How do I set up a random question set?
You can create an assessment from a number of questions randomly drawn from a question pool. Depending on how many questions are in the pool and how many are drawn from it, different students may get different questions when they take the assessment.
Note: You must create a question pool before setting up a random question set in an assessment. Please see the following articles for more information:
Random question sets may be added to any assessment in the Working Copies tab. Select an existing assessment or create a new one.
For steps to create a new assessment, see How do I create an assessment?
You can create a random question set using an existing part that has no questions or a part which has already been set up with the Random draw setting. Select Edit to the right of the part title.
Enter a Title into the text box provided.
Note: If the part title is Default, the title will not display for assessment takers.
You may enter a brief description or instructions into the Information field.
When students are taking the assessment, the part information will display at the top of each page in that part.
Tip: If you are using a part to group together questions corresponding to a reading passage or case study, you can enter the reading or case study in the part information.
- Enter the number of questions desired into the text box provided.
- Select the question pool from the drop-down menu listing available pools.
- Select whether A student's questions are randomized each time an assessment is submitted (i.e., if you allow multiple submissions or a retake, the student may see different questions for each submission) or once for all submissions (i.e., if the same student submits the assessment multiple times, that student always gets the same questions).
Tip: The questions in the pool you select should all test the same knowledge, but with different wording or examples. Depending on how many questions are available in the selected pool, and how many are drawn, different students may receive completely different questions.
- Enter a number of point(s) into the Correct answers are worth box. A point value is required.
- If desired, enter a point value to penalize students for incorrect guesses to true false and multiple choice, single correct questions. In the For 'True False' or 'Multiple Choice, Single Correct' questions, deduct box, enter how many point(s) to deduct from a student's score for each incorrect answer.
Note: Point values entered here override any value that was saved for individual questions in a corresponding question pool.
You will be returned to the assessment editing screen with the Random draw question set shown.
If you add or modify any questions in the question pool, select Update Questions to the right of the part title to update the questions drawn for the assessment part.
To add more random question sets or any specific questions that all students should answer when taking the assessment, create new parts for the additional questions as described in How do I use and edit assessment parts?