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Add a new question: Multiple lists

Step-by-step instructions on how to add a new question of the Multiple lists 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 multiple lists type question

In the multiple lists type questions, the participants can respond to multiple question at once, by selecting the correct answers from lists.

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

  1. Select ‘Multiple Lists’ as the question type. The ‘New question’ dialog box opens that shows the question type as ‘Multiple Lists’.
  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. Instructions are common for the same question types. If another ‘Multiple lists’ type question already has one or more instructions in any language, these instructions are available in this new ‘Multiple lists’ type question in the same language, for your use.

  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 ‘Question with Answers’ tab

Select the ‘Questions with Answers’ tab to write the questions and define their answering options and points for each question.

By default, you see two questions, and their respective answers.

Set up the question

  1. In ‘Answer text 1’, click on the ‘Edit’ icon. The ‘Edit answer’ dialog box appears.
  2. Change the default statement to the actual question.
  3. Click on ‘Apply’.

The real question statement appears on the question interface now.

Set up the answers

  1. In ‘Answer choices’, write the answer options for this question.
  2. For the correct answer, select the ‘Answer is correct’ box to indicate the correct option against which the participant’s response is matched for evaluation.
  3. For each option, click on the ‘Cross’ icon to remove it, as required.
  4. Click on ‘Add answer’ to add more answering options for this question.

In ‘Points if correct’, write the points that the participants score when they answer the question correctly.

Follow the same steps for other questions and their respective answering options.

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 multiple choice items’ to show the answers as multiple choice items. If you do not select this option, the participants see the answer options as drop-down lists.

Select ‘Show question text in split panel (not available in preview)’ to show the question text in a column view when the participants answer this question. Select ‘show in left panel’ or ‘show in right panel’ to show the question in the left side or right side column of the answer space, respectively.

The other tabs

For the instructions on the other details in 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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