How to write good Matching Questions

Matching questions consist of two columns, typically one column is on the left and one column is on the right. We will refer to the left side as 'Clues' and the right side as 'Matches'. The objective is to pair the clues on the left side with their matches on the right.

These can be created with using text on both sides or a mix of text with media, such as images, audio or video.

Also known as: Matching Test items, objective

Use Matching Questions to Assess:

  • Comprehension
  • Item association
  • Knowledge Recall
  • Organization Skills

Question Usage Ideas:

  • Terms and Definitions
  • Order of Operations
  • Element Symbol Match
  • Symbol assessments
  • Scenarios and Responses

Advantages of Matching Questions:

  • Great for users who have a lower reading level
  • Less chance for guessing than other question types
  • Can cover a large amount of content.
  • Easy to read
  • Easy to understand
  • Easy to grade on paper
  • Graded automatically online
  • More engaging for users

Disadvantages of Matching Questions:

  • Can take time to create questions
  • Disengaging for the user, if having to search through too many matches
  • Time consuming for user taking Tests, especially if Test is timed


Tips for creating Matching Questions

  • Keep clues (left side) short. This allows users to quickly view all options quickly.
  • Use more matches (right side) than there are clues, for more of a challenge.
  • Add clues (left side) in a logical order. Assists with finding answers more quickly.
  • Don't use too many items per question. You're testing the material, not search ability.
  • Add clear instructions
  • Keep matches (right side) plausible
  • Use less matching options for younger Test takers
  • Shuffle matches and clues
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  • You can add additional incorrect matches to make question more challenging
  • You can add text and multimedia into both clues and matches
  • You can set single points per question or points per each match
  • Shuffle mode allows you to shuffle matches, clues or both
  • The different grading styles available - full points, partial with deduction, partial without deduction
  • How to add custom feedback for both correct/incorrect answers
  • Matching Questions are automatically graded