Forms: Quiz vs Choice

Office 365 / SharePoint Blog

This post compares the Quiz and Choice question types.

Both offer the user the option of giving multiple choice answers. The main difference between the two is that Quiz has the added function of marking which answer is correct.

In creating a basic quiz for Office365/SharePoint I used mostly Quiz so I could mark correct answers. If you have more than one correct answer, you can select multiple answers and then mark more than one answer as correct.

Any time you have the option to choose more than one answer, it changes the radio buttons to check boxes. Where you have made multiple answers possible, you may want to add a subtitle to the question that says “check all that apply”. The subtitle option for any question is located in the ellipses menu.

For Choice, I wish there was a way to do a dropdown, rather than only have the radio buttons, just so we can save space. For the Department question for example, it would be nice to not have a 27-item list. You can add the multiple answers option but that just creates checkboxes and still lists all 27 in one long list. Generally, you wouldn’t have a multiple choice quiz question with 27 options, so that wouldn’t be a concern for me.

What is nice, is that you can switch between Choice and Quiz just by choosing the ellipses at the bottom right of the question, and setting it to Quiz, so you don’t have to retype your options if you change your mind.

For both Quiz and Choice you have the option of shuffling the answers or leaving them exactly as entered. You find this option within the ellipses. For my quiz, I left some as entered, and allowed the form to shuffle others. It’s nice to have the option.

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