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Partial Credit for "Matching", "Categorization", and "Sorting" question types in Quizzes.Next tool

Partial Credit for "Matching", "Categorization", and "Sorting" question types in Quizzes.Next tool

Comments from Instructure

The  Canvas Release Notes (2022-01-15) includes partial credit options for matching questions in New Quizzes. Please refer to  New Quizzes: Partial Credit for Matching Questions .

The Quizzes.Next assignment questions type "Categorization", "Matching", and "Sorting" currently don't allow for partial credit to be given.  In order to pacify my students and to give credit were credit is due I'm currently manually adjusting the scores on these questions. Very tedious!



Thus, I would appreciate if the Canvas team would add the option for partial credit to added to these three assignment question types.


if a question has 2 categories and a total of 10 points, a student that would answers one of the two categories correctly would get 5 points.
if a "Sorting" question has 5 sort items and 10 points overall, a student that sorts 3 out of the 5 items correctly would receive 6 points (3/5*10)

if a "Matching" question has 3 items and 10 points overall, a student that would get 2 out of the 3 items matched correctly would receive 6.67 points (2/3 * 10)


PS: this link brings you to the Canvas FAQ page that documents the current status of this issue: 

Community Member


Think of Canvas as not so much a finely architected system as a Jenga tower of software, with 10,000 people clamoring at once to remove a piece. 

New Member

While I'm thrilled to see that the 1-5-22 Release includes a partial credit for Matching questions in New Quizzes, the same MUST be done for Categorization and Ordering questions!!!  Please make this a priority!!

Community Member

I agree with @mswope , these types of questions contain quite a bit of content, and students are often, if not almost always, awarded partial credit in class for some correct answers. 

New Member

9 pages of people commenting on partial credit over the course of YEARS!! At what point does instructure actually make the changes that educators need to effectively use this tool!! Crazy that it's still here!

New Member

It is especially crazy that they decided to fix just matching, but not yet categorization or ordering.  Why not do them all?

And why not give partial credit with no penalty for multiple answer questions?

If the Canvas programmers had spent any time in the classroom facing students, they might be quicker dealing with these things.  Or, even better, they would have kept things the way they were in the "classic" quizzes and not created these multi-year problems that have frustrated hundreds or thousands of teachers and thousands and thousands of students!

Community Member

+1 for partial credit in those types of questions. 

Community Member

+1 for partial credit in categorization and sorting questions.

New Member

Yes, I would like to use this.

In terms of implementation, it could be exactly the same as the Multiple Answers question.

New Member

Yes, please add partial credit to ordering and categorization questions.  Thanks.

New Member

Definitely need this partial credit. Why do we have to do so much extra work that should be automatic? Please and thank you.

Community Member

Was shocked to discover there is no partial credit for this type of question. Basically, it means extra work re-grading the quiz I already gave and essentially eliminates this as a valid type of question. Someday maybe I will love Canvas but there are too many things that have been requested forever and still aren't available in a supposedly new & improved quiz builder.

Community Member

How is this still just an idea and not in development! It has been open for 3.5 years! Come on Canvas, this is ridiculous...

Community Participant

Partial credit is necessary for categorization and ordering question types.  Please help us with this!!

Community Member

This STILL isn't even on their list of what they plan to do at Canvas before their full roll-out and forced implementation. Are you kidding? I waste at least an extra week's worth of my time each semester adjusting for this deliberate oversight on your part, Canvas. If you don't believe that it takes that much time, send someone to my courses in the fall. I will give them the task of updating all the partial credits and logging how many hours it takes so you understand what a waste of time having to do this is. Please fix this! This is beyond ridiculous that we have to beg for something that should be already a part of something you claim is superior to the previous product. 

New Member

Agreed. This is so frustrating!

New Member

I see I'm not the only one frustrated by the lack of partial credit grading options on categorization questions. This is such a great question type to have available for higher-order thinking questions, but the fact that it's all or nothing and I have to regrade everything manually seriously detracts from its usability.

New Member

Categorization Questions need to receive partial credit.  In fact, any question should have partial credit as an option.

New Member

+1 for partial credit feature. 

Hope this feature will be supported soon.