Multiple hotspot question

Multiple hotspot question in digital assessment

Digital assessment has many advantages over paper-based assessment, one of which is the use of different question types to clarify knowledge. A good example is the multiple hotspot question. But what exactly is this question and what are its advantages, disadvantages and tips? Read on!

What are multiple hotspot questions?

A multiple hotspot question is a closed digital question type that consists of a picture or diagram in which the candidate must select one or more hotspots to answer the question correctly. A hotspot is a specific area of the image that the candidate must click on to give the correct answer. Correctly identifying the correct hotspots requires a deeper understanding of the subject matter. This makes this question type an excellent way to test the candidate’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The difference from a single hotspot question?

The difference between a single and multiple hotspot question is obvious. With the single hotspot question, the candidate only has the option to click one answer option within the image. The multiple question type offers several answer options.

Advantages of a multiple hotspot question

There are a number of unique features and benefits when using a multiple hotspot question:

  • Deep understanding: Multiple hotspot questions require candidates to have a deeper understanding of the subject matter than traditional multiple-choice questions. This question challenges candidates to test their knowledge at a higher level and to think critically about the correct answers.
  • Efficiently Assess: This question is easy to create and assess. By setting the hot spot question correctly once in the assessment software, you ensure that you avoid a lot of repetitive work in the future.
  • Suitable for different subject areas: This question type is flexible and is suitable for different subject areas and topics. As a testing organization, you can question different parts of the lesson material in a fun and interactive way.

Disadvantages of a multiple hotspot question

There are, of course, some disadvantages to using a trailing question in an exam. Some disadvantages are as follows:

  • Limited use: This type of question is not always suitable for all topics and subject areas. For some topics, other question types such as open-ended or multiple choice questions may be more effective.
  • Limited subject matter: Multiple hotspot questions are limited in the amount of subject matter you can question. Long or complex questions are difficult to create with multiple hotspot questions, so deploy this question type in a targeted manner.
  • Limited assessment: The question type has limitations for testing the full range of candidates’ knowledge. This is because the answers given are limited to clicking on specific hotspots.

Tips for creating a multiple hotspot question

  • Make the question clear and specific: A multiple hotspot question should be clear and specific so that the candidate knows what is expected.
  • Use high-quality images: It is important to use images that are relevant to the topic and question. Make sure the image is of high quality and that there can be no ambiguity among candidates as to what you are asking of them.
  • Use enough hotspots: Make sure the multiple hotspot question has enough hotspots so that candidates are challenged to select the right information. However, make sure that the hotspots are not too close together to prevent someone from accidentally selecting the wrong hotspot.

Conclusion: the multiple hotspot question in digital assessment

The multiple hotspot question has become indispensable in some digital assessments. Thanks to this type of question you can retrieve certain knowledge in a very specific way. However, not every subject lends itself to this type of question, so always be critical in the choices you make regarding the type of question. Want to know more about this? Optimum Assessment is your partner in digital assessment! We offer a package of support services that help you create the ultimate assessment experience.

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