Multiple response
  • 06 Jul 2021
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You can create Multiple Response questions in Cirrus. Simply go to your Library, create or select a collection and click ‘+ Add’ or use the drop-down arrow to select this question type. You will be presented with the screen below.

The Multiple Response (MR) question type is similar to Multiple Choice, only it allows you to set more than one correct answer to be selected by the candidate.

Enter the Title

Write down your Item title here. This is for internal use only; this title will be visible in your Library and further in the process. This title is not visible for candidates taking their exam.

Enter the question

Click inside the text box to enter (or edit) your question. Use the text editor for a range of text editing options. This editor is the same across all question types.

The text editor bar also allows you to add Media Files. You can also Add Resource files and larger Media Files using the two buttons below the text box. For more information about adding and using Media Files, click here.

Enter the answer alternatives

Enter your answer alternatives into theavailable boxes. By default, there will be 3 answer boxes. Click on ‘Add Alternative’ to add more. Or, if you wish to delete any answer boxes, use the ‘Remove’ button next to the alternative.

To select the correct answers, simply tick the boxesnext to the appropriate answers. This time you will be able to select more than one if you wish.

Set maximum score for this question

You will also have to set a maximum score for the question. Simply enter a number into the box.

Scoring type

You can change the 'Scoring type' from Dichotomous to Polytomous. 

With Dichotomous scoring the candidate must answer everything correct in order to get a score. Polytomous scoring gives the candidate partial score if answered partially correct.


Also see our article about scoring rules that zooms in on the use of Dichotomous and Polytomous scoring.

Save, close, preview & cancel

  • Click the ‘Save’ button to save the item.
  • Click ‘Save and Close’ if you wish to return to your collection overview.
  • You can use the ‘Preview’ button to see what the question will look like to the candidate and make sure that the correct answer receives the correct marks.
  • Hit 'Cancel' to exit the question editor. You will be see a warning about savingthe page, otherwise your data will get lost.

Specific options

Hit 'Options' to access / setup options. Besides some general Item Options, you can tweak a couple of additional options for this question. This additional options let you randomise the order of answer alternatives, fix the position of certain alternatives and add labels.

  • Each Item also has some general Item Options. Click here to learn more about these options.
  • The Item's side-panel to the right lets you manage certain tags, also revered to as 'meta data'. Click here to learn more about these tags.

This is how labels will look like when candidates are taking their exam.Randomise order

Ticking this option will randomise the order of all answer alternatives during exam delivery.

Fixed position of alternatives

This allows you to fix the position of answer alternatives, while using random order. So this option collaborates with 'Randomise order'. You can only tick this in combination with 'Randomise order'.

Add labels for candidate delivery

This option will add an enumeration with letters to the answer alternatives. It's only visible to candidates during exam delivery. This option does not work together with 'Randomise order' and/or 'Fixed position of alternatives'.

 Maximum number of candidate selection

'Equal to correct options' ensures that candidates can select an amount of answers equal to the amount of correct answers. So if you, for example, have 5 answer alternatives and 2 correct answers, candidates are able to select a maximum of 2 answers.

Set this option to 'No limit' will ensure that candidates can select as many answers as they want. So if you, for example, have 5 answer alternatives and 2 correct answers candidates are able to select a maximum of 5 answers.

Zero score when answered all alternatives with 'No limit'
When a candidate decides to check all possible alternatives in combination with a Polytomous scoring type it will result in zero points for the candidate. To avoid this, we advise using the option setting: "equal to correct options".

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