In tests you can either indicate the number of points per question or per question pool. For both types of tests the way to indicate the points and how they influence the end score will be explained in this article.

This article is split up in the following sections:

  • How to assign points per Question?
  • How to assign points per Question Pool?
  • How to assign/distribute points over subquestions per question?
  • How are points used in the final score calculation?

How to assign points per Question?

When using a test with separate questions, you can indicate the number of points per question in the test edit screen.

Once you are in the edit screen of the test, you see the list of questions at the bottom. Next to the ID of each question you see a field to specify the number of points. The total number of points for the test are shown on the top.

Below you see an example of part of the test edit screen with the points per question fields and total number of points highlighted.

NOTE: if you limit the number of questions, please be aware that the total number of points might vary for each test. The total number of points shown in the top is the sum of all the points assigned to the questions.

How to assign points per Question Pool?

When using a test with question pools, you can indicate the number of points per question pool in the test edit screen.

Once you are in the edit screen of the test, you see the list of question pools at the bottom. Next to the ID of each question pool you see a field to specify the number of points. Each question picked from the specific question pool will be assigned that number of points.

If you pick multiple questions from a pool, this will be reflected in the total number of points on the top.

Below you see an example of part of the test edit screen with the points per question pool and total number of points highlighted. In this example there are two questions picked from the first pool and one from the second pool, resulting in a total number of points in the test equal to 2*4 + 1*5 = 13 points.

NOTE: if you limit the number of questions, please be aware that the total number of points might vary for each test. The total number of points shown in the top is the sum of all the points assigned to the question pools times the number of questions picked from that pool.

How to assign/distribute points over subquestions per question?

The questions in your test could contain multiple subquestions. (read here how to create subquestions). You can distribute the points assigned to a question (or question pool) over the subquestions using weights for each subquestion.

To do this, follow these steps:

Go to edit screen of the question (either via the test edit screen, or via your repository).

Find the current weights (by default all weights are equal to 1). The example below shows a different distribution of weights to illustrate how you could distribute the 4 points in the example test shown above.

In this example you can find the following distribution:

  • the question has 4 points in total assigned to it for the example test
  • there are two subquestions
  • the first subquestion has a weight of 5
  • the second subquestion has a weight of 3
  • the total weight is 8
  • the first subquestion will be assigned 5 / 8 * 100% = 62.5% of the points, for this example test resulting in 0.625 * 4 = 2.5 points
  • the second subquestion will be assigned 3 / 8 * 100% = 37.5% of the points, for this example test resulting in 0.375 * 4 = 1.5 points

By adjusting the weights per subquestion you can distribute the points to your liking. For example, if you want to assign 2.4 points out of 4 to the second subquestion you can do the following:

In the example above, the following changes have been made to the weights and thus the points per subquestion in the example test:

  • set the weight of the first subquestion to 4
  • set the weight of the second subquestion to 6
  • the total weight is 10
  • the first subquestion will be assigned 4 / 10 * 100% = 40% of the points, in this example resulting in 0.4 * 4 = 1.6 points
  • the second subquestion will be assigned 6 / 10 * 100% = 60% of the points, in this example resulting in 0.6 * 4 = 2.4 points

IMPORTANT: adjusting weights in a question alters the point distribution in ALL tests and subjects the question is used in. Weights are part of the question settings, NOT part of the test settings.
Be careful when changing weights of questions used in multiple test and/or subjects.


NOTE: weights are also used in practice mode when they are attached to a subject. During practice the complete question can earn a student 1 point, which will be distributed over all subquestions equally by default.


How are points used in the final score calculation?

Tests with separate Questions

For each question the student answers correctly, it will earn the assigned points. After the test the score is calculated based on the number of earned points over the total number of points the student could have earned during the test.

You can see the result of a test attempt for the test with separate questions from the example earlier illustrated below.

In this attempt, the student answered

  • the first question correct (earning 4 out of 4 points)
  • the second question incorrect (earning 0 out of 5 points)

resulting in 4 out of 9 points.

Tests with Question Pools

For each question the student answers correctly, it will receive the assigned points to the question pool it belongs to. After the test the score is calculated based on the number of earned points over the total number of points the student could have earned during the test.

You can see the result of a test attempt for the test with question pools from the example earlier illustrated below. In this attempt, the student answered

  • the first question from the first question pool correct (earning 4 out of 4 points)
  • the second question from the first question pool incorrect (earning 0 out of 4 points)
  • the third question from the second question pool correct (earning 5 out of 5 points)

resulting in 9 out of 13 points.

Questions?

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