Multipart questions are single assessment items made up of a combination of question types. Multipart item types assess a greater depth of knowledge and require complex thinking.
Multipart questions can include multiple choice, multiple selection, and constructed response items in a two-part, three-part, or four-part question. To create a multipart interactive item type, begin by either creating a new test in Aware or navigating to an existing test.
Note: Creating an interactive response question eliminates the possibility of printing the test. A reminder message will appear when an interactive time type is added to an assessment. Eduphoria recommends having two separate tests: an online version created purposefully with interactive questions and a paper-based version for standard testing.
Creating a Multipart Question
- Select the Plus icon and select interactive item types to add a new question.
- Select Multipart Items from the available interactive response question types.
- Select the first item type for the Multipart question: Multiple Choice, Multiple Selection, or Constructed Response. Selecting the first question opens the question editor.
- Configure question interactions. Constructing each part of the multipart question works the same way as a single multiple choice, multiple selection, or constructed response question.
- Author each question.
- Click the Create button to enable the multipart question.
Note: Multipart items must contain more than one part. Due to the length of a multipart question, test authors may wish to include directions instructing students to scroll down on the screen to see all parts of the question as students will be able to move past a question without having answered all parts of a multipart question.
Step 1: Select the Plus icon and select interactive item types to add a new question.
Step 2: Select Multipart Items from the available interactive response question types.
Note: Multipart questions cannot be created with separate multiple choice, multiple selection, or constructed response questions. Single item types cannot be converted into multipart questions. Test authors must create a multipart question by using the Interactive Response interface.
Step 3: Select the first item type for the Multipart question: Multiple Choice, Multiple Selection, or Constructed Response. Selecting the first question opens the question editor.
- Multiple Choice: Multipart multiple choice questions follow the same procedure as single multiple choice questions.
- Multiple Selection: Multiple selection parts of questions allow for more than one correct response. Penalty scoring still applies to multiple selection questions when in multipart questions.
- Constructed Response: Constructed response questions require rubric grading procedures when in multipart questions. Select the rubric range, type the prompt, and provide a scoring rubric. Constructed responses must be graded for scores to show. Data analysis will not show scores for multipart questions containing constructed responses until the rubric grades are entered.
Note: Scoring rules for multipart items are unique compared to other items due to the nature of the question structure. Including a constructed response question removes the option to select dependency scoring and correct/incorrect scoring options. See Scoring Multipart Assessments for a full explanation.
Step 4: Configure question interactions. Constructing each part of the multipart question works the same way as a single multiple choice, multiple selection, or constructed response question.
Multipart questions have settings and options similar to other questions including a primary and secondary standard, a scoring method, complexity, and item weight.
Note: Each of these selections applies to all parts of the question and cannot be set for individual parts.
Selecting a Primary and Secondary Standard
Multipart questions can have one primary and one secondary standard that applies to all parts of the question. Each part of the question should apply to the standards chosen.
Selecting a Scoring Method
The scoring method applies to all parts of the question. The scoring types include Correct/Incorrect, Partial 0-1-2, Points per Task, and Dependency scoring.
Note: Dependency scoring is a new scoring type that can only be applied to multipart questions. See Scoring Multipart Assessments for a full explanation.
Selecting a Depth of Knowledge Level
The depth of knowledge level for multipart questions applies to all parts of the item. A multipart question cannot have more than one Depth of Knowledge level assigned. Consider the total depth of knowledge for all parts and select the best representation of the whole question.
Selecting the Item Weight
Item weight affects the entire multipart question. Due to the combination of questions for multipart items, higher weights for multipart questions may heavily skew the total percentage of an assessment’s score. Consider reviewing item percentages of the total score in the Test Key tab when authoring assessments before activating the test.
Step 5: Author each question. Multipart items must contain more than one part. Due to the length of a multipart question, test authors may wish to include directions instructing students to scroll down on the screen to see all parts of the question as students will be able to move past a question without having answered all parts of a multipart question.
Click the Plus sign to add another part to a multipart question or select the Add Part button. Select a multiple choice, multiple selection, or constructed response question from the menu. Test authors can only add up to four parts to a multipart question.
Selecting or Deleting Separate Item Parts
To toggle between item parts, select the question button to edit a specific part of the question. Delete a question part by clicking the Trash Can icon. When deleting the first, second, or third question part, test authors must change the auto-populated Part Number.
The Eye icon in the overview pane generates a preview of the multipart question as it would appear to the students for online testing. This preview does not include any potential accommodations such as rulers, text-to-speech buttons, or content clarifiers.
Step 6: Click the Create button to enable the multipart question.
Scoring Multipart Items
Multipart items in the Enter Answers panel show each part grouped as one question. Constructed response parts must be scored by the teacher before accurate results can be displayed in Data Analysis.
Interacting with a multipart question
Multipart questions display as a list of questions in one window. Multipart items may require students to scroll down on the screen to see all parts of the question. Student interactions such as answer choice cancellation, text-to-speech, and content clarifiers work normally. Multipart questions can be added to resources such as a reading passage or graphic.
Student Score Summary
If the test author has enabled the score summary, students can see their scores for multipart items. However, all constructed response parts must be graded before the score summary will show correct or incorrect. If a multipart has more than one constructed response question, scores will be added together in the score summary for that question.
Aware offers four types of scoring: Correct/Incorrect, Points per Task, Partial Credit, and Dependency. You can adjust scoring options when creating assessments and learn how Selecting Scoring Rules for Assessments align with STAAR redesign options for math assessments.
For a full description of scoring options and scenarios for multipart items see Scoring Multipart Assessments.
To view Question Type as a column for data views, open the Columns folder and the Responses folder to select Question Type.
The Question Type column displays the type of question next to the Question Number column in data views.
Depending on the scoring method chosen for the multipart question, data analysis displays student responses as follows:
- 0/1 or 1/1 for Correct/Incorrect
- Points earned over points possible for Points per Task
- 0, 1, or 2 for Partial 0-1-2
- Points earned over points possible for Dependency
Interactive questions display data analysis next to the scores for each question type. Data views for multipart are consistent with all other interactive item types to show the number of points students earned out of the total points possible. The examples show questions with three interactions. Teachers may view the exact question in the Enter Answers screen and modify student answers if needed.
Note: For district and campus level tests, the Questions teachers can answer and score option must be set to All Questions for editing privileges.
Visit the Interactive Item Types FAQ for more information.
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