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MCQ, Multiple Correct Options type item is similar to MCQ One Correct Option type, except that this type can have multiple correct options.

  1. Select the Develop Questions → Write Item menu.
  2. Click the Write Question link. 
  3. On the Write Question page, select MCQ, Multiple Correct Options from the Question Type drop-down list.

    Please visit the Language-related features in Items topic to learn about the Language Code drop-down list.

    Assigning Weights


    Weights affect the examinee’s score for an item. If weights are assigned to individual Answer Options, they affect the total score of an item depending on which (and how many) Answer Options are answered correctly or incorrectly. Assigning weights is optional and can be done via the Weight drop-down list.

    The default selection item is Default, which assigns a score of "1" to the item. The candidate scores "1" only when he/she selects all the correct Options and does not select the incorrect Options. Upon selecting even a single incorrect Option, he/she scores "0".

    If you choose to assign a custom weight for the item, then you must select Item from the drop-down list. A text box appears adjacent to the drop-down list, where you can enter the weight value for the item. The candidate scores the specified weight value, only when he/she selects all the correct Options and does not select any incorrect Options. Upon selecting even a single incorrect Option, he/she scores "0".

    You can assign custom weights to individual Answer Options, you must select Option from the drop-down list. A Weight text box appears next to the Answer Options, where you can enter the weight value for the respective Answer Options. The weight value is a decimal number. Weights assigned to incorrect Answer Options are ignored.

    The candidate scores the specified weight value of the selected correct Option(s), regardless if he/she also selects incorrect Options. The maximum score of the item is equal to the sum of the weight values for the correct Answer Options.

    Item weight can be a positive decimal or integer value. It can range from ".001" to "9999".

    Option weight can be a positive or negative decimal or integer value. It can range from "-.99" to "9999".


    If the Export the Min/Max Value For Multi Choice Items check box (on the ExamForm node's Global Configuration tab of the Delivery Configuration Tool page) is selected, the number of Options the candidate is allowed to select cannot exceed the total number of correct Options.

    If the candidate attempts to select more Options than the total number of correct Options, then a warning popup appears as shown below and the user is not allowed to select more options.

    The candidate also is not allowed to choose more Options than the total number of correct Options and the above warning pop-up appears when the Export Min/Max Value For Multi Choice Items setting is cleared, but the Weightage selection on the Question is set to Option.

Create an Item for MCQ, Multiple Correct Options item type

  1. Add the question in the Question Stem field. The Question Stem is the question which the candidate must answer. It should have all of the information required for a candidate to answer it. It can have assets and tables and it can also be formatted, for example, font style and other table features.

    What font does the system use as a default?


    The Default Font Family and Default Font Size are configured in the Manage Item Bank → Configuration menu, on the Configuration tab.

    When you click into the Question Stem, the Font Family and Font Size that are set on the Configuration page appear in the Rich Text Editor toolbar.

  2. Use the Answer Options fields to specify each Answer Option, one in each box.


    By default, the Answer Options are listed as A, B, C, etc. You can change it something else, like 1, 2, 3 etc., by selecting the Custom Option Label check box. Only a single alphabet is allowed as a custom Option label. For example, you cannot mix letters and numbers.

    Enter the desired custom option labels in the text field for each Answer Option.



  3. The default setting is four Answer Options, but the Project Manager might choose to allow items with a different number of Answer Options by selecting the Allow Differing Option Count setting on the Questions tab of the project's Configuration page. If differing option counts are allowed, you’ll see the  Add Distractor icon after the stem and  Remove Distractor icon corresponding to Answer Options. Use the  Add Distractor icon to add an option, and use the  Remove Distractor icon to remove the corresponding Answer Option.

    The Answer Option is deleted without any warning if you click on the  Remove Distractor icon. The only way to restore the deleted Answer Option is to click the Cancel button below the item, which also reverses any other modifications you made to the item in the current editing session.

    It is possible to sort the Answer Options in the ascending alphabetical order by clicking the Sort Option Text button on the right side. The answers are sorted alphabetically by the first word in the answer option. The Option Label order remains the same.

  4. Specify which options are correct, by selecting the desired Correct check box to the left of the Answer Options field.
  5. Use the  Move Up and Move Down icons if you need to reorder the options.
  6. You have several options to Save the item.
    1. Click the Add Question to Case button save the item and create a new case. The item is automatically attached to the case. Only users with permission to create cases will see this button.
    2. Click the Save button. The item is saved and the item is checked-out preventing other users from making edits to the item. You remain on the Write Question page where further edits can be made to the item.
    3. Click the Preview button. Changes to the item are saved, the item is checked-out, and the item is opened in the Preview window. Only users with permission to preview items will see this button.
    4. To save an incomplete item, click Save and Exit. The item is saved in a Draft state and checked-in so any users with access to the item may make edits to the item. It is visible in the Draft/Returned Questions tab of the Project Writing Summary page.
    5. To submit the item for review, click Submit. The item is saved and checked-in so any users with access to the item may make edits to the item. The item is advanced to the next reviewer in the list or to the next stage in the workflow.


      For polytomous Questions (3 or more), individual options can be zero (i.e., in multiple correct, MCQ), but the TOTAL weight of the items should not be zero.

    6. To discard what you have written and start over again, click the Revert Changes button.


      A user can click the Submit on Behalf of drop-down control and select one of the user names in the list to submit an item on behalf of the selected user. The user list contains names of users enabled in the current project, except the user currently logged in and viewing the list. The list is displayed in ascending order by last name, first name, and user name. Once you click the Submit button, the item is saved to the Draft mode and does not show for the current user.


      Submit on Behalf of drop-down list is not available at the time of Modify Question.


      Click the Check Spelling link to check spellings for text in Stem and Options. The spelling is checked first against the built-in or installed dictionary and then against the words specified for exclusion on the Dictionary tab of your project's settings.



Keep in mind that for users to write this type of item, it must be enabled on the Questions tab of the project's Configuration page. From Manage → Settings → Configuration → Questions → Allow Question types, select MCQ, Multiple Correct Options from the list. If you do not see this type of item in the list, please contact your Project Manager to change the project settings.



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