Numeric question

Applies to the following products: 
Questionmark OnDemand
Questionmark OnPremise

On this screen, you can specify the following details for a Numeric question:

In a Numeric question, the participant answers by typing in either a whole number or a real number. Answers can be defined within a specified range, with scores being assigned for accuracy.

When you have entered the question wording, choices and description, it is recommended that you check the spelling of your text. To do so, click the Spell Check button.

The following options are available when saving a question:

  1. Click Save to save all changes and continue editing the question. A message appears confirming the question has been saved.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Save button and then:
    • select Save and new Multiple Choice to save all changes and begin creating a new Multiple Choice question,
    • hover over Save and new..., and then select the type of question to create,
    • or select Save and exit to save all changes and exit the question editor.

If changes have been made to a question, a revision comment must be entered first before exiting the question editor.

Click Exit to leave the question editor. If any changes have been made to the question, a message appears warning that these changes will not be saved.

Setting the delivery style

It is possible to choose how you want to deliver the question. You can deliver the question in the following styles:

  • Scored provides the ability to add specific scoring and feedback values to the question choices.
  • Unscored provides a simple question layout for survey-based assessments with no access to setting scores or adding feedback.

Adding the question wording

To create or edit the wording for your question, click where it says "Click here to change the question wording" and enter the question wording. You can use the text formatting toolbar to present the question wording in any way you wish. Refer to Using the text formatting toolbar for more information on how to do this.

Creating question choices

When you create a Numeric question, a single question choice is automatically added to the question. The text of this default choice (and any additional choices added) is set to "Enter new choice text here." To change this text, click where it says "Enter new choice text here" and enter the choice wording you desire. You can use the text formatting toolbar to present choices in any way you wish. Refer to Using the text formatting toolbar for more information on how to do this.

To add an additional question choice, click Add New Choice in the toolbox. The new choice will be added to the list of choices.

To delete a question choice, click the delete button next to the question choice.

Ordering choices

Once you have created your question choices, you can arrange them in a particular order by selecting a choice and dragging it to the desired location.

Creating question answers

The question answers can be defined using the Answer type drop-down box. You can set the answer type to:

  • Equal to means that the participant needs to enter the exact number to gain a score for the question.
  • Greater than means that the participant needs to enter a number value higher than the one defined by the author to gain a score for the question.
  • Less than means that the participant needs to enter a number value less than the one defined by the author to gain a score for the question.
  • Within range means that the participant needs to enter the exact number defined by the author to gain the "Correct Feedback" score but can gain the "Within Range Feedback" score if they enter a number that falls within range of the minimum and maximum values defined by the author.

If the "Within range" answer type is selected, you can only have one question choice per question. When the "Within range" answer type is selected, the Add New Choice button is disabled, and no other choices can be added to the question. If you want a Numeric question to include more than one choice, the answer type must be set to one of the other options ("Equal to," "Greater than," or "Less than"). If your question includes more than one choice and you want to change the answer type to "Within range," delete all but one of the choices in order to be able to set the answer type to "Within range."

Scoring answers

To score a question answer, enter the desired score in the Correct Feedback field. Alternatively, you can use the up and down arrows next to the field to increase/decrease the score for the answer.

If the "Within range" answer type is selected, you can also enter a Within Range Feedback score, where the participant earns a score (usually less than the "Correct Feedback" score) for entering a number that falls within range of the minimum and maximum values defined by the author.

Checking the Score per match option in the toolbox will give a score for each correct answer given. If the Score per match option is not selected, a score is only given by entering all of a particular combination of correct answers. To set the score for entering the correct or incorrect answers, enter the score in the relevant textbox. If the "Within range" answer type is selected, "Score per match" cannot be selected, as there can only be one choice (and thus only one answer) for this answer type.

Setting feedback

You can choose to present feedback to participants based on if they get the answer correct or not (or, if the answer type is set to "Within range," within range of the minimum and maximum allowed values). You may wish to provide more details to the participant on why a particular choice is correct or incorrect (or within range of the exact value). For example, "The square root of 12 is actually 3.46410162."

To present feedback for correct and incorrect answers, click where it says "Enter new feedback here" and enter the feedback you require. If you would prefer not to include feedback, leave the textbox empty so that it displays "Enter new feedback here" when not selected. To see all the feedback entries, click Show Feedback. If the Score per match option is selected, you will only be able to provide general feedback for the answer.

Editing question properties

Clicking Edit Question Properties allows authors to view and define specific details about questions. These details can be used by other authors to help review the question or identify where in the workflow process it is. For details about the available properties, please refer to Assigning question properties for more information on how to do this.

Adding a comment box

Adding a comment box to a question enables participants to provide a response to the question. This is particularly useful when creating surveys.

To add a comment box to a question, click Add Comment Box. The comment box will be added to the bottom of the question.

Once a comment box has been added, you can edit the text used to introduce the comment box. By default, this is: "Add your comment:"

Adding an additional outcome

In cases where a participant tries to continue an assessment without completing a question, an additional outcome can be set for a "no answer" outcome.

To add an additional outcome:

  1. Click Additional Outcome. The Additional Outcome screen will open.
  2. Enter feedback corresponding to the "no answer" outcome for the question.
  3. Click Save.