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Test question weighting and scores: How are test questions scored and weighted?

You can assign Weighting to individual test questions according to the level of importance you determine. Set the Weighting in the Question Properties panel.

You can also assign scores to modules (or use the course passing score for the module). If a user takes a multiple module course but only completes one of the tests, the score for that module is sent back to the LMS. The course score reflects what has been completed and scored so far. The course status won't be complete until all module tests have been taken. Since tests can have points AND also be randomized, a user's overall score can't be calculated until all modules have been completed.

The overall score for a course is based on all of the points from each test question in all of the modules.  So if one module had 80 points and a second module had a test with only 20 points, a learner could get 100% (80 points) on the first module and 0% (0 points) on the second module and achieve an overall course score of 80% (80/100 points). To learn more about requiring certain scores for each module see How do I add or edit the test pass mark for a module and/or course?

The following provides more information on how test question types are scored.

Individual Test Questions

The distribution of marks within a question depends on the type of question.

True and False

Correct – 100% of the marks for that question

Incorrect – 0% of the marks for that question

Multiple Choice


With Partial Scoring On:

The formula used is: # choices which are correct / # options which are true.

There is a special case. Maximum Selections can be set to a number above the number of true options. If the Maximum Selections setting is greater than the number of options that are true, students are able to select more than the number of available true answers. If students select more than the number of available true answers, they get zero for that question. Many course designers word the question body to indicate the number of true options in the answer … “Pick the correct 2 responses”, or “Which three of the following are true?” You may also wish to add, "Scoring will be deducted for any incorrect selections."

For example:

  • Option 1
  • Option 2 (correct)
  • Option 3 (correct)
  • Option 4 (correct)
  • Option 5

Results:

  • If you pick 2, 3, 4, you get 100%. 
  • If you pick 1, 2, 3, you get 2/3 (for the two correct selections) minus 1/3 (for one incorrect selection), for a total of 1/3 or 33%. 
  • If you pick 1, 2, 5, you get 1/3 (for the one correct selection) minus 2/3 (for on the two incorrect selections) leaving you with a negative fraction and a score of 0%. 
  • If you pick only 2 and 3 you get 2/3 or 67%. 

With Partial Scoring Off:

If partial scoring is shut off, you must choose ALL of the correct options, and ONLY the correct options. So, using the example above, you must pick 2, 3, 4 to get 100%. Any other combination will result in 0%.

Note: You can turn off partial scoring of questions course-wide via your Publishing Profile or by individual question from the Question Properties.

Fill in the blanks

Each option entry contains text that should be matched, along with variations on the text.

The formula for this question is: # of correctly matched choices / # of choices presented

For example:

  1. Name a type of precipitation. a: rain,snow,sleet,hail
  2. Name a type of temperature scale.b: Fahrenheit,Celsius,Kelvin,Rankine

If you fill in “snow” for box a: (correct) and “Celcius” for box b: (incorrect), you would get ½ or 50% of the marks for that question. If partial scoring is shut off, you must enter the correct answer for both boxes to get 100%. Any other combination will result in 0%.

Note: You can turn off partial scoring of questions course-wide via your Publishing Profile or by individual question from the Question Properties.

Multiple Pull Downs

These questions are scored the same as the fill in the blanks questions. The only difference is that variations for each option are listed in a pull down box. The student need only pick from a list instead of typing original entries.

Short Answer

No weighting or score is applied to this type of test question.

Drag and Drop

These questions are scored the same way as a fill in the blanks question.

 
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