Multiple choice test is the most popular type of online tests and exams. Such tests are quite easy to create, but at the same time they are a very effective tool if you need to test knowledge and skills of your students or your company’s employees.
If you want to create a multiple choice test online, you can do it with web applications like HmmQuiz. Web services of this kind let you create simple quizzes or complex exams, which include not only multiple choice questions, but also questions of other types, like fill in the blank or even free text or essay questions.
In this article we will discuss how you can make your multiple choice quiz with HmmQuiz. We won’t review all the aspects of the test creation process in detail, since they are already covered in the special big article — How to Create a Test Online: the Ultimate Guide.
Here we will focus mainly on the topics that are related specifically to the multiple choice tests, in order to figure out what is the best way to create tests and exams of this type.
Add multiple choice questions
If you already created a test according to the first four steps of this guide, you can start adding questions to your test. Of course, if you want to create a multiple choice test, then your obvious choice is to start adding multiple choice questions.
This is the default question type in HmmQuiz, so all you have to do to add such a question to your test is to enter the question body (for example, “Which ocean is the deepest one?”) and then add all the possible answers below.
For multiple choice questions you have to prepare at least two possible answers. If you need more answer options, you can add as many rows for answers as you need, by just clicking on the “+ add” link below the default set of fields for the answers.
Also make sure that you checked some answer as the correct one. Otherwise the application will ask you to do this.
Of course, in order to make your questions more interesting, you can also add an image or even a video to them. In HmmQuiz it can be done in the “Add Image or Video” section of the page where you create a question.
Other question types you can use in your multiple choice test
When you create a multiple choice test, you can also add questions of other types that basically just enhance the concept of the multiple choice question.
One of such alternative question types is the multiple response question. Its only difference from the multiple choice question is that with this question type you can create questions where several answers are correct, instead of only a single correct answer in a classic multiple choice question.
The true or false question type is also the option to consider during the multiple choice test creation process, since it allows you to narrow possible answers down to only two options — the statement in the question body is either true or false.
Probably, the most interesting alternative question type is the multiple choice text question. This question type allows you to enter the regular text with blanks containing multiple options to fill these blanks with. This question type is especially useful when your questions need to have a lot of answer options (10, 20, or even more), because in such a case a classic multiple choice question might be a little bit inconvenient for your quiz takers due to so many lines containing answer options on the screen, especially if this is the screen of a smartphone.
Make sure questions in your test aren’t too easy to answer
While creating a multiple choice test, it’s very important to ensure that your questions don’t have the same pattern of the correct answer placement, when, for example, the correct answer is always the first one. It’s pretty easy to accidentally make this mistake when you need to add dozens or even hundreds of questions, and simply cannot pay enough attention to each of them.
Thankfully, with online testing tools like HmmQuiz it’s not a problem at all. If you use such an application, you don’t even need to be worrying about it — the app will automatically shuffle answers for each question for each test taker (and even for the same test taker if she or he is allowed to take the test several times). All you need to do to let the application do it is to check the “Shuffle answers” option in the “Anti-Cheating” section of your test settings.
You might also find useful the “Randomize question order” option, which is available next to the “Shuffle answers” checkbox. Similarly to how the latter option shuffles answers within each question, the former option shuffles questions within the test.