Awarding Negative Points for Incorrect Answers

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How to Use Negative Points

You can penalize students’ incorrect answers with negative points. This feature is most often used in multiple choice tests to discourage guessing. You can enable the negative points option during question creation or when editing a question. If you are using negative points as a guessing deterrent, mention this in the test instructions.

Negative points for incorrect answers is available for the following question types:

  • Matching
  • Multiple answer
  • Multiple choice

For example, if a Multiple Choice question awards 5 points for a correct answer and 0 points for skipping it, you can set -20% (or -1 point) for each of the incorrect answers. Valid negative point percentage values for a question are -100.0 to -0.0.

The negative points option does not appear for pools or surveys.

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 Adding Negative Points to a New Test Item

  1. On the Test Canvas, click Question Settings on the action bar.
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  2. On the Test Question Settings page, select Specify partial credit options for answers option. The option to Specify negative points options for answers only appears after the previous option has been checked.
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  3. Click Submit.
  4. In the Test Canvas, mouse over Create Question in the Action Bar and select a multiple choice, matching, or multiple answer question type.
  5. Select the check boxes for Allow Partial Credit and Allow Negative Scores for Incorrect Answer (the latter will appear after the former is checked).
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  6. For each incorrect answer, type a negative percentage in the Partial Credit % box.
  7. Click Submit.

 

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Adding Negative Points to a Test Item That Has Already Been Created

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, select Tests.
  3. On the Tests page, access the test’s contextual menu and select Edit.
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  4. On the Test Canvas, click Question Settings on the action bar.
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  5. On the Test Question Settings page, select Specify partial credit options for answers option. The option to Specify negative points options for answers only appears after the previous option has been checked.
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  6. Click Submit.
  7. For each a test item where you’d like to assign negative points for incorrect answers, open that item’s contextual menu and select Edit.
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  8. Select the check boxes for Allow Partial Credit and Allow Negative Scores for Incorrect Answer (the latter will appear after the former is checked).
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  9. For each incorrect answer, type a negative percentage in the Partial Credit % box.
  10. Click Submit.

After students submit attempts, you may not disable the negative points option on the Test Question Settings page. To remove the negative points option from an individual question in a test with attempts, clear the question’s check box for Allow Partial Credit, which also disables negative scoring. Click Submit and Update Attempts and then OK. All test attempt scores are recalculated.

 

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