Quiz: Question Types Moodle ISU


There are several types of questions that you can add to a Quiz. This guide will provide brief descriptions of each question type. Click on the Additional Information link to learn how to create each type of question.

Question Types


Calculated questions give teachers the ability to add a question for which the numeric data in the question is selected randomly from a data-set generated by Moodle ISU. Calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions by the use of wildcards that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken.

Calculated Multichoice

Calculated multichoice questions gives students a list of calculated solutions to choose from. A formula can also be provided to calculate the correct result. For example, if the question is, “What is the correct area of a triangle with base = {b} cm and height = {h} cm?” you could put in the choice text box which says …{={x}+..}... something like “The correct area is {=.5*{b}*{h}}.” Moodle ISU will generate random numbers from the dataset and substitute {b} and {h} with numbers and for those values, Moodle ISU will generate correct answers in the multiple choice.

Calculated Simple

Simple calculated questions are similar to Calculated questions, but have easier control for defining the dataset for Moodle ISU to generate numbers randomly. For explanation of the other settings available, refer to Calculated Question type in this handout.


This is not a question, but a description or instructions that appear as students move to different parts of the quiz. This is a way to add instructions or reference material to the quiz without have a grade associated. This function can also be used to group common questions.

Drag and Drop into Text

The drag and drop into text question type will have students drag in missing words into gaps in a paragraph of text.

Drag and Drop Markers

The drag and drop markers question type allows students to drag an item into an area on a background image. This requires the instructor to upload and then manually add in coordinates for the selected areas of the image in which the instructor wishes the student to mark.

Drag and Drop onto Image

The drag and drop onto image question type allows students to drag images, words or both onto pre-defined gaps of a background image.

Embedded Answers (Cloze)

Cloze questions allow teachers to create questions within the body of the text itself. It allows multiple choice, short answers and numerical answer questions. Currently, Moodle ISU does not include a graphical interface to create embedded questions. For HTML cloze question options, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu


Essay questions allow students to enter text answers with multiple lines. It could also be used for a few paragraph responses, however, the ITRC does not recommend it for long essay questions due to user login session-related issues for security. The ITRC recommends having students submit a file in the Assignment tool for longer responses.


Matching questions contains a list of names or statements that need to be matched with another list.

Multiple Choice

Multiple choice offers a list of possible answers for students so that they can select one or more correct answers from the list.


Numerical questions allow students to enter numerical answers to questions with or without units. It is different from the calculated question in that it does not create questions on the fly, but allows tolerance for numerical response.

Random Short Answer Matching

Random short answer matching questions look just like Matching questions from the student perspective. The difference being that the sub-questions are drawn randomly from Short Answer questions in the current category.

Select Missing Words

The select missing words question type allows the student to choose their answer from a drop-down menu within the question text.

Short Answer

Short answer questions allow students to answer questions in words or phrases. The answers from the students are matched against the possible answer models. In order for the answer to be correct, there should be at least one match. The answer could be case sensitive or insensitive - this means that the student must write the answer word-for-word. However, this could cause issues with capitalization.

Note:  The ITRC recommends that the answer be as precise and short as possible.


With a True/False question, students are given a statement in which they have to decide if the statement is True or False.  

For more information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu

This work was done by Instructional Technology Resource Center at Idaho State University and is licensed under the Creative Commons Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 United States or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.