Thresholds on question level

 This feature requires activation.

Thresholds on question level is an alternative method for awarding marks on questions. It is particularly well suited for questions with several response elements, where you may want to give a different reward to the question as a whole than the candidate can get by just calculating marks per correct and incorrect answer.

Thresholds are available on all automatically marked questions except Drag and drop, and Hotspot.

Thresholds on questions work by using the original calculated score to define level rewards. The candidate is scored according to normal scoring rules, and the score is used to determine the reward based on the threshold values set by the question author. The reward can be both more or less than the standard maximum achievable score. Thresholds with two decimal places are also available but requires additional activation. 



To set threshold levels on questions, click Marks and select Threshold levels


By selecting Show advanced options you can set marks per correct answer. The total achievable score if all answers are correct will be the initial upper limit for the threshold levels.

Click on Edit to start.



You will then get a new panel where you can edit the threshold levels. 


  1. Add more thresholds.
  2. Set the upper and lower score for the level.
  3. Reward - how many marks the candidate will receive if the automatically calculated score falls in the defined range from point 2. This can be set to be higher than the default maximum score, or lower than the default minimum score.
  4. Save the threshold values during editing and when you are done.
  5. When you have finished editing and / or adding threshold values, click Done.
  6. Information about default maximum and minimum achievable marks for the question without threshold levels.
Note: The highest reward for any of the thresholds will be the question maximum score. This score is used to define the threshold values on the test.
Tip: We recommend that you test the threshold scoring by previewing the question and try out different combinations of correct and wrong answers. This way you can verify that the reward is as you intended it to be.


Example of threshold values in a composite question

This question consists of three different response elements - one multiple response with two correct alternatives(1), one inline choice(2) and one text entry(3).


In Show advanced options we have set up two marks per correct answer. This gives a total achievable score of eight marks for the entire question. Four marks can be awarded for the multiple response element because it has two correct alternatives, and two marks each for the other two questions.
One mark is deducted for a wrong answer.

In this case, we want to give a different reward than the marks that are achieved by normal calculation. We have adjusted the reward to be 10 marks for anyone who has answered all questions correctly. In addition, we have adjusted to a higher reward than the calculated score for the remaining threshold levels. 


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