Using Weighted Marking

About: This article will describe what weighted marking is and how this can be applied to both Multiple Choice and Extended Matching Questions in Surpass.

About Weighted Marking

Weighted marking allows candidates to be awarded a different proportion of the total marks available depending on the answer option they select. Weighted marking may be used for Multiple Choice and Extended Matching questions where some answer options may be seen as 'better' or 'more correct' than others, and are therefore worth more marks.

Assigning Weighted Marks

Weighted marks can be used on Multiple Choice questions to assign a certain number of marks to each possible answer.

To do this, first select the Step 2 'cog' icon followed by the 'Weighted Mark' radio button within the Marking column.

Once the 'Weighted Mark' button has been selected, 'Mark' boxes will appear beside each of the answer options.

You can then assign the desired number of marks to each answer option.

Note: On switching back to Standard Marking, Item Authoring will automatically mark the answer option with the highest mark as the correct answer.

Assigning Weighted Marks to Extended Matching Questions

You can assign weighted marks for Extended Matching questions. First, tick the 'Weighted Marking' checkbox in the 'Additional Options' cog. Select to highlight an answer option and enter a mark into its corresponding matching option.

If you have set an item with weighted marking, you have the added option to enable many to many marking. This is useful when authoring an item which requires the candidate to weigh up all the answer options and decide which are more correct than others.

To set up many to many marking, enable the setting and enter the weighted marks to create multiple links. The total 'Mark' at the top of the item will calculate the highest score possible from the combination of links created.

If you disable many to many marking, all created links will be removed.

Many to many marking still requires the candidate to answer the question using the 'One to One' selection.

For more information on the different marking types available in Surpass see the following Surpass Help pages:

  • Assigning Marks
  • Multiple Choice
  • Using Combination Marking

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