14 Types of Quiz Questions to Use in Your eLearning Course

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Online quizzes are the main tool for testing knowledge in eLearning. What type of quiz is right for your learners? In this article, we look at 14 types from the obvious multiple choice quiz to the refreshing drag and drop format. You can create all of them in iSpring QuizMaker.

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14 types of quiz questions to use in  your eLearning course

1. Multiple Choice

Example of Multiple Choice quiz question

Multiple choice questions are among the most effective ways to test learners on the content of an eLearning course. They present several possible answers to a question, only one of which is right.

Although it might seem a simple matter to just crank out some multiple choice questions, if you aren’t careful you end up testing the user’s deductive reasoning abilities rather than their actual knowledge of subject material. While it’s great for learners to possess deductive reasoning skills, this isn’t directly related to the material at hand. 

Check some multiple choice question tips from Vanderbilt University.

Hint: always ask a direct question. 

Learn how to create a multiple choice quiz using iSpring QuizMaker →

2. Multiple Response

Example of Multiple Response quiz question

A multiple response question is similar to multiple choice, but users should select all of the correct answers from several alternatives. Questions of this type are more difficult than multiple choice because learners don’t know how many answers to choose. To create effective multiple response questions, follow these tips:

  1. Randomize the correct responses
  2. Avoid a large number of responses
  3. Don’t help users identify correct responses analyzing the question’s structure and organization
  4. Avoid tricking users

3. True or False

Example of True or False quiz question

One of the easiest ways to frame questions is to use a true or false format. Simply put, this involves making a statement to which the learner chooses whether it is true or false. Examples include:

  • It’s okay to enter the warehouse before your supervisor. (False)
  • Three minutes on each side is long enough to cook a hamburger. (True)
  • You should press potential clients to sign up for your product immediately rather than letting them think about it. (False)

Learn how to create an effective true or false quiz in iSpring QuizMaker →

4. Short Answer

Example of Short Answer quiz question

In this question type, users enter answers by themselves. This format is better if you are looking for mastery without suggesting answer options and requires that learners actually know the correct answer. Don’t forget to add answer options that take into consideration possible typos, abbreviations, and other spelling variants that quiz takers can use.

5. Fill in the Blanks

Example of Fill in the Blanks quiz question

Fill-in-the-blank questions (aka completion questions) require that learners actually know the correct answer. Use fill-in-the-blank questions without giving hints and evaluate the user’s real knowledge. You can also use this type of question if you need to check an employee’s familiarity with a certain rule or simple procedure, for example.

Check out some master tips for writing good fill-in-the-blank questions in eLearning courses. 

Learn how to create fill-in-the-blank quiz in iSpring QuizMaker →

6. Matching

Example of Matching quiz question

A matching question can cover a large amount of content, also it is one of the most engaging types of questions for users. In a matching question, you provide several phrases or concepts along with several words, and the learner has to match each word with the appropriate phrase or concept. You can add extra matches to make the task harder.

Read about how to create a matching quiz with iSpring QuizMaker →

7. Sequence

Example of Sequence quiz question

Sequence questions are the best option for establishing a timeline, arranging several things in ascending/descending order or illustrating a step-by-step process. You can list some events or statements and give learners an opportunity to put them in the correct order. It is effective when users need to remember pieces of information in a set, not separately. You can also use this type of question for historical and chronological subject matter.

8. Hotspot

Example of Hotspot quiz question

The hotspot is a visual question type that allows users to select a certain area of an image as an answer. It engages users more than typical quiz questions and allows you to check how they identify information visually, not just as theory.  

Check out how to create a hotspot quiz with iSpring QuizMaker →

9. Drag and Drop

Example of Drag and Drop quiz question

This is a fun question type, as it lets you add more interactivity to your quiz. Just define which objects are drag sources and which are drop targets. This question type allows users to drag objects and drop them into predefined gaps on a base image.

See what drag and drop questions might look like in a Merchandising Quiz by iSpring.

Merchandising quiz by iSpring

10. Drag the Words

Example of Drag the Words quiz question

Users are required to drag and drop words from the word bank into the blanks in the given text. Create textual expressions with missing pieces of text and users will drag missing words to appropriate places to form a complete expression. 

11. Select from Lists

Example of Select from Lists quiz question

The user must select the correct answer from a dropdown list. This type is similar to fill-in-the-blanks, but you can show a set of possible answers in the list. Although it may not be an effective way to test actual knowledge, it might be helpful initially in a quiz setting. It can also be helpful when you want to confuse users with similar answers.

12. Numeric

Example of Numeric quiz question

The numeric quiz question is similar to the short answer type, but users should enter the correct number to answer. It is almost impossible to guess the correct answer with a question like this.

In iSpring QuizMaker, you can set both an exact number and intervals.

13. Likert Scale

Example of Likert Scale quiz question

A Likert scale is more suitable in surveys – respondents can express their opinion about certain statements using this question type with a five-point scale. You can set different answer scales:

Answer's scale

Or tap on Change to create your own choices:

Change choices

14. Essay

Example of Essay quiz question

The essay question uses a free response modality. This question type is suitable if you need to get a detailed answer to the question, full feedback, or a case description. With this question type, users can give answers in free form without confines. 

Use a mixture of question types to make your quiz more powerful. Try out the fully-functional iSpring QuizMaker for free and start creating interactive quizzes right away.

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