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Create Multiple Choice Problems with 2-8 options

You all have often requested the ability to set the number of MCQ options. You want to post "True/False" questions without having dummy options like "Do not click this". We have heard the voices and been plotting to silence you all by... doing just that!

Now, when you post a multiple choice question, you will start with a default of 4 options.
You can choose to reduce the number of options (minimum of 2), by selecting the grey cancel button.
You can also choose to increase the number of options (maximum of 8), by selecting "Add an option".

As usual, the first option will always be the correct answer, so if you delete that option, the second option will move up and become the new correct answer. (You probably don't want to do this...) Finally, note that all of your choices have to be filled out in order to preview the problem. Please remove empty fields that you do not want.

Enjoy!

Note by Calvin Lin
2 years, 4 months ago

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Isn't it a nice idea to have multiple answers correct? Like JEE style. I always do them wrong. For example, lets take a question.

Q. Which of the following numbers are prime?

• 2

• 3

• 6

• 9

Now if someone has marked an extra option or missed a correct one, it would be wrong otherwise correct. · 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes it is a nice idea. · 2 years, 4 months ago

Same here! · 2 years, 4 months ago

Nice! Does the choices appear randomly, i.e. it would not appear in the same order for everyone? I haven't tried MC questions but definitely will with this new option! · 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes, for simplicity, we decided that multiple choice questions will always randomly display the options. We have considered allowing for the ability to fix the options, but then that started getting complicated to place on the creation screen. If there is a need for fixing options, then we will look into it further. For now, we feel that it does not hinder the publishing of problems.

Staff members do have the ability to fix the order of their questions, like in the SAT section. In this scenario, it made sense for the options $$A, B, C, D, E$$ to always appear in sequence, just like they would on the SAT. Staff · 2 years, 4 months ago

Nice idea! I had been waiting for this. · 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks a lot! I just created my first Don't Think Carefully · 2 years, 4 months ago

I plan to create a series like this :P, based on various topics. For now, try this :- Dont think carefully part-2 · 2 years, 4 months ago

@Calvin Lin Are we allowed the change the number of options of an existing problem? · 2 years, 4 months ago

No. As a problem creator, if you want to change the number of options, or change the options, you should report the problem and let me know what to change. This is similar to having a wrong answer, where you should report the question and state the answer. Staff · 2 years, 4 months ago