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In multiple choice questions, give 4 answer choices as the default

Seems minuscule, however, most multiple choice tests including state testing have 4 answer options.  Currently, the default is three and teachers must add answer choice, wait for it to reload and then click in the box to write 4th answer choice.    This has to be done on each multiple choice question.  Or allow test creator to choose the default answer options while still have ability to eliminate or add more choices on the occasional questions.

  • Jennifer Holmes
  • May 18 2016
  • Released
Country US
Category Grading and assessment
  • Jan 27, 2017

    Admin response

    Hi Jennifer,

    We’re working hard to finish the new mobile friendly shareable test tool. New customers will have it in Q1, and I hope we can run pilots with existing customers at the same time.

    We’ve not landed the issue of 3 vs 4 choices as default in multiple choice questions. Research is pointing in both directions, but you have a good point with respect to what the state tests use.

    I like the summary found here, please have a look:


    Best regards,

    Henning Gjellesvik

    Product Manager

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    Product Team commented
    9 Mar, 2021 11:06am

    We changed the default to 4 in the new version of our test tool.

    The itslearning Product Team

  • Jamie McGivern commented
    13 Jan, 2021 04:07pm

    I don't know if I have ever seen an assessment with less than 4 answer choices at the elementary level. It would be great if you could let us change OUR setting inside of itsLearning to show 3 or 4 answer choices. It is very annoying to have to add an answer choice every. single. time. And now that we are all online, we use A LOT of tests. Its time consuming and cumbersome.

  • Guest commented
    7 Jun, 2016 08:39pm

    I agree with you!

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