Scoring multiple response type of questions by choice

Apr 16, 2021

I am building an exam with multiple choice and multiple response questions. The specifications for the exam says that the questions have to be scored by choice, +1 for correct, and -0,5 for incorrect answers. For Multiple choice questions this is built in to Storyline, but Multiple Response questions are always scored by question in Storyline.

The specification also says that there has to be a new exam set for each try (and I have to build it in the same Storyline-file). I have therefore multiple result slides, but have to use JavaScript to score the Multiple Response questions, and when using JavaScript to report the score, and modify the result slides with the new variables the course will not report correctly to the LMS. I have been in touch with support and they say that Articulate Storyline is not equipped to handle JavaScript modification (to trigger completion and success status).

In short: I cannot get the multiple response questions to report to the result slide when I customize them with 1 point for correct and -0,5 points for incorrect (and use JavaScript to calculate the result).

If the possibility to score by choice (and not question) on Multiple Response questions had been available in Storyline, my problem had been solved.

Has anyone else been working on something like this and found a solution? Or does anyone know about another tool that can do this? I have tried several, but not found any tool that can both score by choice and by the same time have several exam sets in one file.

3 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hello Jannicke, 

Thanks for reaching out and sharing what you are creating with Storyline.

The option to score questions by choice is only available for Multiple Choice, Word Bank, Freeform Pick One, and Freeform Hotspot questions.

We do have an open feature request for Partial Credit/Scoring For Multiple Response questions. I've added this question to our report as we continue tracking, and we will share any updates with you here in the future.

I look forward to hearing from others in the community who have created a similar assessment and any JavaScript.

Judy Nollet

I don't know, but I'd guess that the ability to score Multiple Response questions by choice isn't going to be added in the near future (if at all). 

This post provides a demo with instructions for custom programming to givw partial credit for a wrong answer to a Multiple Response question: 

As I said in a comment under that post: 

I understand why Articulate doesn't include this functionality.

There are so many possible variations, especially related to the responses that shouldn't be selected. For example, I added points if the user didn't select a wrong answer. Some developers might want to subtract points if a user does select a wrong answer. Or not use the state of the wrong answer at all when figuring points. 

It could also get tricky if you want all questions to be worth a given number of points (for example, 10 points). Then how do you divvy up the points when there are 3 or 4 responses?