Quiz Tools

Create a quiz, survey, or self-assessment, review the results, and see class statistics.

Creating Multi-Short Answer Questions (MSA)

Multi-short answer (MSA) questions require students to give more than one answer to a short answer question.

For example, the question, "Name four diseases of the circulatory system", requires the student to enter answers into four separate boxes. Students need to identify all four answers to receive full marks. If they only answer two correct answers, they will receive half-marks.


Step One: Access a Question Library, Quiz or Survey

Questions can be created in a Question Library, Quiz or Survey. For a Quiz, it is recommended to first create questions in the Question Library, then import them into the Quiz. For additional information see the following guides, then return to take the next step:


Step Two: Create a Multi-Short Answer Question

1. From New select Multi-Short Answer. 

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Step Three: Enter Question Details and Save

1. Fill in general details such as:

  • (a) Title: is used for searching or later importing into a quiz.
  • Assign (b) Points for the fill in the blanks task.
  • Enter (c) Question Text.
  • (d) Optional: Choose a Difficulty level from the dropdown list or choose to Insert an Image to upload an image to accompany your question.

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2. Enter your answer details:

    • (1) Enter Answer details including (a) Answer, (b) assign Weight, then select (c) Evaluation option or (d) delete answers.
        • Each Weight (%) contributes to the whole multi-short answer task. For example, if the question will require three possible answers, you can assign 33.33% each.
    • (2) Set Input Boxes for the number of answer boxes that will be displayed to students, which should match the number of required answers. The number of Rows and Columns controls the size of the answer input box shown to the student.
    • (3) To add more possible or alternative answers, select +Add Answer.

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3 (Optional). You can provide students with hints to help them answer the question, and enter feedback to show students after they have completed the question. To do so, select Expand question hint or Expand question feedback.

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4. When complete select one of the save options

  • Save – save the question and return to the question library, quiz or survey
  • Preview - view how the question will be displayed to students
  • Save and New – save the question, then create a new question
  • Save and Copy – save the question, then create a copy of the current questions

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