(Last Updated: October 15, 2019)
When it comes to creating online quizzes, randomizing questions and shuffling answer options are useful to teachers in avoiding cheating. 

Let’s look at the following example:

Randomize Questions and Shuffle their Answer Options

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Assume that you have a question bank of 30 questions. Now, you want to create a quiz with different versions from those 30 questions. In other words, you want the order of those questions and their answer options to be randomized. Thanks to that, each student will get a different version when they take part in the quiz. No one will get the same version with the same order of questions and their answer options. Therefore, they have no chance to cheat. 

In that event, a question arises: “How can I randomize the order of questions and their answer options at ease?”. With Question Pools, Random Slides, and Shuffle Answers features, ActivePresenter supports you to solve this problem in a matter of minutes. This today blog post will show you how to do that.

Let’s start right now!

Overview  

In brief, ActivePresenter allows you to:

  • Create question banks with 9 types of interactive questions
  • Pull questions from question banks and display them randomly in the output
  • Mix up answer options for each question and display them randomly in the output
  • Randomize both questions and their answer options at the same time

Creating Questions Banks 

As you know, a question bank is a collection of many questions. A question bank comes in handy for creating quizzes as teachers can select questions from it. For this reason, a question bank is an essential teaching aid for many teachers.

In ActivePresenter, a question bank includes a list of question slides. Therefore, question banks are named Slide Pools (also known as Question Pools).

To create a question bank or a slide pool, please follow the two steps below:

Step 1: Creating a New Slide Pool

To create a new slide pool in ActivePresenter, open the View tab and click the Slide Pools button. Then, you will see the Slide Pools pane appears with a default slide pool (called Pool 1). 

the Slide Pool Pane

You can rename the default slide pool, delete it, or add more pools as you wish. See Create Question Pool for further information. 

Step 2: Adding Questions to a Slide Pool

After creating a new pool, now it’s time to add questions to that pool. 

There are three ways to add questions to a slide pool. The first way is to move existing question slides from the Slides pane to a slide pool. The second way is to import slide pools from available projects to the current one. Both ways come in handy when you already have projects created in ActivePresenter. See Create Question Pool if you want to learn more about these two ways. 

However, if you’re new to ActivePresenter and have not created any project yet, you can add questions directly in a slide pool. The following section will guide you this third way.

To add questions in a slide pool, just right click anywhere in the Slide Pools pane, then select New Slide. A new slide will appear on the Canvas as below:

Add Questions to a Slide Pool

ActivePresenter 7 currently supports you to create 9 types of interactive questions with a few clicks. You just need to click any button on the slide to create a new question.

  • (1) for True/ False Question
  • (2) for Multiple Choice Question
  • (3) for Multiple Response Question
  • (4) for Fill in Blank Question
  • (5) for Fill in Multiple Blanks Question
  • (6) for Essay Question
  • (7) for Sequence Question
  • (8) for Drag-n-Drop Question 
  • (9) for Rating Scale (Linkert) Question

After clicking one of these buttons, a new question slide with built-in layout appears. You can click to add question title (1), create and edit answer options in the answer area (2), and add more answers (3):

Multiple Choice Questions Slide in ActivePresenter See Creating Quizzes in ActivePresenter 7 for further information if needed.

Randomizing Questions 

In the previous part, you’ve already finished creating your own question banks in ActivePresenter. In this section, you will learn how to pull questions from your question banks to create different versions of the same quiz. This can be done by using Random Slide feature.

So, what is a random slide? As its name implies, a random slide will help to automatically select a question from a slide pool randomly. 

Follow these 2 steps to randomize questions using Random Slide feature: 

Step 3: Inserting Random Slides

To insert a random slide, you’ll head to the Slides tab and click the Random Slide button.

Please take note that if you want to randomize the order of n quiz questions, you need to insert n random slides. For instance, if you want to randomize the order of 30 questions as mentioned in the above example, you need to insert 30 random slides.

Step 4: Linking Random Slides to Specific Pools

After inserting random slides, you need to perform one more step in order to draw questions from slide pools. That is, in the Slides pane, select one or more random slides. Then, head to the Properties pane, select a pool from the Linked Pool drop-down list:

Randomize QuestionsUsing Random Slides Feature

This action will help you to link random slides to a specific pool. Thanks to that, random slides will display question slides in that pool by chance. In other words, each time your quiz is taken, different questions will be pulled randomly from that specific pool.

For more information about Random Slide feature, visit Using Random Slides

Shuffling Answer Options 

Not only allows to randomize the order of quiz questions, ActivePresenter but also assists in shuffling answer options for each question.

To do that, just select the answer area, then navigate to the Properties pane, open the Interactivity tab (1), in the Score and Reporting section (2), select the Shuffle Answers check box (3):

How to Shuffle Answer Options

That’s all you need to do to randomize answer options for a question.

With Shuffle Answers feature, answer options for every question will be mixed up. Thanks to that, learners may get the same questions but different order of answer options. 

However, bear in mind that the Shuffle Answers property (3) is only available for four question types. They are True/ False, Multiple Choice, Multiple Response, and Drag-n-Drop questions.

With Sequence question, you do not need to do anything. ActivePresenter will automatically mix up its answer options.

With the other types of questions (Essay, Fill in Blank, Fill in Multiple Blanks, and Rating Scale), you cannot shuffle their answer options because of its nature. 

Randomizing Questions and Answer Options Simultaneously

In the previous sections, you’ve learnt how to randomize questions and mix up answer options separately. If you want to randomize the order of both quiz questions and their answer options at the same time, please perform all steps mentioned above. However, note that if you want randomize both, you should shuffle answer options during the Step 2: Adding Questions to a Slide Pool. It helps you to save much time and effort.

Later on, you can create different versions of the same quiz in which both questions and answer options are mixed up.

Tips and Tricks 

#1: Do not Create Answer Options like “All of the above” or “Both A and C are correct”

If you shuffle answers for a question, the order of answer options is changed each time learners take a quiz. Therefore, answer options like “Both A and C are correct” or “All of the above” will not be correct or make sense. See the following question and its answer options: 

Example of Shuffling Answer Options

This is a Multiple Choice Question created in ActivePresenter 7. The correct answer for this question is “All of the above countries”. This option should be at the bottom of the answer option list. However, as you select the Shuffle Answer check box, answer options for the question are mixed up, so this option is randomly displayed at the top of the list. 

Tip: In such cases, instead of using Multiple Choice Question, you should use Multiple Response Question. Thanks to that, learners can tick all correct answer options. Therefore, you do not need to create answer options like “Both A and C are correct” or “All of the above”. 

#2: Creating Different Quizzes from a Specific Slide Pool

Apart from the ability to randomize the order of questions, ActivePresenter also allows you to create different quizzes from a specific slide pool.

For your easy understanding, let’s take an example. Assume that you have a question bank of 100 questions. You want to create different quizzes with 30 questions taken from this bank. That means 30 questions in those quizzes can be totally different because ActivePresenter will randomly select 30 out of 100 questions from the bank.

In this case, you just need to create a slide pool of 100 questions. Then, insert 30 random slides in the Slides pane and link it to the pool. As a result, you can create different 30-question quizzes from the question bank of 100 questions. 

#3: Setting Difficulty Level for Questions in a Quiz

When creating different quizzes from a specific slide pool, you may face a problem. That is, the difficulty level of different versions will not be the same. For instance, one version includes many easy questions while the other version consists of many difficult questions. This leads to the unfairness for a student who gets the later version.

Therefore, to ensure that each student will get a quiz with the same level of difficulty compared to the others, you can use Slide Pools and Random Slide features to set difficulty level for each question.

To do that, you just simply create different slide pools and name them after difficulty levels. For example, Easy Questions pool, Moderate Questions pool, and Difficult Questions pool. Next, sort questions into difficulty levels and add them to the corresponding slide pools. 

Set the Difficulty Level for Questions

Then, link random slides to these pools. For instance, 10 random slides to Easy Questions, 10 random slides to Moderate Questions, and 10 to Difficult Questions.

Following these steps, you can create different 30-question quizzes with the same level of difficulty.

That’s all you need to know about how to randomize questions and shuffle answer options in ActivePresenter. If you are struggling with this problem and finding a way to resolve it, just download ActivePresenter and give it a try!

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