Question Types & Formatting

Last updated: December 4, 2018

Multiple Choice

  • Question on a single line.
  • Answers immediately following the question.
  • Asterisk (*) in front of the correct choice.

Example:

1. Which of the following is a prime number?
a) 4
*b) 5
c) 6

Alternative Method:

MC
Which of the following is a prime number?
4
*5
6

True/False

  • Question on a single line.
  • The answer on the next line. Can be any of the following: T, t, True, TRUE, true, F, f, False, FALSE, false.

Example:

1. 3 is a prime number. 
True

Alternative Method:

1. 3 is a prime number.
True

Multiple Answer

  • The same as multiple choice, only with multiple answers marked correct.
  • Question on a single line.
  • Answers immediately following the question.
  • Asterisk (*) in front of all correct choices.

Example:

1. Which of the following is a prime number?
*a) 2 
*b) 3 
c) 4 
*d) 5

Alternative Method:

MA
Which of the following is a prime number?
*2
*3
4
*5

Essay/Written Response

  • This is a written response question, with no correct answer (it will need to be graded manually).

Example:

1. Tell me your life story.

Alternative Method:

ES
Tell me your life story

Fill in the blank/Short Answer

  • Begin your question with the keyword: blank.
  • Leave a blank somewhere in the question.
  • List all the possible correct answers.

Example:

blank 1. Two plus two equals _____.
a. four
b. 4

Alternative Method:

BL
Christmas falls on December _ 
25th. 
25th 
25 

Matching

  • Begin your question with the keyword: match.
  • Question on the same line.
  • Separate each matching pair with a “/”.

Example:

match 1. Match the following French and English words:
a. hello / bonjour
b. yes / oui
c. hot / chaud
d. coffee / café
e. tea / the

Ordering Questions

  • Begin your question with the keyword: order.
  • Question on the same line.
  • Start the answer list below the question with the first item in your sequence.
  • Continue the order of the sequence for all the items.
    • Example: if you ask for the shortest to greatest, start the list with the shortest value and continue with the 2nd shortest, etc.

Example:

order 1. Order the following numbers from least to greatest:
251
252
253
254
255

That's it!

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