Questions can be added to a test (refer Create a Test guide) or pool (refer Create a Pool guide).

Example question

Which of the following are usually required when referencing a source?
a. Year of publication
b.Title of work
c. Number of words
d. Author's name
e. Abstract

Note: The below example allows student to receive partial marks. i.e. Student will receive part marks if they select only some of the correct answers.

Change question settings

To ensure students do not receive full marks if they select all answers (where some answers are incorrect) you will need to turn on negative marking.

  1. Click on the Question Settings button.

Test canvas screen with question settings circled

  1. Check the checkbox Specify negative points options for answers.

Test questions screen with specify negative points options for answers check box circled and ticked


Select question type

  1. Click on the Create Question button.
  2. Select Multiple Answer from the drop down menu.

Create question button selected with multiple answer circled from the drop down menu


  1. Enter a descriptive name for the question in the Question Title textbox.
  2. Enter the question into the Question Text textbox.

Question setup with question title and the question text box circled


  1. Enter the required Options.
    • Answer Numbering: Choose the same option always.
    • Answer Orientation: Vertical may be more suitable in a survey.
    • Allow Partial Credit: Students receive marks for each correct answer.
    • Allow Negative Scores for Incorrect Answers: Students will lose marks for incorrect answers.
    • Allow Negative Overall Score for the Question: DO NOT select this option as it could cause students to receive a negative overall mark for the question.
    • Show answers in random order: Useful to help stop cheating in summative assessments.

options for partial credit


  1. Select the required from the Number of Answers drop down list. OR
  2. Click on the Remove button to delete a question.
  3. Enter each answer in a separate Answer textbox.
  4. Select the checkbox for the correct answers.
  5. If partial credit was selected, enter required percentage weighting. OR
  6. Click on the Update Partial Credit % after you have entered all the answers, all correct answers will be allocated the same weighting.

Answers setup with number of answers, the correct check box ticked, the remove button and the answer text box circled

  1. Enter negative partial credit weightings for incorrect answers.

Answer setup for answer 2 with correct check box left unchecked and circled, the text box circled and the partial credit field circled and filled in with a negative value

Warning: If incorrect answers are not allocated negative partial weightings, student will receive full marks if they select all answers.


  1. Giving specific feedback is optional. The default is Correct / Incorrect.

Feedback section with the correct response feedbask and incorrect response feedback text boxes circled

Categories and Keywords

Adding categories and keywords to questions, allows you to search tests and pools for questions by topic etc.

To add a new Category / Topic / Level of Difficulty / Keyword:

  1. Click on the Add button.
  2. Click on the OK button.

To delete a Category / Topic / Level of Difficulty / Keyword:

  1. Click on the Delete button.

To add an existing Category / Topic / Level of Difficulty / Keyword:

  1. Click on the Choose from Existing button.
  2. Select a word from the drop down list.

Categories and keywords with the add button, red X Add tag text box, ok and choose from existing all circled

Instructor Notes

  1. Notes added in the Instructor Notes text box cannot be viewed by students.

Instructor notes with text box circled


  1. Click on the  Submit button.

View of newly created multiple answer question.