Using Quizmaker '09 to Build Magazine-Style Assessments Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

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Every so often I talk with a Quizmaker user who wants to create what some folks call a “magazine-style” assessment. You know the kind  — it’s the type of quiz that guides people through a series of questions and then, based on their score, tells them what category or type they fall into.


Contrary to the quizzes you might see in actual magazines on your supermarket checkout racks, these sorts of assessments don’t have to be tacky or cheesey. If they’re well-designed, the assessments can be a great way to create engagement and interactivity in your course. Personality-type quizzes are common examples, and so are quizzes that have titles like “Find Out Your Risk Level for…" (Heart Disease, Identity Theft, Investment Loss, Sun Damage, or some other thing).


So, how do you build a magazine-style assessment in Quizmaker ‘09? At first, it might seem challenging because currently, the results that learners see at the end of a quiz are based on just two outcomes: pass or fail (rather than on specific scoring brackets). But all it takes is some consistency in the way you craft your questions, and a little creativity with the Slide View of the results slide, to help learners interpret their scores based on whatever scoring categories you choose.


Here’s a walk-through of how to do it:



To sum up, these are some things I'd recommend:

  • Be consistent with questions and scoring. When you craft your questions, use the same question type throughout, and use the same scoring rationale on each question. For example, in my sample quiz above, I give the learner just two response choices per question — if the learner picks the response that suggests a more visual learning style, I give them 6 points. If they pick the other response, I give them zero points. You can use this same approach if you prefer multiple-choice questions rather than true/false. You'll want to Score By Answer and assign a staggered point value to the possible responses. For example, if I were to allow 3 choices per question, I’d score them incrementally, like maybe 0 points, 3 points, and 6 points.  
  • Turn off question feedback. Since I didn't want the learner to feel there's a specific right or wrong answer to each question, I eliminated the pop-up question feedback that normally appears after the user submits each answer. You can do this by setting the Feedback selector on each question to None. Or, you could achieve a similar experience for your learners by changing your quiz player template’s navigation to Submit All At Once, since question feedback isn’t used with that navigation method.
  • Remove scoring info from the player. I didn't want any scoring info (such as the possible points on each question, or the points earned so far) to appear on my quiz player, so I removed all that. Brian Batt has a good tutorial about how to do it, and you can find it here.
  • Make the result slide look less “quizzy.” On the Pass Result and Fail Result, I removed all references to “passing” or “failing” the quiz, and I even removed the score percentage. I also made both the Pass Result and the Fail Result slides look identical, since I didn't want learners to feel this is a test that they’ve passed or failed. It’s really more about showing them their score and giving them a way to interpret what that score means. Which brings us to the final point…
  • Include an intuitive key on the result slide. You want to make it easy for learners to see what their score means. An easy way to do this is by including a scoring bracket on the result slide. If you open the Pass Result or Fail Result slide and switch to Slide View, you can design your slide to include whatever information you like. In my example, I added a simple key which shows three scoring brackets and a brief description of what each one means. This way, learners can compare their score with the key to find out which category they fall into.



41 comments so far

Robert Kennedy

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Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:40 AM

This is a cool look Jeanette.

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Great way to use the tool to do what you need. very nice.

Kari Smith

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Posted Monday, May 23, 2011 at 6:34 AM

Thanks for sharing this idea - I love it!

Posted Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:54 AM

You are the Queen of Quizmaker!

Thank you for another great design/development idea.

Hiten Hirani

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Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Great tip Jeanette! A fine example of how flexible we can make our elearning. Out of interest, whats the cool font you are using where you have written 'Your Score:'?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Hello Hiten - the block-style font is called Vive la Rivoluzione, and you can get it for free at The handwritten font is one that came from an Articulate community member and you can get it for free here:

Kathy Hartman

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Posted Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Thanks for sharing.  You really spark my imagination.

Daniel O'Brien

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Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 7:20 AM

I did this recently in my first articulate project.

I was able to give the participant a score and display a bespoke report depending on their score.

I think it's unique and haven't seen it done in quizmaker by anyone else yet??

Have a look at

Username: enterprise

Password: vgb123

(This password will be updated in the future, so if you're reading this post and the password doesn't work - drop me an email at and I'll send you the latest password.)

Daniel O'Brien

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Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Forgot to mention - the personality test is in the first module.

Jeanette Brooks

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Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Awesome work, Dan! For those interested, here's a thread in the forums with more info on Dan's great example:

Phil Kowalski

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Posted Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Amazing idea. However, would it be possible to link from the results page back into the presenter / presentation? E. g.  if I wanted to work with the result that the user is moderately visual and branch off from there... where he / she could improve etc.?

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Hi Phil - there's really not a way to link back to an earlier Presenter slide without getting a little hacky. The best option would be to use Quizmaker's Blank Slide to create the remediation or review slide.

Phil Kowalski

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Posted Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

thanks david for your prompt response. I am trying to get my head around how I could integrate some small little quizzes / evaluations into my presentation so that would mean jumping a lot forth and back between quizmaker and the other applications.

Kathy Hartman

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Posted Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Thanks David,  it all seems so logical AFTER you tell us how something can be done.  Like Phil Kowalski, I too am trying to get my head around jumping back and forth between Quizmaker and other applications.  I just don't quite have the hang of how to make everything flow seamlessly. ...but I am getting there.  Your comment about using the blank slide and staying inside Quizmaker really helped.

Thanks to all of you in the fabulous Articulate Community!

Venkat Mohan

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Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 4:18 AM


I want to develop an e-learning course using Articulate, Engage and flash.

For our own process we have to have more flexibility on content creation, we do need to keep translation in mind e.g. For people Paris has to translate everything into French' and for people in Spain to Spanish..

Any suggestions?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 5:13 AM

Hello Venkat - to offer your content in multiple languages, you'd want to create a separate version of your course for each language. As far as building your content, you can enter your French or Spanish content right in PowerPoint/Presenter, Engage, or Quizmaker, but the translation of the content will be up to you (the software won't translate your content for you). The software will, however, enable you to localize the player, including the menu options and buttons that your users see when they launch your course. Check out the tutorials here: (for Presenter), and (for Quizmaker). This is also a good resource to check out: If you need further help, feel free to post your question in the forums and we can help you out:

Venkat Mohan

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Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM

thank you Jean that was so helpful. Will use this in my project

Posted Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I'm using the magazine style quiz in an e-Learning.  I think it's a great idea and great way to keep learners interested.  I want to remove the "Passing Score" for the Pass/Fail slide and it will not allow me to remove it from the Fail slide!  I remove it and save, and it returns.  Any suggestions?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Hi Jennifer - How are you removing the Passing Score? It sounds like maybe you're going tot he Slide View of the Fail Result slide, selecting the Passing Score placeholders, and pressing your delete key? In order to make it truly go away, do this instead: in Quizmaker, click Fail Result and then (instead of switching to Slide View), just unmark the checkbox called "Show passing score." Then the passing score info should stay gone.

Posted Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 1:11 PM

That's exactly what I was doing, thanks this worked!  

Marisa Davis

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Posted Monday, August 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

This is very cool! I learn so much from your posts!

Fern McCracken

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Posted Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Jeanette is there a way to create a magazine style survey using a Likert survey. I would like the learner to rank a questions from 1 to 5 and then add up the score at the end from each question.  

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Friday, September 02, 2011 at 3:12 AM

Hi Fern! Currently there isn't a way to tally the scores from individual columns on a Likert scale question. That would make a good feature request though:

Tracey Webb

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Posted Friday, September 02, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Great post!  I'll definitely save this one for future use!  Thanks!

Jonathan M

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Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 1:54 AM


However, is there somehow a way to show users their 'type' without using numbers? In my case, I don't want people to think "low score = bad."

Any ideas??

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 2:40 AM

Hi Jonathan - unfortunately there isn't a way to communicate multiple results to the user in this way, without referring to their final score. What would be cool is if we could show a completely different result slide (and no numbers or values at all) depending on the user's performance on the quiz or on specific question groups. Currently though it's not possible to do that. It would make a great feature request!

Steve Morse

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Posted Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Thanks Jeanette, great post!

John Curran

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Posted Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:18 AM

Great idea...well executed!

I did something similar on learning styles years ago in Flash:

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:29 AM

Nice, John! I like the animations on the objects. Thanks for sharing!

Ahlam Abdul

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Posted Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Many thanks Jeanette,  I learn so much from your posts!

Gayle A

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Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Thank you, I was looking to do this, exactly; thanks for connecting the dots! Excellent for pre-assessment.

Valerie Sheppard

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Posted Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Hi there. I used the tutorial to create a magazine style assessment (thank you for the great info here).

The SME would like to see reports on how people are scoring (anonymously). We use Articulate Online. The reports (even the custom ones I created) only give me the score in terms of a %. Any way to set this to actual score instead of %? For example, the highest score one can get is a 40. I have the passing score (under Tracking & Reporting) set to 0%. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks!

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Hi Valerie! I'm sorry, currently in Articulate Online it's not possible to show points instead of percent when reporting on learners' results. That would make a really great feature request though!

Una McGarvie

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Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Jeanette, Thank you so much. This problem has been taxing me soooo much lately. Brilliant!!

Catherine Wray

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Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Can this type of functionality be created in Storyline?

carl slater

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Posted Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Very well said Jeanette! You're so amazing.  Great post!

Dina Keidan

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Posted Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Can you do this in storyline as well?