Is it possible to create a "diagnostic" quiz?

Feb 07, 2022

I'm creating a study help course, and I'd love to start it off by having students take a quiz. In theory, the quiz would feature questions spanning a wide range of topics. Based on their answers, the students would get a breakdown of how well they scored on each topic and which topics they would benefit from studying some more. 

For example, if I have topics A, B, C, and D, I'd like to tag each question on the quiz with one of these categories (the students wouldn't know which question belongs to which topic category). The quiz would keep score of how well the student performs in each category. So, for example, the students gets 100% on A questions, 80% on B questions, 85% on C questions, and 60% on D questions. 

So when they are finished the quiz, they would get a results page telling them you seem to have a solid understanding of A topic but should review material in the D topic. Or it might rank the topics in terms of which requires more review.

I don't need to keep track of students' scores or anything like that. It's just intended as a tool to help them gauge their own understanding and focus their studying where it's most needed.

Is it possible to do something like this on any of the Articulate products? Thanks!

3 Replies
Judy Nollet

Hi, Jana,

Yes, that's possible. You could use variables to track how many questions the user answers correctly for each topic. Then use triggers that show the appropriate text (e.g., "You did well on Topic A!") based on the associated variables. 

This post has info about tracking custom questions that you might find helpful: 

It's worth it to learn about variables and conditions, because they provide the real power in Storyline. Here's some User Guide info to get you started:

Scott Wiley

I've done something like this in the past - think what Hogwarts team are you on - and it took what Judy mentions above.

A more straightforward, less techy, solution might be to structure your content to be easily navigated to, or skipped over, depending on a choice or task outcome. I tend to call it "adaptable" course design/construction. So the course adapts to the learner, showing more content and allowing them to skip over content they apparently know.