Question Types Matching & Sorting Question
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Matching & Sorting Question

In the Matching & Sorting Question, the user is asked to match a set of Items with a set of Options. If the options represent ranks (orders) , the question looks like (becomes) a Sorting Question.

We start creating our question (as in all questions) by typing our question in the Question Title section.

Matching Items with Options in the Options Pool

In this case, items and a pool of options are created. The user matches each item with an option in the options pool. It is possible to set up to how many times each option (added to the options pool) can be matched with an item.

Example: Question of Matching Countries with Capitals

  • For example, our items are 3 countries: France , Germany and Italy.
  • Let's add 3 capitals to the options pool : Paris, Berlin and Rome . Since we want each option to be matched 1 time, let's set the Max. No. of Use of each option to 1.

  • In this way, three countries (items) are listed to user and the user is asked to pair each with one of the three capitals (options pool). By opening the question preview we can view the question we created.

  • Since we set the Max. No. of Use of each option as 1 in the options pool , if the user matches Italy with Rome, he/she will no longer see Rome again in the next matching.

  • If you want an option to be re-selected, you can increase the Max. No. of Use of the option in the options pool.

Matching Each Item with Its Unique Options

In this case, while the items are created, unique options are added to each item. In this case, we do not use the Options Pool.

Matching Countries with Another Neighboring Country

  • As in the previous example, let's create 3 countries as items: France , Germany and Italy.
  • This time, however, we will add unique options to each item. For example, we add the following unique options for France: Belgium , Austria and Bulgaria

  • Similarly, for Germany, let's add the following unique options: Austria , Greece and Turkey
  • Similarly, let's add the following unique options for Italy : Switzerland , Romania and Bulgaria
  • Let's open the Preview of the questions. As you can see, the user will now be able to match each item to one of the unique options:

Restricting the Number of Matches to be Made

You can offer many items to the user, but you may require selection for only some of these items

  • Maximum Matching: Determines the maximum number of matches the user can make.
  • Minimum Matching: Determines the minimum number of matches the user can make.

For example, you might want to create five items, each one to be a Country, and only match two with one of the two options: My first option, My second option

    First, let's make the Maximum Match and Minimum Match numbers 2 . Because we want a match for only 2 out of 5 countries.
  • Let's create 5 items: Germany , France , Turkey , Belgium and Italy
  • Let's add 2 options to the options pool: My first option and My second option
  • Let's open our preview and check our question. The user will only be able to match for 2 items (country).

Determining the Contribution Rates of Options and Calculating the Success Rate

How much each match made by the user will contribute to the Success Rate of the user is determined by the Automatic Scoring Rules. The user gets as much success as the Sum of Contribution Rates defined for the matches he / she has made.

After preparing your question, you can determine how much the Success Rate will be increased for each item, when the user makes the match . For this, we will add the Automatic Scoring Rule to each item. If the user performs the relevant matching, the Contribution Rate that we will express in this rule is added to the Success Rate that the user will obtain from the question.

In the screen below; If the User matches the Germany item with "My First option", we ensure that the system achieves the user Full Success (100%) from this question

In this case, the user will earn the Total of the Contribution Rates you set based on the matching made for each item. So ensure that the Total Contribution Rates are 100%.

Multiplying Success Rate by Question Point

As a result, the user matches a few items and achieves a Success Rate of -100% to 100%. As we will see on the Point and Dimensions page, this success rate multiplies by the point of the question and affects the exam result. For example, if the user has 100% success from a question and the point is 2, the exam score (100% x 2 =) is increased by 2 points.


Note that the matching question is perceived by the system as 1 question. Keep this in mind when determining Contribution Rates and Question Points.

For example, in the question below, we added 4 countries as items and then we entered 3 options for all. The user chose the right option for all items. Now how do we ensure that the user achieves Full Success (100%) from this question and what should be the point of this question?

In this question, we will add one Automatic Scoring Rule for each item and the Contribution Rate of all will be 25%. This way the user will get 100% if he/she chooses the right option for all 4 items.

  • For France item, 25% to Belgium option
  • For Germany matter, 25% to Austria option
  • For Italy matter, 25% to Swiss option
  • For Portugal item, 25% to Spain option

Finally, we make the point value of this question 4 because this question actually has 4 matches. Of course, you can also set the point of the question as 1 , but in this case, as a result of the matches in this question, you can earn at most 1 point. To learn more about scoring, check the Point and Dimensions page.

The Matching & Sorting Question is perceived by the system as a single question regardless of how many matches are made . Therefore, if you are asking a question that the user will make many matches, remember to determine the point of the question according to the number of matches made.