Multiple Selection questions allow more than one correct answer.

To create a Multiple Selection question: 

  1. Click on the blue + button

  2. Choose "Multiple Selection" from the Question types

  3. Type a question, edit the choices, and specify the correct answers by clicking on the squares to the left!

Silver/Gold features: Switch on the ability to allow Partial Credit* for Multiple Selection question types to take auto-grading up a notch by allowing your students to get credit for answering part of the question correct. (Find out more about how Partial Credit grading works for Multiple Selection questions below.)

If you are in a school on the Gold plan you can also randomize* the order of the answer choices to mix things up a bit.

*How we grade the "Allow Partial Credit" feature in Multiple Selection questions

When you select “Allow Partial Credit”* instead of looking at the answer choices as Correct/Incorrect, our auto-grading algorithm will assign each answer choice a value of True or False:

The answers a teacher check-marks in the answer key will be assigned the value "True".

The answers a teacher does not check-mark will be assigned the value "False".

Students will be expected to checkmark the "True" answers and leave the "False" answers un-checked to "label" them correctly.

With this algorithm, each answer choice has an equal value and is counted toward the score (for example, if there are 5 answer choices in the answer key and the total point value of the question is 3, then each one of the answer choices will be worth 0.6 points)

When toggling on "Allow Partial Credit"** you can choose between subtracting points for incorrect answers, or not subtracting points for incorrect answers.

If you choose to subtract points for incorrect answers the formula will be:

Let's take a look at an example of how this works in practice.

Here is a Multiple Selection answer key:

Now let's look at how the Partial Credit algorithm views this answer key under the True/False approach:

There are 4 answers in total, each carrying an equal point value of the total score.

The question is scored out of 2 point, meaning each answer's value is 0.5 points.

2 answers have been assigned the value "True": Dolphin and Whale.

2 answers have been assigned the value "False": Shark and Sea Horse.

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

Student A

Student B

Student C

If you choose not to subtract points for incorrect answers:

Let's take a look at an example of how this works in practice.

Here is the same Multiple Selection answer key as before, with the algorithm for True/False:

There are 4 answers in total, each carrying an equal point value of the total score.

The question is scored out of 2 point, meaning each answer's value is 0.5 points.

2 answers have been assigned the value "True": Dolphin and Whale.

2 answers have been assigned the value "False": Shark and Sea Horse.

Here are the same examples of student responses to this Multiple Selection question, along with their auto-graded scores, when choosing not to subtract points for incorrect answers.

Student A

Student A check-marked 1 answer labeling it "True", and left the 3 answers un-checked labeling them "False".

Student B

Student B check-marked 3 answers labeling them "True", and left 1 answer unchecked labeling it "False".

Student C

Student C check-marked all 4 answers, labeling all of them "True".

Please note: features marked with an asterisk* are available with a Silver/Gold plan. Want access to these Features? Find out more here.

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