Question Types in BetterExaminations

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BetterExaminations is an online examination software integrated with UWindsor's directory that automatically syncs all courses and students to the site. The software has a plethora of question types and can serve as an alternative to Blackboard's assessment tool for instructors who are looking for more advanced and customizable questions. This wiki article will cover all question types in BetterExaminations, how to create them, different grading options, and important considerations when constructing the different question types.

Accessing BetterExaminations

To access BetterExaminations, go to and it should automatically log you in using the University of Windsor's Single Sign On (SSO).

Alternatively, you can login to Blackboard by going to and navigate to your course, then go to Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Better Exams to launch the software in a new browser window.

Creating a Question

To create a question in BetterExaminations:

  1. Click the Create new Question button to start creating a new question.  
  2. Enter a title for the question. 
  3. You can change the question display properties by clicking on the Settings icon and choose a layout from the available six formats.  
  4. In the details menu, you can set the status of the questions and scoring type.  
  5. Once you have adjusted the questions settings, click “Add new” to open the questions/features menu. 
  6. In the Questions tab, you can select a question type from a list of 54 question types. 
  7. Select the question you would like to create to launch the question creation window.

  To add questions from a question bank in BetterExaminations:

  1. Click the “Add from Question Bank” button to add previously created questions in the course. 
  2. In this menu, you search for a question by its title or click the down pointing arrow for more filter options, such as by content, question type, tags, etc.
  3. Can also click the Sort button to change the sorting type to by last updated, creation date, and alphabetical.
  4. To view more results, click the Next button to navigate to additional pages(if applicable).
  5. Once you have found the questions you would like to add, check the box to the left of the question name to select.
  6. When you are done selecting questions, click the Add n Question(s) button (where n is the number of selected questions) to add the selected questions to the exam.

Note: Creating any questions in a course will automatically add those questions to the course question bank. Questions in the course question bank can be used for future exams in the course.

Multiple Choice

Multiple choice - standard

  1. In the Compose question field, enter the question text. You can use rich text formatting to construct the question if desired.
  2. Create the available answer choices. To add more responses, click the blue ADD button under the last multiple choice option. To delete responses click the bin icon to the right of the response.
  3. Set the points required for the correct answer and select the correct answer by checking the box to the left of the correct answer.
  4. You can choose to Shuffle options (randomize order of answers).
  5. Under the More options section, you can set the problem to be Unscored/Practice usage, assign penalty points, toggle whether or not you would like for students to be able to check if their answer is correct and set the number of times a student is allowed to check their answer on the particular question.
  6. For scoring type, keep it as exact match, as there is only one correct answer for this question type. Make sure Enable auto scoring is checked so the question is automatically graded.
  7. You can set a minimum score if the student attempts the question (not recommended).
  8. Under Layout and Selection you can change the display formatting of the question.
  9. Under Extras you can reference the source of the question (textbook, website, etc.) in the Acknowledgments field and under Sample answer you can choose to include a sample reference for future reference.

Note: The Acknowledgments and Sample answer fields under the Extras section are for instructional use only and cannot be viewed by students, so feel free to use the two to take notes for future reference.

  1. Once you are done editing the question options, click the Preview button to launch a student preview of the question to test it. Answer the question and click the Show Answers button to view the correct answer.
  2. If the question works as intended and you are done making changes, click the Save button to add it to the question list.

Note: Always test the question in preview mode before saving it, to ensure you have set up the question properly and the system is registering the correct response.

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Choice Matrix - standard

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