Understanding Multiple Answer Canvas Quiz Questions

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Weekly Tip: Understanding Multiple Answer Canvas Quiz Questions

Multiple answer quiz questions in Canvas can be tricky to set up, but they offer a great opportunity to assess students in a different way. For this weekly tip, we provide simple steps and resources to help you create multiple answer questions that will work with your assessment needs.

Example: A Question with Multiple Answers

First, select “New Question.”

Screenshot: New question.

Next, select “Multiple Answers” from the drop-down menu.

Screenshot: Multiple Answers.

Then, enter the question and mark the correct answers.

Screenshot: Enter the question.
Screenshot: Enter the answers.


For ease of scoring, make the points possible for the question the same as the number of correct answers. In this example, there are three correct answers so the total points possible for the question will be 3 points.

Screenshot: Enter the points.

Example: A Graded Multiple Answer Question

Here is an example of a student submission and the scoring. The student only scored “1 out of 3” because Canvas gave them two points for two correct answers and removed one point for an incorrect answer.

Screenshot: Response.

If you and the students are not aware of the points being removed for incorrect answers, then the scoring in Canvas may not make sense. Adding an explanation into your instructions of how points are calculated may help students understand their scores.

If the total point value is not equal to or a multiple of the number of correct answers, Canvas will begin scoring quizzes as fractions of the whole point value. Below is an example of using an uneven number of points to multiple select questions.  This question has three correct answers, but the whole question is worth only one point.  This produces fractions of points which may cause confusion.

Screenshot: Response, uneven number of points.


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