Quiz: Question Types Moodle ISU


There are several types questions that you can add, the following table briefly summarizes each question type.

This guide will help you to understand:

Additional guides for more information about quizzes:

Question types

Here is a list of different question types


Enables teacher to add a question for which the numeric data in the question is selected randomly from a dataset generated by Moodle ISU.

Calculated multichoice

Similar to Calculated question type except that students have a correct solution to choose from in a list of options/possible answers. A formula can also be provided to calculate the correct result.

Calculated simple

A simple version of Calculated question type.

Embedded answers

Allows for the creation of a question with various answers within it, including multiple choice, short answers and numeric answers. Currently Moodle ISU does not have a graphical interface for creating Embedded question.


Essay question type allows students to enter short answers with multiple paragraphs.

Matching Question

The Matching question offers students a list of possibilities to select from.

Multiple Choice

Multiple choice allows selection of single or multiple responses to a question.


Allows numerical responses with units. It also allows to set tolerances for the numerical answers.

Short answer

Allows student responses of a few words which can be matched to various possibilities. It allows usage of wildcards to do the comparisons.


Multiple choice question with answer containing boolean values.


Not a question but description/instruction that appears as students move to different parts of the quiz.


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 is similar to calculated question and the settings are similar. The main difference is that students have multiple choice for the answer. The answers could be embedded into the text that appears in the choices. 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 2 will generate random numbers from the dataset and substitute {b} and {h} with numbers; and for those values Moodle ISU 2 will generate correct answers in the multiple choice.

For explanation of the other settings available please refer to Calculated question type in this handout.

Simple Calculated Question

Simple calculated question is similar to Calculated question but has easier control for defining the dataset for Moodle ISU to generate numbers randomly.

Embedded Answers Question (Cloze)

Embedded answers question allows teachers to create questions within the body of the text itself. It allows multiple choice, short answers and numerical answers question. As of now, during the creation of this document, there is not any graphical interface to create embedded questions.

Numerical Embedded Questions

Numerical embedded questions allow students to enter their numerical answer in a text box.  It is not much different from a short answer question from the student’s view; it is different only in that it allows tolerance for answer.

eg.{1:NUMERICAL:=25.8:0.1#Correct~%50%25.8:1:#Close answer}

So if a student types 25.9 as the answer and submits the quiz then he gets full credit for the answer because the tolerance has been set to 0.1. But if he answers 26 then the student only gets half of the total credit. Any answer below 24.8 and above 26.8 does not get any credit.

Essay Question

Essay question allows students to type their response in a few lines. It could also be used for few paragraph responses however, ITRC does not recommend it for long essay questions due to user’s login session related issues for security. Therefore, the better choice for longer responses might be to have the students submit a file in the Assignment tool.

Matching Question

Matching question can also be created with Embedded Question type, but Matching Question type is easy to configure if you do not like using wild-cards to create questions.

Multiple Choice

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

Numerical Question

Numerical question allows 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.

Short Answer Question

Short answer question allows students to answer questions in words or phrases. ITRC recommends that the answer be as precise and short as possible. 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.


True/False question type allows student to select true if the statement proposed in question is valid and False if it is not.

Choose Wildcards Dataset Properties

Each wildcard needs to have a dataset from which it can take a value. In this section you will see all the wildcards used in your question.

Mandatory Wildcards Preset in Answers

This section consists of the wildcards you used in your formula to calculate the solution. Beside each wildcard is a drop down list that consists of two options.

  1. will use the same existing private dataset as before: This option is present even if you create a calculated question for the first time. It just means that Moodle has created a possible dataset already for this question and it is private, i.e. not shared with other questions in the same category.
  2. will use a new share dataset: This will create a dataset and share it with other questions in the category. It can save time if you have similar questions in the category.

For more information please visit http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Building_Quiz

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