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Add a new question: Text match

Step-by-step instructions on how to add a new question of the Text Match 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 text match type question

In the text match type questions, the participants can respond to the question by answering through a text input. You can set up the height and width of the text input field, and define the text string matching conditions to identify partially correct or partially matching words.

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

  1. Select ‘Text match’ as the question type. The ‘New question’ dialog box opens that shows the question type as ‘Text match’.
  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 ‘Text match’ type question already has one or more instructions in any language, these instructions are available in this new ‘Text match’ 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 ‘Answers’ tab

Select the ‘Answers’ tab to define the conditions that match the participants’ response for the specific text matching criteria.

In ‘Length of input field (chars)’, define the length of the text input field shown to the participants entering their answer.

In ‘Height of input field (chars)’, define the height of the text input field shown to the participants entering their answer.

This is particularly useful when the question asks the participants for multiple answers and they need a textarea with proper height to see the text while answering the question. Use the ‘Preview’ tab to see how the height appears to the participants in the exam.

Correct answers

In ‘Correct answers’ you can write one or more text answers that are matched as strings with the participants’ response.

Write the answer in the space provided. Select how the text is matched as:

  • Select ‘must match exactly’ to match the text exactly as a string. The participants score the points for this question only if they answer the exact text that matches with the answer text.
  • Select ‘must occur’ if the participants’ answer is part of the actual answer text that you define here.

For any text matching criteria, select ‘Case sensitive’ box if the text matching is case-sensitive.

Multiple answers

Click on ‘Insert answer at the beginning’ or ‘Insert answer at the end’ to add more answering questions, as required. For example, you can form a question where the participants need to match multiple strings and you can assign different points for each string matched or not matched correctly.

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 choices.

The ‘Options’ tab

Evaluation settings

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

In ‘Define max point for questions:

  • Select ‘Yes’ to set up a limit on how many points the participants can score for answering the questions. This setting takes the precedence over the points that you assign in the ‘Answers’ tab for any or all questions. When you select ‘Yes’, the ‘Max points for questions’ feld appears and you can write the value for max points for each question.
  • Select ‘No’ if you do not want to set up a points’ limit. In this case, the point scoring applies that you define in the ‘Answers’ tab.

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 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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