How do I set up Matching questions?

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Matching questions ask students to match items correctly.

Matching question options

Buzz allows you to set these up in various ways:

Matching questions: inline drag and drop

You can place answer targets within sentences, and create a list of draggable answers (text and/or media) to accompany them. Students can drag the answers to the targets they think match.

For this option, check the following boxes in the Interaction card of the question editor:

  • Maintain response order
  • Drag and drop
  • Show as drop down menu
  • Show inline

If you want the choices to be usable only once, click the Remove used choices from list.

Matching questions: drag and drop

You can format the Matching questions to automatically list answer targets on the left and draggable answer options (text and/or media) on the right. Buzz allows you to include additional distractors if you want (notice that the watermelon and mango images don't have a text match). Students can drag the answers to the targets they think match.

For this option, check the Drag and drop box in the Interaction card of the question editor. If you want the choices to be usable only once, click the Remove used choices from list.

Matching questions: drop down menus

Buzz's default Matching question format is to list one set of values on the left and the other set on the right. Each value in the list on the left has a drop down menu next to it with all the answer options in it. Students can select the value they think matches from the drop down menus.

Buzz also allows you to list only the values on the left and the drop down menus with possible matches. To use this format, check the Show as drop down menu box in the Interaction card.

Create Matching questions

Matching questions can be added to assessments and practice questions activities.

  1. Add the Assessment or Practice Questions activity.
  2. Add a matching question to the activity.
  3. Follow the directions, below.

Question content

  1. Specify how many Points the question is worth.
  2. Enter the question as you want it displayed to students.
  3. Pair your matches as you enter them, so that the value for 1. matches the value for a., 2. matches b., and so forth.
  4. Two matches are included by default; click Add match if you want more.
  1. If you are building a Matching question with inline targets, you are prompted to add placeholders to the question where the answer options should appear. place the cursor where you want them and click append placeholder. To delete placeholders, place the cursor at the end of the placeholder and hit ctrl + delete.
  1. This section pictures and explains the default Visual editor; select Text to create and edit questions with the advanced Text editor.


Click Add feedback to create various types of feedback. Choose the feedback type from the dropdown and enter the desired content in the field below. You can choose:

  1. Feedback for When answer is correct.
  2. Feedback for When answer is incorrect.
  3. Feedback that is Always delivered.
  4. Custom feedback for questions from specific Groups and/or when a specific Condition is met. This option allows you to set up conditions (contact support for additional assistance).


To manage the question's Interaction:

  • Check the Maintain response order box to randomize only the order of the first column (1., 2., etc). Otherwise both column orders are randomized.  
  • Check Drag and drop if you're building drag and drop questions.
  • Check the Remove used choices from list if you want each answer option to be used only once in a drag and drop activity.
  • Indicate whether you want the responses to Show as drop down menu (these options behave slightly differently for drag and drop vs. drop down menu questions).
    • If so, indicate if you want them to Show inline with the question.
  • Check Display workspace to give students a rich text editor where they can record their notes and processes as they work on the question.
  • If one or more passages have been included in the activity, you can select one to attach to this question from the Include passage dropdown.
  • Provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance).


Add the question to an existing Group with the associated ID, or create a new one. Groups allow you to vary settings for different questions.

Learn more: How do I vary attempt limits by question?

Objective mastery

Click Choose objective in the Objective mastery card to   and align the question with objective(s). Once you've clicked it, you can:

  1. Use the Filter field to search for specific objectives.
  2. Check the boxes next to objectives to align them with the question. This makes it possible to set up Formative and Remediation assessments.


Use the Score card to indicate:

  1. If you want to allow for Partial credit.
    • And, if so, if you want to automatically Round the score.
  2. If you want the question to count as Extra credit.


With the Variables section you can create a range or list of variables for use in the question.  



Check the appropriate box(es) to provide students with one or more of the following calculators to use with this question (Basic, Standard, and/or Scientific). This can also be specified for the entire activity with the Assessment activity editor.

Companion Material

Click Add material in Companion Material to attach any supplemental documents students need to complete this question. You can do this by:

  1. Pointing to existing resources in the course.
  2. Uploading new files (PDFs only).

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