Different types of quiz questions for online training

by The Content Team
on January 12, 2018

A quiz is all about evaluating your learners’ knowledge acquisition and retention. You can use e-learning tools to create online quizzes quickly and easily. Let’s take a quick look at different types of quiz questions that keep your learners engaged-

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) — Single Answer

What’s it?

This type presents a question and a list of possible answers with radio buttons (allows just one selection). It has only one correct answer. You need to mark which answer is the correct one.

MCQ — Single Select Question Type

Single Answer MCQ is one of the most effective and commonly used question types. It’s simple and enables you to provide immediate feedback, once your learner selects the answer. Scored automatically.

For your learners

It requires your learners to choose the best possible answer amongst the proposed answer options. This question type allows your learners to select only one response.

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) — Multiple Answer

What’s it?

Unlike single answer MCQ, this type presents a question and a list of possible answers with checkboxes (allows multiple selections). Usually, it has two or more than two correct answers. You need to mark all the right answers. Make sure, the number of possible answer options are more than the number of correct ones.


MCQ — Multiple Select Question Type

These type of questions are prevalent because they are simple and effective. Since the right answer is in front of your learners, they don’t need to memorize anything. They just need to apply reasoning for responding. Scored automatically.

For your learners

Your learners are required to pick all (multiple) the correct answers amongst the proposed answers list. Checkboxes make it clear that multiple selections are asked.


What’s it?

This type of question contains a statement and two answer choices — True or False. It asks your learners whether the statement is true or not.

True/False Question Type

It is one of the simplest quiz question types, useful to judge your learners’ ability to validate statements. These questions are straightforward which makes them suitable for practice questions and testing prior knowledge. You can make them exciting though. Easy for you to create and for your learners to complete. Scored automatically.

For your learners

Your learners must determine whether the statement is correct or incorrect and mark it true or false.

Fill in the blanks

What’s it?

It consists of a sentence/phrase/paragraph/list etc. with one or more blank spaces. You can also place a set of possible answers to the question. It would not remain effective then and would not test actual knowledge, however.

Fill In The Blanks Questions Type

It’s a classic question type. It requires your learners to memorize answers in case options are not provided in the question.

For your learners

Your learners need to fill in all the empty blanks with appropriate answers to complete the sentence/phrase/paragraph/list.

Match the following

What’s it?

It contains statements, pictures or graphics in two columns. For instance, the two columns are — ‘A’ & ‘B.’ Column A contains names of different body parts, and column B contains their matching images. For matching questions, you can also use drag and drop or drop-down question form to make it more interactive.

Match The Following Question Type

It’s a challenging question type. Works best for visual comprehensions. You can use it to test your learners on a bunch of information in single question.

For your learners

Your learners are required to guess the correct match for items in column A and pair it with the items in column B. Thus matching questions and answers.

In drag and drop form, your learners need to drag answer choices from column B and drop over the correct question choices in column A.

In drop-down form, learners must select the correct answer choices from the drop-down in column B for the questions in column A.

Sequence/Ordering Questions

What’s it?

This type of question contains a set of unordered and disarranged items. You can opt drag and drop as well as drop-down form, for this style of question also.

Sequence/Ordering Question Type

You can use this type of question to evaluate your learners’ ability to put items in a sequential order. Best to use for subjects where ordering is significant.

For your learners

Your learners must arrange the items in a sequential order, respective to the question.

Short and Long answer questions

What’s it?

These type of questions are similar to questions and answers. You need to put a character limit on both short and long answers.

These type of questions are subjective. Useful to assess learners’ ability to reason, analyze, evaluate the question material. You can use it to verify your learners’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. Can be scored automatically using target keywords.

For your learners

Learners are required to write a short or long answer based on the answer character limit for the respective question. It needs learners to write text answer instead of choosing the correct answer from the list of options.

Hotspot question

What’s it?

Hotspot is a question type which contains an image presented along with a statement. You need to mark the correct answer area on the image.

Hotspot Question Type

It’s super easy. You can use this question to estimate whether your learners know their stuff. Graded automatically.

For your learners

To answer this question, your learners must identify and click on the correct area of the image.

For automatic grading, you can add scores to a correct or incorrect answer to all the question types.

These are just some of the most common types of quiz questions used for e-learning. You can create quizzes using different kinds of questions based on your content and learning objectives. Want details on other varieties of questions? Feel free to contact us at examinationonline.com


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