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MCQ, One Correct Option is the default item type in ExamDeveloper.

  1. Select the Develop Questions → Write Item menu.
  2. Click the Write Question link. 
  3. On the Write Question page, select MCQ, One Correct Option from the Question Type drop-down list.

    Please visit the Language-related features in Items topic to learn about the Language Code drop-down list.

    Assigning Weights


    Weights affect the examinee’s score for an item. Assigning weights is optional and can be done via the Weight drop-down list.
    The default selection item is Default, which assigns a score of "1" to the item.

    If you choose to assign custom weight for the item, then you must select Item from the drop-down list. A text box appears next to the drop-down list, where you can enter the weight value for the item.

    Item weight can be a positive decimal or integer value. It can range from ".001" to "9999".

Create an MCQ, One Correct Option Item

  1. Add the question in the Question Stem field. The Question Stem is the question which the candidate must answer. It should have all of the information required for a candidate to answer it. It can have assets and tables and it can also be formatted, for example, font style and other table features.

    What font does the system use as a default?


    The Default Font Family and Default Font Size are configured in the Manage Item Bank → Configuration menu, on the Configuration tab.

    When you click into the Question Stem, the Font Family and Font Size that are set on the Configuration page appear in the Rich Text Editor toolbar.



  2. Use the Answer Options fields to specify each answer a candidate may select. You must enter one answer in each Answer Option field.


    By default, the Answer Options are listed as A, B, C, etc. You can change it something else, like 1, 2, 3 etc., by selecting the Custom Option Label check box. Only a single alphabet is allowed as a custom Option label. For example, you cannot mix letters and numbers.

    Enter the desired custom option labels in the text field for each Answer Option.



  3. The default setting is four Answer Options, but the Project Manager might choose to allow items with a different number of Answer Options by selecting the Allow Differing Option Count setting on the Questions tab of the project's Configuration page. If differing option counts are allowed, you’ll see the Add Distractor icon after the stem and Remove Distractor icon corresponding to Answer Options. Use the Add Distractor icon to add an option, and use the Remove Distractor icon to remove the corresponding Answer Option.

    The Answer Option is deleted without any warning if you click on the  Remove Distractor icon. The only way to restore the deleted Answer Option is to click the Cancel button below the item, which also reverses any other modifications you made to the item in the current editing session.

    It is possible to sort the Answer Options in the ascending alphabetical order by clicking the Sort Option Text button on the right side. The answers are sorted alphabetically by the first word in the answer option. The Option Label order remains the same.

  4. Specify which of the options is correct by selecting the Correct option to the left of the Answer Options field.
  5. Use the Move Up and Move Down icons if you need to reorder the options.
  6. You have several options to Save the item.
    1. Click the Add Question to Case button save the item and create a new case. The item is automatically attached to the case. Only users with permission to create cases will see this button.
    2. Click the Save button. The item is saved and the item is checked out preventing other users from making edits to the item. You remain on the Write Question page where further edits can be made to the item.
    3. Click the Preview button. Changes to the item are saved, the item is checked-out, and the item is opened in the Preview window. Only users with permission to preview items will see this button.
    4. To save an incomplete item, click Save and Exit. The item is saved in a Draft state and checked in so any users with access to the item may make edits to the item. It is visible in the Draft/Returned Questions tab of the Project Writing Summary page.
    5. To submit the item for review, click Submit. The item is saved and checked-in so any users with access to the item may make edits to the item. The item is advanced to the next reviewer in the list or to the next stage in the workflow.


      A user can click the Submit on Behalf of drop-down control and select one of the user names in the list to submit an item on behalf of the selected user. The user list contains names of users enabled in the current project, except the user currently logged in and viewing the list. The list is displayed in ascending order by last name, first name, and user name. Once you click the Submit button, the item is saved to the Draft mode and does not show for the current user.


      Submit on Behalf of drop-down list is not available at the time of Modify Question.


      Click the Check Spelling link to check spelling for text in Stem and Options. The spelling is checked first against the built-in or installed dictionary and then against the words specified for exclusion on the Dictionary tab of your project's settings.



Keep in mind for users to write this type of item, it must be enabled on the Questions tab of the project's Configuration page. From Manage → Settings → Configuration → Questions → Allow Question types, select MCQ, One Correct Option from the list and click Update. If you do not see this type of item in the list, please contact your Project Manager to change the project settings.



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  1. Re the statement "it can also be formatted as per the requirement such as font size, style, and other table features." -- I see where you can change font style, but not font size.  BTW, what is the default font style and size?  Arial 9? -- Cathy Koenig, ABP

    1. Correct. Font size is not editable. Since the system stores the HTML version of the question, we do not specify any font tags at all by default. This way, clients can apply a "CSS" style sheet on a group of question (like an exam) to apply any font they wish.  Otherwise, clients who want to choose a different font would have difficulty overwriting the font tags that we applied.  Hope this makes sense.