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 7 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.
    2. You must include one space between the question number and the question wording.
    3. Each answer choice (distractor) must begin with a letter followed by a period or a parentheses.

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

Question Types

Multiple Choice/True False Questions

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

Option 1: Place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice. Do not put a space between the asterisk and the answer choice.

Multiple Choice Example:

Question Example 1 Question Example 2
3. Who determined the exact speed of light?a. Albert Einstein*b. Albert Michelsonc. Thomas Edisond. Guglielmo Marconi 3) Who determined the exact speed of light?a) Albert Einstein*b) Albert Michelsonc) Thomas Edisond) Guglielmo Marconi

True/False Example:

1. Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of light.

*a. True

b. False

Note: 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: 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). Note that any text after the answer will be ignored.

Example:

Answers:

1. A

2. C

3. B

4. B

Multiple Response (Multiple Choice with more than one answer)

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 entering the Type as MR. Correct answers for multiple choice and true false questions can be indicated in two ways.

Option 1: Place an asterisk (*) directly in front of the answer choice. Do not put a space between the asterisk and the answer choice.

Example:

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: 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). Note that any text after the answer will be ignored.

Example:

Answers:

1. A, C

2. C, D

3. B, D

4. B, C, D

Essay Questions

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 entering the Type as E. If you are importing an essay question, you can supply an answer two different ways. First, you may provide an answer immediately after the question wording, beginning the answer with “a.” or “a)” (without the quotes) and a space followed by the suggested answer wording. See the example below.

Example:

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

Matching questions require students to match items from two columns.

You must indicate you are creating a matching question by entering the Type as MT. Matches are indicated by placing an “=” symbol between the two parts of the match. Spaces before or after the “=” symbol are optional. There should not be any hard returns or blank lines within either parts of the answer. If you plan to list correct answers for other questions at the bottom of the document, simply skip the number for all questions that are of the matching variety.

Example:

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

Fill in the Blank Questions

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 entering the Type as F. Respondus allows only one correct answer per question, but it does permit you to enter multiple forms of that answer.

Example:

Type: F

5. Who is known as the “father of television”?

a. Zworykin

b. Vladimir Zworykin

c. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin

Optional Items

Question Title: 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.

Example:

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: 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.

Example:

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: 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. The 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