Create Matching Questions in the Question Library

Matching (MAT) questions require respondents to choose from a set of possible match choices from drop-down lists and correctly pair them with related items. This question type enables you to assess students’ recognition of information and demonstrate comprehension of specific relationships.

Watch how to create a matching question

  1. On the nav bar, select the Activities menu, then click either Quizzes, Surveys, or Self Assessments. In the example below, we selected Quizzes.
    Quizzes on the Nav Bar
  2. From the tool navigation, click Question Library.
    Question Library from Quizzes
  3. Select New.
    Question Library New
  4. Select the question type:  Matching Question (MAT).
  5. In the General area, enter your matching question details including:
    • Optional: Title Note: We recommend leaving the Title field blank. The Question Text will become the title by default, allowing you to see the question without having to click to open it.
    • Points
    • Difficulty Level
    • Question Text
    • Optional: Insert an Image and Image description
      matching question general area
  6. In the Choices area, do the following:
    • Select the grading method for the question. There are three possible grading options:
      • Equally weighted – The total point value is divided equally among all possible correct matches. Students receive equally weighted points for each correct answer.
      • All or nothing – Students receive full points for the question if they select all of the correct answers and none of the incorrect answers. Students receive zero points if they miss any correct answers or select any incorrect answers.
      • Right minus wrong – Students receive points equal to the number of right answers they choose minus the number of incorrect answers they choose. To determine how much each answer is worth, the system takes the total number of points assigned to the question and divides it by the total number of answer choices. For example, if a question is worth 10 points and has 5 answer choices, each correct answer is worth 2 points, and each incorrect answer is worth – 2 points (10/5 = 2). If a user gives 3 correct answers and 2 incorrect answers, 2 is the total number of points received for the question [(3*2)+(2*-2)]. Students can receive a minimum of zero on a question; they cannot receive a negative mark.
        matching question choices for grading
    • In each Value field, enter a choice. This is the list of items students match to.
      matching question values
    • To add additional choices for the question, click Add Choice.
    • Click the Remove Choice (trash can icon) to remove choice fields.
  7. In the Matches area, do the following:
    • In each Value field, enter a choice.
    • To add additional matches for the question, click Add Match.
    • From the drop-down list for each matching value, select the corresponding Correct Choice.
  8. Optional: To add overall feedback for the answer, select Add Feedback. Learn about Quiz Question Feedback.
  9. Optional: To add a hint to the question, select Add Hint. Learn about Quiz Question Hints.
  10. To verify your answer, click Preview.
  11. Click Save.