Matching question type


Matching questions have a content area and a list of names or statements which must be correctly matched against another list of names or statements. For example "Match the Capital with the Country" with the two lists "Canada, Italy, Japan" and "Ottawa, Rome, Tokyo". In the Quiz Module, each match is equally weighted to contribute towards the grade for the total question.


Question set-up in Question bank

  1. Select the question category
  2. Give the question a descriptive name - this allows us to identify it in the question bank.
  3. Enter some instructions in the 'Question text' field to tell the students what they are matching.
  4. Set the 'Default mark' (i.e. the maximum number of points for this question).
  5. If you wish, add general feedback. This is text that appears to the student after he/she has answered the question.
  6. Check the 'shuffle' box if you want the answers in the drop-down menus to be shuffled. Note: The Quiz display setting must also be set to shuffle within a questions for this to work.
  7. For the first matching item, enter the question and a matching answer.
  8. Fill in at least two questions and three answers. Click 'Blanks for 3 more questions' to add more. We can enter as many as 10 items (or more - see 'See also' below). We can provide extra wrong answers by giving an answer with a blank question.
  9. Set the 'Penalty for each incorrect try' (see grading below).
  10. Click Save changes to add the question to the category.


Repeated entries

It is possible to have repeated entries in one of the lists but care should be taken to make the repeats identical. For example "Identify the type of these creatures" with the lists "Ant, Cow, Dog, Sparrow" and "Insect, Mammal, Mammal, Bird".

Having more answers than questions

It is possible to have more answers than the number of questions; just put in more answers, without any corresponding question. It also works if several subquestions have the same answers; for example if you have five parts to the question all with answer either "yes" or "no".

Ordered questions

In the Quiz module, it is possible for both the question list and the answer list to be shuffled. The answer list is always shuffled. The "shuffle within questions" must be "Yes" as a quiz setting under Display AND the shuffle question box must be check on the individual question.

Consider the question "Match the letter with its position in the alphabet" with the question list "1, 2, 3, 4" and answer list "A, B, C, D". The answer list is always shuffled for each student in the pull down list of the possible matches. However, only when both the quiz and individual question shuffles are turned on, will the question list be shuffled to something like "2,4,1,3".

Lesson Module matching questions

Matching questions are also used in the Lesson Module. However, while they look similar to the student, they are different for the teacher. Quizzes don't have jumps.

Ordered questions in Lesson Module

In the Lesson Module, unlike Multiple choice questions or the Quiz Module, the question list is always the same order and the choices are shown in a random order.

Tips and tricks

See also