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New Quizzes: Partial Credit for Matching Questions

New Quizzes: Partial Credit for Matching Questions


In new quizzes, there needs to be the ability to award partial credit for matching questions. At the current moment, it is either all or nothing. I know you can "fudge" points at the end, but we need the ability to make each matching item worth points. 


Matching and categorization don't give partial points. This stresses students out when they get a zero when some of their answers are correct. This also stresses teachers out because they have to go in and hand grade ALL the students who didn't get 100%.


there is a comically large design-flaw in new quizzes: students either get all the matching or none of them.

So they must get correct all 30 matching pairs. If they get 20 right they get zero.

Ordering questions have a similar problem.

In general, this suggests absolutely no one consulted an instructor when putting this out. So there may be larger problems with how these features are/are not vetted.


Explorer III

@klhouserI believe the Canvas team is working on doing better around the bigger issue you're raising (e.g. gathering data from end users to effectively inform design and development), but that might just be optimism on my part. My take is that a partially developed feature like this is almost worse than not having the feature at all.


100%! This was an option in the old quizzes. PLEASE bring it back!! 

Surveyor II

I came across this "feature" today! I note partial credit was available in "old" quizzes and I would have expected new quizzes to be at least feature compatible with the existing tool. Plus, it seems that this issue was first raised as long ago as March 2018!


I know the new quiz format is an LTI, but if that is the route that canvas is taking they HAVE to make it more user friendly.  It has sOOOO many steps and then to add the partial credit problem to the mix, it adds problems instead of making teaching easier.  PLease PLEASE fix this. 

Surveyor II

Agreed.  Matching, sorting, and all of the other multi-part answers should at least give the option for points for each rather than all or nothing.


Let teachers have the ability to give partial credit for the matching parts the students got correct instead of an all or nothing type question.

Navigator II

I agree that partial credit should be an option for any question that requests multiple responses from students.  Even though the matching question does not do that right now, there is a way to make partial credit matching questions in New Quizzes, it just isn't the most instinctive path and the labeling does not really tell you what to expect. 

Instead of selecting a multiple choice question, select a fill-in-the-blank question type, because that question type does use partial credit automatically.  Then make multiple blanks, (type a word, highlight it, and click enter for each blank), and settings for each blank will allow you to select the "word bank" option.  The result will be the words you select from every blank together in a single word bank box that students will see on the same page as the question.  To respond to the question, students need to click and drag words from the word bank box into the blanks you create. 

From the guide:

Each blank space is given a point value calculated by dividing the total points possible by the number of blank spaces. Correct answer choices are awarded this point value and no points are subtracted for incorrect answers. For example, a Fill in the Blank question with four blanks that is worth 1 point would assign a point value of 0.25 to each blank. If a student selects two correct answers and two incorrect answers, they would be awarded a total of 0.50 points for the question.

Surveyor II

How has this been an issue for OVER TWO YEARS and nothing has been done about it!  Stop adding new features and fix the features you already have!  How can you not give partial credit for matching questions?!  There are 1000s of teachers begging for this functionality.  Fix it. 

Why would you remove functionality from old quizzes when creating new quizzes?

Surveyor II

Baffled; just baffled. 


YES! ive had to regrade EVERY single question when students are doing these. Even if standardized testing counts them wrong, the identification that they have part of the answer correct helps them to learn how to identify all the correct answers in the future.

Surveyor II

Our district would also like to see partial credit for New Quizzes, too. New to Canvas this year and having parents complain about their student earning zero when part of the answer is correct. Thanks for considering this request.


This needs to happen. I too am grading each one by hand because a 10 item matching question should not be all or nothing.


In the very demanding task of converting from Moodle to Canvas, I have just discovered that Matching questions do not award partial credit for individual answers.This is an oversight on the part of Canvas which causes me to question whether instructors were ever consulted on the development of quizzes.  It also appears that one cannot assign a global score to a quiz with it left up to Canvas to calculate the values of individual questions as could be done in Moodle..  In this respect, also, Moodle is superior.  I do give Canvas points for Speed Grader and Rubrics, but it remains to be seen whether these are worth the extra inconvenience that these oversights are causing me.  Would it be that much of a challenge for programmers to work on improving Quizzes in these respects?

Navigator II

@seinunddasein  To assign a global score to your quiz that is not created by totaling the question values, use "new" quizzes. 

You may need to turn that feature option on in your course settings, but once it is on you will be prompted to choose between a classic quiz and a new quiz when you make your next quiz.  From your quizzes tab, you can also select "migrate" to transform each classic quiz into a new quiz.

When using new quizzes, the value you set for the quiz by selecting edit from the quiz's three dot menu on the assignment tab (specifically) will be a global value for the quiz.  No matter how many questions you add or subtract, the quiz score will be a percent of that value.  You will have the option to leave your questions at 1 point each, or to weight them differently, and canvas will do the math to convert the total earned from the quiz questions (out of the total points available in the questions) proportionately into the appropriate score out of the global value that you set in assignment settings.

Partial credit for matching needs to be added, and I believe that step is in progress.  It was already available in classic quizzes, and you may still use classic quizzes for now.  There is an option in "new" quizzes that comes close, however:  Fill-in-the-blank questions allow multiple blanks and already award partial credit for the multiple blanks.  Also, the fill-in-the-blank settings include drop downs and a word bank.  The word bank can be used to recreate the effect of a matching question, because students will click and drag words from a shared bank into each of the blanks.  Just write the entire prompt then highlight the words that are blanks and click enter.  The options for your blank will show up once you have a blank. 

(Using enter to create a blank makes it hard to format your prompts in a list for matching.  Try copying and pasting from word, or just blank = description, blank = description, etc)

A caution about word banks:  You will need to enter incorrect options, just like you would for a drop down, and those incorrect options should not be a correct option for any other blank.  There is no way to distinguish which word in the bank came from which blank, and canvas will not (yet) recognize that the correct word was selected if it came from the options for a different blank. 

Another caution about the incorrect options with word bank questions:  The blanks will still display a drop down when clicked, and so students who notice that can narrow the options to the length of the list of possible answers that you enter for each blank.

It is not a perfect solution to due to those flaws, but multiple blanks in a fill in the blank question will at least assign partial credit.   

Surveyor II

A 1,000 "agree" votes!  Please allow credit for each match the student got right.

Surveyor II

It's a feature in multiple-choice questions, which I think is less likely than matching for needing it. I will be waiting to hear that this is implemented.

Surveyor II

This lack of basic functionality is the main reason that I don't use the new quiz feature.


It makes me irrationally angry every time I think about training my teachers on the new quizzes having to explain about the partial credit. You give us so many amazing new features that essentially we can't use.

I don't get how an educational company can't realize how this is going to play out in the K-12 environment. The moment some kid takes a test with these new questions and it looks like they bombed it because the questions don't award partial credit immediately, some raging parent is going to go ballistic on the teacher, the school, and subsequently me. So, I am already planning on just writing the priority team's email on the board during training and tell my teachers that's where to direct their complaints, and If I do get an angry parent, they are getting that email as well. I'm not going to deal with it.