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Question types

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You may add a variety of different types of questions in the Quiz and Lesson modules. This page is about Quiz module question types, some will be similar to Lesson questions types, which are fewer in number and function differently. The standard quiz question types are listed below with brief descriptions. Please use the links on the right side of this page to find more detailed information about standard questions types.

Standard question types


Calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions by the use of wildcards that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken. More on the Calculated question type


This is not a real question. It simply prints some text (and possibly graphics) without requiring an answer. This can be used to provide some information to be used by a subsequent group of questions, for example. More on the Description question type


In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent writes an answer in essay format. More on the Essay question type


A list of sub-questions is provided, along with a list of answers. The respondent must "match" the correct answers with each question. More on the Matching question type

Embedded Answers (Cloze Test / Gap Fill)

These very flexible questions consist of a passage of text (in Moodle format) that has various answers embedded within it, including multiple choice, short answers and numerical answers. More on the Embedded Answers question type

Multiple Choice

In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent chooses from multiple answers. There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer. More on the Multiple Choice question type

Short Answer

In response to a question (that may include an image), the respondent types a word or phrase. There may several possible correct answers, with different grades. Answers may or may not be sensitive to case. More on the Short Answer question type


From the student perspective, a numerical question looks just like a short-answer question. The difference is that numerical answers are allowed to have an accepted error. This allows a continuous range of answers to be set. More on the Numerical question type

Random Short-Answer Matching

From the student perspective, this looks just like a Matching question. The difference is that the sub-questions are drawn randomly from Short Answer questions in the current category. More on the Random Short-Answer Matching question type


In response to a question (that may include an image), the respondent selects from two options: True or False. More on the True/False question type

Third-party question types

Besides the standard question types that are part of the core Moodle distribution, there are question type plugins contributed by the community.

Drag and Drop

Please see the Drag and Drop question tutorial for more information.

Molecule design

The Java Molecular Editor question type allows you to ask students to design and submit a molecular structure.


Opaque is a system for using questions from other systems that support the Opaque protocol within Moodle quizzes. This question type is the Moodle end of that bridge. It can be downloaded from See the Opaque question type tutorial for more information.


RQP was an earlier attempt to do the same thing that Opaque does, but as of Moodle 1.6 it did not work. It used to be in Moodle core, but in Moodle 1.9 it was moved to be a third-part question type. It is probably now only of historical interest.

Regular Expression Short Answer

Like the Short Answer question, the RegExp Short Answer question expects the student to answer an "open" question with a word or a short phrase. However, using so-called regular expressions gives you access to a more powerful system for analysing the student's answers and thus providing more adapted feedback messages. The Regular Expression Short Answer question type is available for Moodle 1.9 and 2.0 from the Modules and plugins database. See the Regular Expression Short-Answer question type page for more information.

Versions and questions

  • Some question types can be exported in version 1.6 to a lesson through use of a GIFT or XML Moodle file.

Question bank

Moodle 1.6 created "Question bank", a database of questions for the quiz module. This database will be available for both quiz and lesson modules in 2.0.

See also

Lesson questions