Multi-select questions are available for both middle and high school classes. Multi-select questions are SATA style (select all that apply) that are multiple choice but could have one or more choices that are correct. This article will show you what these questions look like and how you can incorporate them into your assessments.

Multi-select questions are included in an assessment by default. Teachers can choose how many questions appear within each assessment or disable this question type.

Multi-Select Questions

This question type is harder than our regular multiple-choice assessment questions. They are also exclusive to assessments. Students will not see these questions during training.

When the student begins the assessment, multi-select questions will appear scattered within the assessment itself. Teachers can select how many questions they would like to include on the quiz when creating or scheduling the assessment. Each question will include explicit instructions, along with checkboxes instead of radio buttons.

The student must check all of the correct answers and only the correct answers to receive credit for the question. No partial credit is given. For example, the following question is answered incorrectly, so the student receives no credit. 

The following question is also answered incorrectly:

On this question, only the correct answers are marked, so the student receives credit:

Why We Don't Give Partial Credit

Some students get frustrated with these questions because they feel they deserve partial credit for getting some of the answers correct. Before assigning a quiz, we recommend discussing this question type and how it is scored. Here are the reasons why we don't give partial credit:

  1. It defeats the purpose of being able to select all that apply and only those that apply, which is the point of this question type. 
  2. Most standardized tests do not offer partial credit on multi-select questions. We do not want to give students the impression that they will receive partial credit when they encounter such questions on standardized tests. 
  3. These questions are meant to be challenging. Struggle is good for memory, and it's okay to get some questions wrong. SATA questions require students to slow down and think critically. 
  4. Students may try to "beat the system." Students who do not know the answer could select all of the answers to get some credit, as opposed to answering incorrectly and receiving no credit. Therefore, it would make more sense for a student who isn't certain of their answer to simply select everything instead of trying to puzzle out the answer. They know the answers are in there somewhere, and selecting all of them ensures some credit that they may not have otherwise received.
  5. Teachers may offer their partial credit in different ways. If the question has 2 correct responses and the student selects all 4, should that be 50%? What if there is only 1 correct answer and all 4 are selected; is that a 50% as well, or only 25%? Allowing partial credit to be awarded would invite students to argue about their scores, which results in more headaches for you.

If you are still compelled to offer partial credit, keep it simple for yourself and remove SATA questions from your quizzes altogether. 

How to Enable These Questions

If your class is an ESL class or most of your students are on our lower-middle school word list, you will not be able to assign these questions. They are too challenging for students at this level.

Multi-select questions are optional. You will have the ability to add or remove them upon creating the assessment, and can choose how many you would like to include. 


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