There are many options within digital assessment when it comes to question types. One example is the drag-and-drop question. What exactly is this question? What are the advantages and disadvantages and what are tips on how to use this question type within tests and exams? Read on!
A drag-and-drop question is a closed digital question type that requires the candidate to “drag” answer options into the correct order. This question type requires the candidate to be familiar with the sequence of events, steps in a process or how certain elements are connected.
The question type is thus an interactive and visual way to test knowledge. The drag-and-drop question tests not only the candidate’s content knowledge, but also their ability to organize the information in a logical way and determine the correct order. These components make it a question you can use well in both formative assessment and summative assessment.
Example: Below the correct historical event to the correct dates.
Answer options: There are three answer options for this question, named 1961, 1969 and 1971. The candidate drags the correct event to the correct year.
The point count of the drag-and-drop question can vary. For example, you can choose to award points only if all questions are answered correctly. Or you work with partial points if not all answers are ranked correctly.
There are a number of advantages that the drag-and-drop question has in terms of digital assessment:
There are, of course, some disadvantages to using a drag-and-drop question in an exam. Some of the disadvantages are as follows:
Drag-and-drop questions are an effective way to test candidates by organizing information logically and sequencing appropriately. The question type is flexible, visually appealing and easily assessed (automatically) by assessment software. However, always be keen on the quality criteria of exam questions. Want more information about digital assessment? Our testing experts are ready for you!
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