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

This type of question awards students partial marks if they select one of the correct answers (i.e. a student selects two correct answers and one incorrect answer). If you would prefer to award students full marks only if they select all the correct answers (i.e. no incorrect answers), refer to the Multiple Answers guide. 

Example question

This example allows students to receive partial marks (i.e. students will receive part marks if they select only some of the correct answers).

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

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 Specify negative points options for answers checkbox.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

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 dropdown list.

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


  1. Enter a title for the question in the Question Title textbox.
  2. Enter the question in the Question Text textbox.
  3. Optionally, to add an image within the Question Text textbox, refer to the Insert an Image using the Text Editor guide.

Question setup with question title and the question text box circled


  1. Select the required option from the Answer Numbering dropdown list.

Note: Ensure you choose the same option consistently.

  1. Select Vertical from the Answer Orientation dropdown list.
  2. Check the Allow Partial Credit checkbox.
  3. Check the Allow Negative Scores for Incorrect Answers checkbox.
  4. DO NOT check the Allow Negative Overall Score for the Question checkbox, as it could cause students to receive a negative overall mark for the question.
  5. Optionally, check the Show answers in random order checkbox to help stop cheating in summative assessments.

options for partial credit


  1. Select the required number from the Number of Answers dropdown list.

Tip: If you require less than four answer options, click on the Remove button to delete an answer option.

  1. Enter each answer in a separate Answer textbox.
  2. Check the Correct checkboxes for the correct answers.
  3. Click on the Update Partial Credit % button to automatically calculate the partial credit percentage for each question. 

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

  1. For incorrect answers, enter the required negative weighting in the Partial Credit textbox.

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

Feedback (optional)

Giving specific correct or incorrect response feedback is optional. 

  1. Enter correct response feedback in the Correct Response Feedback textbox. 
  2. Enter incorrect response feedback in the Incorrect Response Feedback textbox. 

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

Categories and Keywords (optional)

Adding categories and keywords to questions allows you to search your tests and pools for questions by topic, category, level of difficulty or keyword.

Add a new topic/category/level of difficulty/keyword:

  1. Click on the Add button.
  2. Enter a word in the Add Tag textbox. 
  3. Click on the OK button to submit.

add new cateogry

Add an existing topic/category/level of difficulty/keyword:

    1. Click on the Add button.
    2. Click on the Choose from Existing button.
    3. Select a word from the dropdown list.

    add existing category

    Tip: Click on the (x) button to delete a topic/category/level of difficulty/keyword.

    Instructor Notes (optional)

    1. Enter any notes for the marker in the Instructor Notes textbox.

    Note: Instructor notes cannot be viewed by students.

    Instructor notes with text box circled


    1. Click on the Submit button.
    2. The question will then be added to your test.

    View of newly created multiple answer question.