Moodle 3.2: Quiz Question Behavior Options
Applies to: Moodle 3.2.
There are many options to choose how a question behaves in a quiz both before and after the student submits their answer, such as:
- Shuffling answers for multiple choice and matching questions.
- How the questions interact with the user - static or active.
- Whether additional attempts will penalize the user with a point reduction.
In this article:
- Shuffle within questions
- How questions behave
- Allow redo within an attempt
- Each attempt builds on the last
The parts making up each question will be randomly shuffled each time a student attempts the quiz, provided the option is also enabled in the question settings. This setting only applies to questions that have multiple parts, such as multiple choice or matching questions. For instructions, see Shuffle Choices within Quiz Questions.
Students can interact with the questions in the quiz in various different ways.
- You want students to enter an answer to each question and then submit the entire quiz, before anything is graded or they get any feedback. Moodle calls this Deferred feedback.
- You want students to submit each question as they go along and get immediate feedback. If their answer is incorrect, you want them to be able to have another try. Moodle calls this Interactive with multiple tries.
- These are the two most common choices.
Students are allowed multiple attempts and use of the Check button to confirm their answer. The Settings for multiple tries option controls how much students will be penalized for each incorrect attempt. The penalty is a proportion of the total question grade. All questions have a default penalty setting of 10%, which can be changed.
Adaptive mode (no penalties) does not apply the penalty percentage to the multiple attempts. Student MUST select the correct before moving to the next question.
Students enter an answer to each question and then submit the entire quiz before anything is graded or they get any feedback. It is recommended that students Save each answer choice as they progress through the exam. They can return and change an answer choice anytime before submitting the full exam.
Students submit their response and use the Check button to get immediate feedback during the question attempt. They can only submit one response, the question is graded, and they cannot change it later.
Similar to the adaptive mode, but requires hints to the student to allow multiple attempts.
- After submitting a wrong answer a feedback hint will appear along with a Try again button allowing the student to try a new response.
- There can be different feedback hints after each attempt by the student.
- Along with a contextual hint, you can choose to leave the incorrect answer marked during subsequent attempts, and you can choose to show the number of correct answers the question is expecting.
- Without hints the student will not get the Try again button and they will not be allowed other attempts.
- Penalty percentages (i.e. 25%) can be applied for each wrong attempt.
- Once the student has gotten the question right, they can no longer change their response.
- Their question score will be the sum of their penalties deducted from the maximum value.
- Once the student has gotten the question wrong too many times, they are just graded wrong (or partially correct) and get shown the feedback and can no longer change their answer.
Note: Interactive with multiple tries will not work with the Matrix multiple choice and Remote Processed question types.
With Certainty-based marking, the student answers the question, and they also indicate how sure they are they got the question right. The grading is adjusted by the choice of certainty, so that students have to reflect honestly on their own level of knowledge in order to get the best mark.
When students have finished attempting a particular question, they will see a Redo question button. This allows them to attempt another version of the same question, without having to submit the entire quiz attempt and start another one. This option is useful for practice quizzes.
This setting only affects questions and behaviors where it is possible for student to finish the question before the attempt is submitted.
If multiple attempts are allowed and this setting is enabled, each new quiz attempt will contain the results of the previous attempt. This allows a quiz to be completed over several attempts.