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Provide exceptions to randomization of multiple choice options

Example question:

Which city is located in The Netherlands?
a. Amsterdam
b. Utrecht
c. Zwolle
d. All of the above

In this case, it's desirable to randomize the order of the first 3 options, but the "All of the above" option should always be last.

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  • Sander Zwier.deb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Jim, it would be nice to be able to exempt the last, or the last 2 options from randomization, to account for the scenario you indicate (all & none of the above).

    Our current system (Questionmark) supports this, though I admit it appears a bit kludgy.

    Thanks for your suggestion regarding using Multiple Response. That would be nice for tests that are taken on screen, but I doubt if that question type is supported in our print workflow.

  • AdminJim Crawford (Product Owner, Surpass Editions, BTL Group Ltd.) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks for your suggestion Sander, could I just confirm that your requirement is always for the fixed multiple choice option to always be the last option? So for example, there’s no need to fix the position of the second or third multiple choice option.

    We're going to look into what changes we would need to make to support this. In the meantime, although the exact scenario you’ve described isn’t currently supported, there is the ability to create a Multiple Response question where the candidate would just need to select all of the 3 correct options to get full marks (as opposed to an additional single option combining all three). The advantage of this approach is you can opt to use partial marks, so if for example the candidate only selects 2 of the 3 correct options, they receive 67% of the available marks. Unfortunately this doesn't cater for the scenario where you might want to include a "none of the above" option though!

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