Multiple Choice: process of checking

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04 Oct, 2017 02:50 PM


I'd suggest a better way of checking how answers are marked as correct in multiple choice quizzes. The problems are (tested with "Wrong Choices Provided"):

.) Right now, when clicking on one of the choices (A,B,C,...) it's immediately revealed if the selected choice was wrong and which one was correct by displaying a red and green frame around the answers.
.) There's always only one single answer recognized as correct, although there are more than one flagged with "correct choice" in the facet of the note.
.) Answers are sampled together from different notes, mixing correct and wrong answers, but only allowing marking one answer as correct even if there are ones that are correct. Essentially correct answers are flagged as wrong, even when they are not (screenshot).

My proposal:

.) Click and select different choices (A, B, C,..) then click on an extra button "check answers" and then, lastly indicate if the selected answers where correct or not
.) the interface should indicate clearly which answers where selected right and wrong (see example screenshots)
.) the study mode "wrong choices provided" should not mix facets from different notes rather take the facets per note

so long,

  1. 1 Posted by boristimp on 05 Oct, 2017 09:01 AM

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  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by drewmccormack on 06 Oct, 2017 06:34 AM

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    Yes, this is an ongoing discussion here. We would like to support having the option for multiple choice quizzes with multiple answers, but currently that is not supported.

    The results you are seeing are because you have setup multiple correct answers for each note, and that will not work properly.

    We've heard this feedback before, and would like to see if we can add support in future. It requires quite a bit overhaul of slideshow logic, and even navigation behavior (eg it is annoying to have to hit an extra button to check answers, but otherwise how do you know someone is finished answering. That is a big downside in my view.)


  3. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 06 Oct, 2017 06:34 AM.

  4. boristimp re-opened this discussion on 05 Nov, 2017 07:26 PM

  5. 3 Posted by boristimp on 05 Nov, 2017 07:26 PM

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    Ongoing discussion? This was the main reason I bought this app. Cite from the website: "Begin a multiple choice quiz"

    At the current state I'd rather not name that feature a multiple choice quiz, its just single choice.

    Any plans that will be soon implemented? i'm going to take the CISSP and planned leaving Anki behind and using Studies-App.

  6. Support Staff 4 Posted by drewmccormack on 05 Nov, 2017 08:07 PM

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    The term ‘multiple choice’ refers to the fact that there are multiple options, and you have to choose the correct one. It is a standard term.

    We would like to allow multiple correct answers, but it requires reasonably big internal changes. Can’t give any time scale.

    If it is an essential feature, you may be best to stick with Anki for now. Another option is to setup your quizzes so that the correct options appear in a single response. Eg.

    Which are colors?
    A. red
    B. green
    C. tree

    Could be rewritten as…

    What are colors?
    A. red and tree
    B. red and green
    C. tree and green

  7. 5 Posted by boristimp on 05 Nov, 2017 08:09 PM

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    The term ‘multiple choice’ refers to the fact that there are multiple options, and you have to choose the correct one. It is a standard term.

    No thats wrong. Thats single choice. If there's only one (correct) option to choose, thats single choice.

  8. Support Staff 6 Posted by drewmccormack on 05 Nov, 2017 08:11 PM

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    Well, we just use the standard dictionary definition.

    multiple-choice | ˈməltəpəl ˈˌCHois |
    (of a question on a test) accompanied by several possible answers from which the candidate must try to choose the correct one.
    But it is not that important. The point is we indeed only support the form of quiz that has a single correct answer.


  9. 7 Posted by boristimp on 05 Nov, 2017 08:18 PM

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    Ok there are cultural differences how multiple choice is defined, from wikipedia:

    "It should be noted that multiple choice in English strictly a valid answer from several means (therefore a false friend), which corresponds to German single choice, while several valid answer options in English is called multiple response. [2] [3]"

    So, just to clarify the terms we're a talking about. And thats indeed important because the information on your website led me to the decision to buy the app!

  10. Support Staff 8 Posted by drewmccormack on 05 Nov, 2017 08:22 PM

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    Wikipedia makes it clear that the term ‘multiple choice’ in English (which our web site is) means what we say it means. The other term — ‘multiple response’ — is used for what you would like to have.

    Given that you bought the app under a false impression, I am happy to refund the purchase if you purchased directly from us. If you purchased from the Mac App Store, you can contact Apple to get a refund.

    it is not our intention to mislead anyone, and we offer a free trial from our web site so that people can try the app before purchasing.

    Kind regards,

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