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Add a new question: Matching

Step-by-step instructions on how to add a new question of the Matching type

Adding a new question is common across all question types. To see how to add a new question, see Add a new question.

Add new matching type question

In the matching type questions, the participants can match the options across different statements to answer the question.

To add a new matching type question, follow the steps below.

  1. Select ‘Matching’ as the question type. The ‘New question’ dialog box opens that shows the question type as ‘Matching’.
  2. In ‘Title’, write the title of this question. This title appears in the list of topics.
  3. In ‘Language’, select a language that you want to use in the question.
  4. In ‘Tags’, write one or more tags for this question. These tags can be the keywords for this question that you can use to search a question anytime.
  5. Click on ‘Create’ to save this new question. You can click on ‘Back’ to select another type of question to get started.

When a new question is added to the list of topics, a yellow color icon shows in the topic title. It means that the question is not activated.

Complete the question details and advanced settings

The ‘Question text’ tab

The ‘Question text’ tab is selected by default. Write the question text here.

Text editor for formatting

A text editor is available to format the question content for styling options. Please see Common reference to add a new question: Using text editor, for the detailed instructions.

The menu options

The text editor shows a menu bar where a set of menus show you the basic text editor options, and a few additional and advanced actions to set up the right structure of the questions’ text as required. Please see Common reference to add a new question: Using menus, for the detailed instructions.


You have an option to add an instruction for this question.

  1. Click on the ‘Edit’ icon and the ‘Edit instructions’ dialog box opens.
  2. Click on ‘Add instruction’.
  3. In ‘Language’, select a language for the instruction text.
  4. In ‘Instruction text’ write the content for the instruction.
  5. Click on ‘Save’ to save this instruction.

Follow the same steps to add more instructions and you can select any one instruction, anytime when you edit this question.

The ‘Structure’ tab

Select the ‘Structure’ tab to write the matching choices for the matching question.

  • Click on ‘Add choice’ to add more choices, if required.
  • Click on the ‘Cross’ icon to remove a choice.

You can use the ‘Answers’ tab to add or update the answers and the participants will see these same answering choices for each matching statement while responding to this question.

The ‘Answers’ tab

Select the ‘Answers’ tab to write the matching statements and the values used for matching these.

For each answer, you can define settings to:

  • Mark the correct answering choice against which the participants’ response is matched
  • Assign the points that the participants score for correct response to each answer
  • Rearrange the sequence of matching statements for a specific or logical order

Add answer statements

  1. Click on the ‘Edit’ icon, and the ‘Edit Answer’ dialog box appears.
  2. Write the answer statement which is part of this matching question type. Use the text editor to format the question, as required.
  3. Click on ‘Apply’ to save the question.

Follow the same steps to edit more answers.

Add more matching statements

Click on ‘Insert answer at the beginning’ or ‘Insert answer at the end’ to add more answers, as required.

For each matching statement, select ‘Points if correct’ for the correct response to the corresponding statement. Since this is a matching type question, you can select only one answer as the correct answer. This answer is matched when the participants respond to this question, to assign them the points.

Additional options for each matching statement

For each answer, you have options to:

  • Edit: Click on the ‘Edit’ icon to change the answer, if required.
  • Re-order: Click on the up arrow or down arrow icon to change the sequence or order of the answers.
  • Delete: Click on the ‘Cross’ icon to remove the answer.

Note: At any stage while planning the answers and their settings, click on the ‘Preview’ tab to see how the participants see this question.

The ‘Options’ tab

Evaluation settings

The ‘Evaluation settings’ enable you to set up point scoring settings for the question.

In ‘Evaluation type’, there is an option to set up the point scoring for the entire question or for each answer in the question.

  • Select ‘Award points per answer’ option to award the points for each answer within this question.
  • Select ‘Award points for question’ option to award the points for the entire question.
  • Select ‘Award points per selected option’ to award the points for each selected option, if done correctly by the participant.

Points settings

  • In ‘Negative points possible’: Select ‘Yes’ if the participants can secure negative points for this question and select ‘No’ if the participants cannot secure negative points for this question.
  • In ‘Define max points for question’: Select ‘Yes’ to set up a max points that participants can score for this question, and select ‘No’ if there is no max points limit.
  • In ‘Ignore question in result calculation when not answered’: Select ‘Yes’ if you want that the points scored in this question are not included in the exam result, if the question is not answered. For example, if the exam settings mean that an unanswered question invites some negative score. In that case, this setting here in ‘Ignore question in result calculation when now allowed’ enables you to bypass that exam setting.

General settings

In ‘Show info overlay when jumping to the question’, you can add and use information overlays to add additional messages. For example, a tooltip like help text for the participants when they are in an exam. Please see Common reference to add new question: Using info overlays for more details.

  • Select ‘Show answers as drag&drop’ to show the answers in a two column view where you can drag the answers to match with the corresponding matching statements.
  • Select ‘Show question text in split panel (not available in preview)’ to show the info overlay in the area that splits different questions.

The other tabs

For the instructions on the ‘Options’ tab, the ‘Feedback’ tab, the ‘Media/Resources’ tab, the ‘Information’ tab, the ‘Topics’ tab, and the ‘Preview’ tab, please see Add a new question for details.

Save options

  • Click on ‘Save’ to save these details in the question. When you use the ‘Save’ option, the question does not impact the exam if it is added to an exam. In a way, the question is saved as a draft and you can add it to an exam, anytime.
  • Click on ‘Save and activate’ to save the question, and to activate it. This means that the question is locked now and is ready to be added to an exam. If you make any changes in the question or its settings after you use ‘Save and activate’, the question is saved as the next revision for an exam.
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