True/False question type

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.3. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle is probably available here: True/False question type.


A student is given only two choices for an answer in this kind of question: True or False. The question content can include an image or html code.

When feedback is enabled, the appropriate feedback message is shown to the student after the answer. For example, if the correct answer is "False", but they answer "True" (getting it wrong) then the "True" feedback is shown.

Question set-up

  1. Select the question category
  2. Give the question a descriptive name - this allows you to identify it in the question bank.
  3. Enter a question in the 'question text' field.
  4. Select an image to display if you want to add a picture to the question. For the student, it appears immediately after the question text and before the choices.
  5. Set the 'default question grade' (i.e. the maximum number of marks for this question).
  6. Set the 'Penalty factor' (see Penalty factor below).
  7. Moodle 1.7+: If you wish, add general feedback. This is text that appears to the student after he/she has answered the question.
  8. Select the correct answer - true or false.
  9. Finally, provide feedback for each of the answers 'true' and 'false'.
  10. Click 'Save changes' to add the question to the category.

Penalty factor

The 'penalty factor' only applies when the question is used in a quiz using adaptive mode - i.e. where the student is allowed multiple attempts at a question even within the same attempt at the quiz. If the penalty factor is more than 0, then the student will lose that proportion of the maximum grade upon each successive attempt. For example, if the default question grade is 10, and the penalty factor is 0.2, then each successive attempt after the first one will incur a penalty of 0.2 x 10 = 2 points.

Tip and tricks

  • In some versions of Moodle, it is not possible to give credit for either answer in a true false quiz question. For example, after the test is given one of the true/false question is found not to be clear and where a fixed number of questions must be used for a grade. Tip: a multiple choice question with two answers (true & false) can have both rescored as correct in a quiz.
  • Remember that the teacher will see a difference in edit mode between this kind of question in a Quiz and a Lesson.