For each question you create or edit, you'll choose how many points the question should be worth. You'll also decide what percentage of the total points each answer is worth.

Points

Weighting questions with more points help when certain questions are more important than others. For instance, on our pre-built spelling test, applicants earn more points for getting harder-to-spell words correct.

If all questions are equally important, you can assign the same point value to each question.

To assign points, create a new question or edit an existing one. Change the number of points in the points field.

Percentages

For many questions, there will be one right answer, and any other answers are wrong. Correct answers get 100% of the points; wrong answers get 0%.

However, sometimes there are multiple correct questions or a close-but-not-quite answer that should receive partial credit. If you are creating a typed response question, you might give full (or partial) credit to common misspellings or partial answers (such as a last name when you're looking for a first and last name).

You can adjust the percentages next to every answer. Remember that this is the percentage of the question's points the answer will receive; the total does not need to add up to 100%.

Here's an example of a multiple choice question with one correct answer:

Above, you can see that "Taxes" is the correct answer. It will get 100% of the points; all of the other multiple-choice answers will get no points.

Here's an example of a typed response question where the applicant receives full credit for the correctly spelled full name, but also receives partial credit for using a common misspelling or only the last name. (Remember that for typed response questions, any answer besides the ones listed will receive no points.)

When you're deciding whether or not to assign partial credit, as yourself: What are you trying to test? Which answers show that knowledge or skill?

For example, think about the above question about the President of France. If you were hiring a copyeditor to edit international news articles, you would only give credit for a correctly spelled full name. That's something they need to know.

However, if you were hiring a portfolio manager who needs to be aware of how current events affect the market, spelling is less important; someone who misspells the name still clearly knows the answer. You'd likely want to give credit (maybe even full credit) for common misspellings.

For more context, see our complete walk-through of the Custom Test Builder.

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