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Matching Question (Silver/Gold Feature)
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Written by Sarah McGull
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With the Matching question type, you can ask students to match terms, symbols, pictures, and more!  

Create a Matching Question

  1. Click on the blue + button

  2. Choose "Matching" from the Question types

  3. Type two items you want students to match

    Click "+Add Matching Set" to add as many matches as you wish. This is your answer key, so be sure to list matching terms next to one another in the same row. Formative will take care of scrambling them for your students!

NEW! Quick Math Button

Are you using the Math Keyboard to enter answer choices often? Formative now offers the option to add a Math Button to the answer choice fields within several question types, inlucing Matching questions, for quicker access to the Math Keyboard.

This will eliminate the need to repeatedly click on the little plus button and choose the Math Keyboard from the dropdown menu.

To enable access to the quick math button:

  1. Click on "My Account" from the left side menu, and then "Settings"

  2. Locate the field "Show math keyboard in answer choices" and toggle it ON

Once this setting is toggled on, you will see a Math Button added next to the little plus button within your answer choice fields. Clicking this button will immediately bring up the Math Keyboard.

Partial Credit

Switch on "Allow Partial Credit" to take auto-grading up a notch by allowing your students to get credit for answering part of the question correct.

How we grade the "Apply Partial Credit" feature in Matching questions

Note: the item must be in the exact same place as the answer key to be graded as correct.

Let's take a look at an example of how this works in practice. Here is a Matching answer key:

Here are some examples of student responses to this Matching question, along with their auto-graded scores.

Student A

Student B

What's Next?

Need students to be able to drag items into more than one category? Click on the link below to learn how to do that with our Categorize question type!

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