Question type - Matching / pairing


Automatically marked question.

The question is answered by matching values in rows and columns.

Matching / pairing is a question type where the candidates can match values, expressions, places, phenomena etc to their category. The question can also be used as a check table.


Warning: This question type should not be used in combination with vertical section stimulus. 

Matching / pairing question layout

In the question's edit mode, you can do the following: 


  1. Replace text with desired question text.
  2. Add math (LaTex), files, tables, links, PDF, images and / or audio clips to the question text.'
  3. Set general options for the question type. For more information, refer to the general options for questions article.

Matching / pairing question options

Clicking on the interaction element provides specific options for the question type.




Enter an explanation text for the question which will appear in the workspace. Please match the values: is set by default. 


Columns and Rows

Use the following options to update the text in each column and each row. 


Images can be added for each column and row view. To add an image, click on Add image by the text boxes. Entering text in the text boxes ensures that the text accompanies the images.

It is possible to remove (A) or add (B) columns and rows.

Note: The correct solution needs to be selected in the interaction element by matching the correct columns and rows. The solution will be marked with green circles.
Warning: Adding too many rows and columns or too wide rows or columns can cause the candidate experience to be compromised. As a result, it is recommended the question be previewed. This also applies to PDF versions of the submission, where part of the question will be cut off in the PDF.



    • Lower and upper mark limit: Can be set for each interaction element. The value will override the mark settings applied for the whole question. For more information, refer to the advanced scoring article. 

External identifier

For information on external identifier, read general options for questions article. 

K-Prime Setup

The matching and pairing question type can also be used to create K-Prime questions with specific scoring. The K-Prime question comprises 4 statement rows and 2 true/false or yes/no columns. For all answers correct, the candidate will receive 1 point. For 3/4 answers correct, 0.5 points will be awarded. For 2/4 answers or fewer correct, the candidate will receive 0 points. 

To set up K-Prime question scoring after you have finished editing your question, navigate to the ‘marks’ tab under the general options. 

  1. Using the dropdown, change to Threshold Levels and click save 
  2. Click ‘Edit’ to open the Threshold editor
  3. The default is set to show 1 threshold. Click ‘Add threshold’ to add 2 more 
  4. Adjust the first threshold to 4,00 with a reward of 1,00 
  5. Adjust the second threshold to 3,00 with a reward of 0,50 
  6. The last threshold should now be between 0,00 and 2,00 and you should adjust the reward to 0,00 
  7. Click ‘Save’ and using the preview on the right, check the scoring has been set accordingly 

Note: Thresholds with decimals on a question level requires activation. Please contact Inspera Support or your primary contact to request this.

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