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Randomize Answers to Multiple Choice Quiz or Exam Questions

June 10, 2020 | 1 Minute Read

CoursePlus has long had powerful randomization features for delivering quizzes or exams online. You can randomize the order in which questions are displayed to students — including ensuring that question blocks keep their specific, internal display order while being randomly placed in the exam. You can also create a bank of questions from which only a specific number of questions are randomly selected and displayed to each individual student.

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new option in your quiz/exam setup: the ability to randomize the display order of multiple choice questions. This means that the display of answers to a multiple choice question will be randomized on a per-student basis.

Students will see the answers displayed in a random order, but the system always knows which answer is correct and will score them accordingly. Students see the answers displayed in the same order even if they leave the quiz/exam page and return later, and will see answers displayed in the same order in any results or answer key shown to them. Faculty will see answers listed in the original order entered when creating the question when viewing the quiz overview, answer key, or individual student response sets.

It's important to note that you will no longer be able to ask questions that have answer options like "a, b, and c" with this feature enabled, because you never know what answers "a, b, and c" will be for any given student.

Combining question selection randomization with question display order randomization with answer display order randomization makes for a powerful combination in deterring cheating when taking online quizzes or exams. We hope that you will find this new feature useful in this regard.

As always, if you have any questions about how this feature works, please contact CTL Help!