Standard Types of Question

Calculative Type

Questions of a calculative nature provide a means of creating individualized numerical questions using wildcards instead of set values.    

Descriptive Type

These are not real exam questions. They are a case of (possibly) a tutor printing some texts with, perhaps, graphics. However, no answer is required. For example, these information sheets are sometimes used as a way of providing advice or instructions about an upcoming exam or set of questions. 

Essay Writing

Essays are often written as a response to one or more questions, sometimes with images. Essentially, the student writes their answer in the form of an essay.

Match Answers with Questions

In this scenario, the student is given two lists – one with questions and one with answers. Participants must match the questions and answers correctly. 

Questions with Text-Embedded Answers

These types of questions are extremely flexible. The format (Moodle format) consists of text passages with answers hidden or embedded in them. The questions vary in type, ranging from short answer questions and numerical-style questions to multi-choice questions.

Multi-Choice Questions

A number of possible answers are provided for each question. The student selects the one they think is correct. In fact, multi-choice questions come in two types a) one answer and b) several answers.

Short (One Word or Phrase) Answers

Here, the student is given a question, which may have an image included, and their task is to answer using one word or one phrase. It is possible there will be several right answers to suit a variety of grades. The answers may be case sensitive or may not.   

Number-based (Numerical) Questions

A question requiring a numerical answer can look very similar to questions requiring short answers from the viewpoint of the student. The key difference is that there is a margin of error in numerical-style questions. This provides scope for the setting of a continual range of possible answers.

Questions with True or False Answers

The respondent chooses either ‘True’ or ‘False’ in answer to a given question, which may have an image included.

Questions of the Third-Party Variety

As well as standard-type questions, these types are part of Moodle’s core offering. These are often plugin-type questions contributed by members of the community.  

Questions of the Drag/Drop Variety

Please refer to our tutorial for additional information on drag-and-drop style question and answer assignments.

Molecule-Style Design

The type of questions generated by the Java Molecular Editor allows the student to design molecular structures.

Opaque-Style Questions

The Opaque system is one that facilitates the use of questions from a number of other Opaque-supported systems within Moodle-type quizzes. This type of question is at the Moodle end of those systems.  

Remote Questions Protocol (RQP)

The remote questions protocol was an attempt to replicate the Opaque system. This was a third party type of question.

Regular Expression (RegExp) Short Answer

The regular expression short answer (RegExp Short Answer) was similar to questions of the short answer type where students were expected to provide one-word or one-phrase (i.e. short answers) in response to “open” questions. However, the system for analyzing answers to regular expression questions is more powerful. Therefore, the feedback provided by a tutor can be more adapted. These types of questions are available via the Modules and Plugins Database.  

You will find more information on all the above question and answer styles on’s website.