Short Answer Questions

Adding Short Answer Questions to an Exam

  • Short Answer questions require students to answer a question with one or a few words.  They can demonstrate student understanding of the material at a higher level.  Short Answer questions in Moodle can be checked automatically based on guidelines that you set.

  1. Enter the course site
  2. Click Edit

  3. Select the teaching unit where the exam is located
  4. Click on “Edit Quiz” and “Add”

    The first time you add questions, this screen will appear:

    After you have added a question and want to access the exam to add additional questions, the following screen appears:

    Click the gear and select “Edit quiz.”

  5. To make copying difficult, select the option “Shuffle.”

  6. There are three options for adding a question:

    To add questions from the “question bank” or “random questions from a category” see:  Question Bank.

    Add a new question directly to the exam:

  7. Click on “New Question”
  8. Select the type of question: “Short answer” and click “Add.”

  9. Select a Category
    IMPORTANT: If a category is not chosen you will not be able to reuse the question in another exam or course.

  10. Fill in the question name (write a name related to the content of the question and not just a number), Question Text, Default Mark and General Feedback.

  11. Choose whether the answer needs to be case sensitive.

  12. Correct answers and their score – at least one must be provided.
    Select the percentage of the answer. If there is only one possible answer, the grade should be 100%.

  13. Optional: Multiple tries: Provides hints and penalties for each response.
  14. An example of a Short Answer essay question.

  15. Save the question

    ** If you have selected a category the question will automatically be saved in the “question bank” and available for re-use. **

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