Quiz Formatting Guidelines

Getting Started

The following guidelines provide directions on how to format quiz questions to submit quiz upload requests to Webcourses@UCF Support.

Creating quizzes directly in Webcourses@UCF is easy to do, especially if it is a short quiz (e.g., 5-10 questions). If you need to create a longer quiz or exam (e.g., 50 – 100 questions), faculty who have completed IDL6543 may use the Online Quiz Submission Form. Webcourses@UCF Support will then upload the quiz into the specified course. Quizzes submitted to the Online Quiz Submission Form must follow the quiz formatting guidelines listed below.

Quiz Upload Requests

Please note: This request may take up to 3 business days, so please plan ahead.

File Types

You may create quizzes using the following file types: .txt, .rtf, .doc, or .docx. We recommend that you use plain text (.txt) editors such as Notepad (Windows) or Text Edit (Mac) to create quizzes because they do not contain auto-formatting properties. If you use Word (.doc or .docx) to create quizzes, turn off auto-formatting. In addition, if your quiz incorporates audio files or images, you must create a Word (.doc or .docx) file with the media inserted in the exact location where you would like them displayed in the quiz or indicate the exact file name for the media you would like inserted into a question.

How to Format Quiz Questions

Please follow the formatting guidelines below to ensure that you properly create and format your quiz.

    1. Each question must begin with a question number, followed by either a period or parentheses.
      • Acceptable Formats: 1. or 1)
    2. You must include one space between the question number and the question wording.
      • Acceptable: 1. What is the sixth planet from the Sun?
      • Not Acceptable: 1.What is the sixth planet from the Sun?
    3. Each answer choice (distractor) must begin with a letter followed by a period or a parentheses.
      • Acceptable Formats: A. or A) or a. or a)

Click on the question type links below for directions on how to indicate correct answers and how to format each question type.

Question Types

Correct answers for multiple choice questions can be indicated in two ways.

Option 1: Mark the Correct Answer

Place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice. Do not put a space between the asterisk and the answer choice.

3. Who determined the exact speed of light?
a. Albert Einstein
*b. Albert Michelson
c. Thomas Edison
d. Guglielmo Marconi

Option 2: Answer Key

Place a list of correct answers at the end of the file. The list must begin with the word “Answers:” and the answers should start on the following line. No blank lines are allowed. Any text typed after the answer choice will be ignored.

Answers:
1. A
2. C
3. B
4. B

Correct answers for true/false questions can be indicated in two ways.

Option 1: Mark the Correct Answer

Place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice. Do not put a space between the asterisk and the answer choice.

1. Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light.
*a. True
b. False

True/False Formatting

The “True” (or “T”) answer choice must be listed above the “False” (or “F”) answer choice in order for Respondus to recognize it as a true and false question type. If “False” appears first in the list, the question will be imported as a “multiple choice” question.

Option 2: Answer Key

Place a list of correct answers at the end of the file. The list must begin with the word “Answers:” and the answers should start on the following line. No blank lines are allowed. Any text typed after the answer choice will be ignored.

Answers:
1. A
2. A
3. B
4. B

The Multiple Response question type is very similar to Multiple Choice questions, except that students can (and should) select more than one correct answer.

You must indicate you are creating a multiple response question by typing Type: MR before the question. Correct answers for multiple response questions can be indicated in two ways.

Option 1: Mark the Correct Answer

Place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice. Do not put a space between the asterisk and the answer choice.

Type: MR
3. Which of the following individuals are credited with determining the exact speed of light?
a. Albert Einstein
*b. Albert Michelson
c. Thomas Edison
*d. Edward Williams Morley

Option 2: Answer Key

Place a list of correct answers at the end of the file. The list must begin with the word “Answers:” and the answers should start on the following line. No blank lines are allowed. Any text typed after the answer choice will be ignored.

Answers:
1. A, C
2. C, D
3. B, D
4. B, C, D

Essay questions allow students to enter complete sentences or paragraphs for their answer. These questions must be graded manually in Canvas.

You must indicate that you are creating a paragraph question by typing Type: E before the question. With an essay question, provide an answer immediately after the question. The suggested answer wording must begin with a. or a).

Type: E
4. How is the Michelson-Morely experiment related to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity?
a. In 1887, Albert Michelson and Edward Morely carried out experiments to detect the change in speed of light due to ether wind when the Earth moved around the sun. The result was negative. They found the speed of light is always the same…

Matching questions require students to match items from two columns.

You must indicate you are creating a matching question by typing Type: MT before the question. Matching answers are indicated by placing an equal sign (=) between the two parts of the match. Spaces before or after the equal sign are optional. There should not be any hard returns or blank lines within either parts of the answer.

Matching questions cannot be included in the answer key at the bottom of the document. If you are using an answer key, skip over all matching questions.

Type: MT
7. Match the correct name to the discovery or theory.
a. Michelson-Morely = Speed of light
b. Einstein = Theory of Relativity
c. Marconi = Radio waves

The Fill in the Blank question type presents students with questions that contain blank spaces that must be filled in.

You must indicate you are creating a Fill in the Blank question by typing Type: F before the question. Respondus allows only one correct answer per question, but it does permit you to enter multiple forms of that answer by following the a., b., c. format.

The Fill in the Blank question type is not case sensitive. In the example below, if a student enters “zworykin” instead of “Zworykin”, the answer will still be marked as correct.

Type: F
5. Who is known as the “father of television”?
a. Zworykin
b. Vladimir Zworykin
c. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin

Optional Items

A title can be added to each question. If a title is not provided for a question, the first 17 characters from the question wording will be used as the question title. Titles must be placed at the beginning of a question and begin with “Title” followed by the actual text for the title. If the title exceeds 17 characters, the remaining characters will be dropped.

Title: Speed of Light
3. Who determined the exact speed of light?
a. Albert Einstein
*b. Albert Michelson
c. Thomas Edison
d. Guglielmo Marconi

Feedback for individual answer choices can be added by placing the feedback immediately after the answer choice and by beginning the line with the @ symbol. There must be at least one space between the @ symbol and the feedback text.

Title: Speed of Light
3. Who determined the exact speed of light?
a. Albert Einstein
@ No. Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light.
*b. Albert Michelson
@ Yes. Albert Michelson won the Nobel Prize for Physics for determining the exact speed of light.
c. Thomas Edison
@ No, Thomas Edison did not determine the exact speed of light.
d. Guglielmo Marconi
@ No. Marconi did not discover the exact speed of light, but he did win the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work with radio waves.

General feedback can be imported by placing the tilde (~) symbol in front of the feedback for a correct answer. The @ symbol can be used to indicate the feedback for incorrect answers. There must be at least one space to the right of the ~ and @ symbols and the text you want displayed for the feedback. General feedback must appear before the answer choices.

Example:

Title: Speed of Light

3. Who determined the exact speed of light?
~ Yes. Albert Michelson won the Nobel Prize for Physics for determining the exact speed of light.
@ No. The correct answer is Albert Michelson, who won the 1907 Nobel Prize for Physics for determining the exact speed of light.
a. Albert Einstein
*b. Albert Michelson
c. Thomas Edison
d. Guglielmo Marconi