Legacy Portal: Tips for Multiple Choice Questions

Note: For an overview of the question-creation process and the various options that are available, see: Legacy Portal: Basic Steps to Create Questions



  • To add image, table, or formula within the question or in an answer choice: Use the buttons in the formatting toolbar at the top of the text box. For help with the WIRIS formula editor, see: WIRIS Equation and Formulae Editor
  • To indicate the correct answer choice(s): Select the checkbox next to each correct answer. 
  • To add additional answer choices: Select the Add New Answer Choice button below the answer choice text boxes available. You can have up to 26 possible answer choices.  
  • To delete answer choices: You can use the red X next to an answer choice to remove it.
  • To control the position of an answer choice: Select the lock icon to force an answer choice to remain in the indicated position even when the assessment is set up to randomize answer choices. This is a good option if you have a "None of the Above" answer choice that needs to be positioned at the end of the list.
  • On the left side of the page, you will find the following options in the Options box:
    • Weight: Indicate the default point value for the question.
    • Randomize Choices: This will randomize the answers when exam-takers view this question. 

      Note: This will not apply to any locked answer choices.

    • Partial Credit or Select All that Apply: If you set up this question with multiple correct answers, choose one of these scoring options: 
      • Partial Credit: Select this option if you want exam-takers to receive partial credit when they select at least one of the correct choices. When you enable this option, it also restricts the number of answer choices that an exam-taker can select. For example, they will only be able to select two choices when there are two right answers, three choices when there are three right answers, and so on. This restriction prevents the exam-taker from selecting all answer choices in order to receive credit.
      • Select All That Apply: Exam-takers can select as many answers as they like, up to all of the choices. This option can make the question a little more difficult because they don't know if there's one correct choice or multiple correct choices. When this option is unchecked, the exam-taker will only be able to select two choices when there are two right answers, three choices when there are three right answers, and so on. 

        Note: This option cannot be used with Partial Credit because if unlimited selections and partial credit were both enabled, an exam-taker could receive credit simply by selecting every answer choice.

    • Enable Question Tools: You can check Graphing Calculator, Scientific Calculator, or Spreadsheet to enable any of these tools for the question.


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