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FAQ
This page contains frequently asked questions about Quiz Center. For more information, see the User Guide, Troubleshooting, and Quiz Center Tutorial. Or submit your own question with the Feedback/Question Form.

  1. Why does Quiz Center often grade short answer questions incorrectly, even if I've selected "Inexact Match" and the student responds correctly?
     
  2. When creating a short-answer question, how are the various possible answers for Advanced Match Type entered? Is there a special separator used between each possible answer?
     
  3. Can I change elements of a quiz after it has been created?
     
  4. What's the difference between the "title" and the "filename"?
     
  5. How will my students know if their answers were submitted properly?
     
  6. How do I log out?
     
  7. Is this service secure?
     
  8. Can I import HTML code into my quiz?
     
  9. How do I use subscripts and superscripts?
     
  10. Can I save the information in an incomplete quiz?
     
  11. How can I create my quiz off-line?
     
  12. How can I enumerate my multiple choice quizzes with a,b,c,d...?
     
  13. Why doesn't your randomization look very random to me?
Why does Quiz Center often grade short answer questions incorrectly, even if I've selected "Inexact Match" and the student responds correctly?
Well, nothing's perfect, not even Quiz Center. As you can see when you Create a Quiz, we recommend that if you want to include short-answer questions, you make the test mail-in only. In other words, for anything other than True-False and Multiple Choice, grade the test yourself rather than allowing Quiz Center to grade it for you.
 
When creating a short-answer question, how are the various possible answers for Advanced Match Type entered? Is there a special separator used between each possible answer?
See FAQ #1. We caution against letting Quiz Center grade short-answer questions for you. But if you insist, here is how you should input the answers for Advanced Match Type questions:

For questions with several different possible answers ("or" answers), you must place a "|" between each alternative when you are telling Quiz Center your answer. For questions with more than one required answer ("and" answers), you must put a "&" between each answer when you are filling out the answer space. If both the "|" and "&" characters are present in the answer, the answers between "|" are evaluated before those between "&".

For example, "Bob Dole & Bill Clinton | Dole & Clinton" is considered an "or" answer and is broken up into "Bob Dole & Bill Clinton" and "Dole & Clinton". After that, each alternative is evaluated as a separate "and" answer. Acceptable answers for this question would be either "Bob Dole and Bill Clinton" (and vice-versa) or "Dole and Clinton" (and vice-versa).
 
Can I change elements of a quiz after it has been created?
You can only change the language, question text and answer text. You can not change the quiz type, question type or the number of questions.
 
What's the difference between the "title" and the "filename"?
The title appears on the quiz itself. It is centered in big letters at the top of the quiz. For E-mail tests, it also appears in the subject field of the e-mail sent to you. The title can be anything, and can even be blank if you want.
 
The filename is the name that will appear under "My Documents" in your Custom Classroom account. It is part of the URL (web page address) that allows you to access the quiz online.
 
How will my students know if their answers were submitted properly?
For self-tests and retry tests, the quiz results page is supposed to appear for them. If it doesn't, it means the answers weren't processed. E-mail and Correct & mail tests are a little trickier. If the script executes like it should, a confirmation page will appear. A network traffic jam (something which is out of our control) could tie things up or cause some loss in data transmission. Therefore, for mailed tests, it is very good policy to send a small acknowledgement to your students when you receive their answers.
 
How do I log out?
To end your Custom Classroom session, return to the "My Documents" page and click "Log Out." Be warned, however, that logging out will send you to the My Discovery log out page, which is located on Discovery.com. To get back to DiscoverySchool.com, you'll have to select "school" in the tool bar on the left.
 
Is this service secure?
Yes and no. You can only use Quiz Center if you've registered for a DiscoverySchool.com Custom Classroom account, which provides low-level security though password protection. Even so, this server technically cannot be called "secure" since data is not encrypted before being sent over the network. For this reason, it is recommended that you avoid using this service for sensitive purposes such as final exams.
 
Can I import HTML code into my quiz?
In some places you can, in others you can't. Quiz Center interprets possible HTML tags in the following ways:

  • HTML tags in the answers are always treated as unformatted literal text. (Multiple choice questions are an exception; see below). So if you were to enter something like "line <P> break" as the text of an answer, it will appear as "line <P> break" on the results page, and NOT as the words "line" and "break" with a blank line between them.
  • HTML tags in the quiz title, instruction set, and question text are treated as real HTML code. The text will be HTML-formatted in the manner you specify. To include the literal <and> characters in this text, you may have to use the "&lt;" and "&gt;" substitutes respectively.
  • HTML tags in multiple choice alternatives are treated as either literal text or formatted code depending on what the user wants. This option is specified in the "Display" sections of the page that asks the user to enter the text of her questions, answers, and choices. The default is literal text.
  • HTML tags embedded in filenames and image- or link-URLs are not acceptable. They don't belong there and will either be removed or ignored if put there.
How do I put subscripts and superscripts in my questions?
Subscripts and superscripts must be coded in HTML. As mentioned in the previous question, Quiz Center allows you to put HTML in certain places. The HTML tags for subscript and superscript are <sub> </sub> and <sup> </sup> respectively. Use these directives around the text you want to subscript or superscript. For example, to produce the ammonium ion, NH41+, you would type NH<sub>4</sub><sup>1+</sup>.
 
Can I save the information I entered so far, and then return to it later?
Quiz Center does have a save feature. At the bottom of the screen where you enter your question-and-answer text, there are two Submit buttons. One creates the final quiz, the other saves the entered information without actually making the quiz. To save, choose the "Save for later" button. The next time you have the chance to work on the quiz, you can edit the incomplete information through the "Edit a Quiz" feature.
 
How can I create my quiz off-line?
Quiz Center does not have an offline editor at this time. We also do not allow file uploads for security reasons. But that doesn't mean you have to type in all your quiz information online. You can copy and paste text into an HTML form just like you can between ordinary text documents. So if you don't want to enter all your quiz information on the quiz form directly, it's just as easy to type the questions and answers in another editor (like Notepad or Word), copy each question or answer to your clipboard, and then paste the text into the appropriate space on the Quiz Center form.
 
How can I enumerate my multiple choice quizzes with a,b,c,d...?
Just include the letter as part of the choice. Quiz Center won't do it for you automatically, but if the choices you enter contain a leading letter, they will still be just as acceptable as unmarked answers. However, you'll want to turn off the randomization feature if you do this. Otherwise your letter choices will get all mixed up.
 
Why doesn't your randomization look very random to me?
Sometimes patterns appear to come from randomness. Imagine rolling a die six times. It's possible to get six different values, but it's also possible to get six threes in a row.
 
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