steps to Create Questions


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  • (Optional) In the Section Title boxes, replace the default text (Prompts and Possible Answers) with a word or phrase that suits this particular question.


  • Set up the prompts and answer choices:
    • To add an item on the left: Select the Add Prompt Choice button.
    • To add an item on the right: Select the Add Answer Choice button.
    • You must set up the same number of prompts and answer choices. (For example, if you create five prompts, also create five answer choices.)
    • To remove a choice: Select the X button for that choice.


  • To use a formula within the prompt text, select the formula button (on the right side of the text area). For help with the WIRIS formula editor, see: WIRIS Equation and Formulae Editor
  • To indicate the correct match for an item: On the right side of the screen, select the drop-down arrow, and then select the letter for the correct prompt.


  • Partial Credit is available. You can turn it on or off by using the button below the Prompts list.
    • Off: The exam-taker will receive credit only if all matches have been made correctly.


    • On: The exam-taker will receive partial credit for each correct match. To discourage guessing, the exam-taker also will lose the same amount of points for each incorrect match.


      Note: If you turn on partial credit, make the exam-takers aware that they should not guess because there are penalties for incorrect answers. For example, you might include information in the question text, such as: Answer carefully. Incorrect matches can result in 0 credit for this question.

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Next Steps

Finish setting up the question, and then select Save (in the top right corner of the page). For information about the Question Tools and other options, see: Enterprise Portal: Basic Steps to Create Questions


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