Moodle: Activities & Resources: Quiz Question Types: Calculated

Calculated questions offer a way to create individual numerical questions by the use of wild cards (i.e you can use common variables names as x , y enclosed in curly braces to create the wild cards ({x} and {y}) that are substituted with random values when the quiz is taken.

For example, if you want to create a large number of "Calculate the area of a rectangle" problems to drill your students, you could create a question with two wild cards (i.e. {base}, {height} created from the common baseheight variable names) and put in the "Correct Answer Formula=" input field {base} * {height} ( * being the multiplication sign).

When a student takes the test, Moodle will randomly select values for {base} and {height} and grade the response using the result of the Correct Answer Formula.

The test will very rarely appear the same way twice.

To Create a Calculated Question

  1. Open Moodle and select your course.
  2. In the Administration block, click Question Bank then click on Questions.
    admin menu with question bank selected
  3. Click Create a new question.
    question bank with "create new question" selected
  4. Select Calculated from the sidebar at the left, then click Add at the bottom.
  5. Enter the Question name & text which are Required Settings for the Calculated Question.

question name and question text text fields

6.The Answer section has optional settings including the Correct answer formula, Grade, Tolerance, Tolerance type, Correct answer shows, Format, and Feedback to be displayed after a student finishes the quiz. 

entering question and answer information for quiz

7. The Unit and Unit Handling sections have optional settings that allow the instructor to require if students must have units in their answer.

Units Handling and Units settings

8. Penalty for multiple tries is required, and will change the percentage deducted for incorrect tries.

Save the question.

To add your newly created question to a quiz, see Adding Quiz Questions to a Quiz.



For more information on calculated questions, read the following documentation from Moodle Docs. Note that the documentation does not show the SNAP Theme, but the functionality of the settings is the same. All links will open in a new window.


Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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