This article will explain all the various question types that can be used with Simplylearn 3.0 quizzes, how to set up your questions & answers, awarding points, hints, categories, the different options available for each question type, and more.

Every question that is live on a course is connected to a specific quiz. To access your questions you can either: 

  1. Navigate to Simplylearn LMS --> Quizzes --> Select your quiz --> Questions.
  2. You can also access the different quizzes in a course from the course builder. 

Setup your questions

To add a question, go to the specific quiz and then access the questions tab. 

Question Title & Text

The question title is only for internal use. It is not displayed to the user.

The question text is where you actually type the question you have for the user. This uses the classic WordPress editor, so you can insert images, format your text & use custom HTML.

Points to be Awareded

Points are available for all question types. This field is required for all questions. It defaults to 1, but can also be set to 0. Points are only awarded when the question is answered correctly.

To adjust points for a question:

  1. Find the Points box in the sidebar
  2. Update the number of points to be awarded

If you’d like to award a different numbers of points based on the specific answer given:

  1. Check the Different points for each answer box
  2. In the Answers box, where you add your answers, you’ll see a box labeled “Points”
  3. Enter the number of points to be awarded for each specific answer

Choose Question Type

When creating a new quiz question, one of the first things you’ll want to do is choose your question type. Simplylearn offers the following question types:

  • Single choice
  • Multiple-choice
  • Free choice
  • Sorting choice
  • Matrix sorting choice
  • Fill in the blank
  • Assessment (survey)
  • Essay (open answer)

To select your question type, look for the "Answer type" box. 

Single Choice

Single choice means there is only one correct answer. This is the most common question format for standardized tests. You should also use this question type for True or False questions.

  • There is no limit to the number of incorrect answers you provide
  • Choose the correct answer by selecting the radio button for “Correct”
  • Check the “Allow HTML” box if you’d like to use HTML in your answer
  • Add images or other media by clicking the “Add Media” button
  • Delete an answer by clicking the “Delete answer” button
  • Add a new answer by clicking the “Add new answer” button
  • Move answers around by long-pressing the “Move” button and dragging the answer up or down
  • Setting up a single choice question in the admin area looks like this:

Multiple Choice

Multiple choice questions support multiple correct answers. In order for the question to be marked correct, users must select ALL of the correct answers. If they only select some correct answers, then the question is marked incorrect.

There is no limit to the number of correct or incorrect answers you provide

The rest of the setup options are the same as single choice questions

Subtract Points for Incorrect Answer

You can choose to subtract points when the user selects an incorrect answer.

  1. In the Points box, enable the option for “Different points for each answer”
  2. Provide a negative number of points to the incorrect answer
  3. This value will then be subtracted from the question’s total points

Free Choice

Free choice questions give the user an input field where they must type the correct answer.

  • You can choose to accept only one answer, or multiple possible answers
  • Answers may be one word or multiple words
  • Capitalization does not matter. BLUE, Blue and blue are all scored the same.

Example: If you ask “What color is the sun?”, you can choose to accept yellow, orange or white. If the user enters any one of these answers, the question is marked correct.

Sorting Choice

Sorting choice questions ask the user to place a series of answers in the correct order. When creating the question, the order of the answers in the backend will be considered the correct order.

Matrix Sorting Choice (Matching)

Matrix sorting questions should be used when you want the user to match two items together. There are two parts to a matrix sorting question:

  • Criterion: These are static & cannot be moved.
  • Sort elements: These are what users will drag & drop to the correct criterion.

Each sort element must be unique, and only one-to-one associations are supported.

Your answer area will be set up like a table, with the criterion on the left, and an open area to drag & drop sort elements on the right. You have the option to set a percentage width for the criterion column.

Fill in the Blank

Fill in the Blank questions allow you to insert a blank line(s) in the middle of a sentence or paragraph. Users then type the correct answer into this empty field.

  • If more than one blank exists, all blanks must be answered correctly for the entire question to be marked correct.
  • Capitalization does not matter. PLAY, Play and play are all scored the same.
  • Blank spaces are created by providing the correct answer inside of curly braces { and }.

Example Format

  1. Admin Setup: I {play} soccer.
  2. User Sees: I ____ soccer.

The correct answer is “play”.

Multiple Possible Answers

To allow for multiple possible answers, enclose each possible answer with square brackets [ and ]. You still use { and } to create the blank space.

I {[play][love][hate]} soccer.

In this example, the user can enter “play,” “love” or “hate,” and they would all be accepted as correct.

Different Points Per Answer

If the “Different points for each answer” option is selected, you can assign points to each possible answer. Otherwise, 1 point will be awarded for each correct answer. To assign points to an answer, enter the pipe character | immediately following the answer, and then enter the number of points.

I {play} soccer, with a {ball|3}.

In this example, the answer “play” is awarded 1 point, and “ball” is awarded 3 points.

Assessment (Survey)

This question type is perfect for surveys, or any time you’re asking a user to rate something on a scale.

  • Only one answer may be selected
  • You can add text/images before and/or after the scale
  • There is no limit to the number of options available in the assessment
  • Enclose the entire assessment with curly braces { and }
  • Enclose each individual answer with square brackets [ and ]
  • The maximum possible score is equal to the total number of options


  1. less true { [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] } more true
  2. { [disagree] [not sure] [agree] }

Example 1: 1 is the least true; it’s worth 1 point. 5 is the most true; it’s worth 5 points.

Example 2: disagree is worth 1 point. not sure is worth 2 points. agree is worth 3 points.


This type of question is great for pre-course or end-of-course surveys.

Here’s what the user sees:

Essay / Open Answer

Essay questions allow the user to enter a free-form answer. You can choose between two types of essay questions:

  1. Text Box: Displays a <textarea> form field for the user to enter any text they’d like.
  2. Upload: Displays an upload button that allows the user to upload a file.

Essays come with 3 options for how they are graded after the quiz is submitted:

  • Not Graded, No Points Awarded: The essay question is submitted and awaiting a grade. The final quiz grade will be displayed as “Pending” to the user.
  • Not Graded, Full Points Awarded: Awards full points for the essay submission, but its status remains “Not Graded.” An admin can grade the essay at a later date, and adjust the awarded points.
  • Graded, Full Points Awarded: Automatically mark the essay as “Graded” and award full points.
  • Simplylearn grading options for essay questions

Course Progression

A user can only progress if the following two things are true:

  • The essay is marked as “Graded,” and
  • The user has enough quiz points to move on (configured in the quiz’s settings)


If no points are immediately awarded for the essay, this (temporarily) counts against the final score. If the total points obtained from the other quiz questions meet the passing threshold, the user can continue with the course. However, if they do not earn enough points to meet the passing threshold, they will not be able to continue.