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KB1163 - Creating Questions in Aiken format
Posted by John Love, Last modified by John Love on 21 September 2016 01:00 PM

What is the Aiken quiz format?

The Aiken format allows you to easily export multiple choice quiz questions from a Word or other text document, into Moodle. 
For example, If you want to re-use a paper handout of a multiple choice quiz in your Moodle-based online course, the Aiken format may be perfect for you.

The Aiken format is a very simple way of creating multiple choice questions using a clear human-readable format in a text file.

  • The question must be all on one line.
  • Each answer must start with a single uppercase letter, followed by a period '.' or a bracket ')', then a space.
  • The answer line must immediately follow, starting with "ANSWER: "

Creating Moodle quiz questions in the Aiken format

Here are two resources that show you exactly how to prepare your questions for import from a Word file into the Aiken format.

These tutorials also cover how to import the prepared question text file into the Moodle question bank, and adding them into your quiz.

Video Tutorial:

Tutorial Article:

Other quiz question formats

If you have other question types to add, such as True/False, matching, or fill-in the blank, the GIFT format may be a better format to use for importing large numbers of questions into the Moodle question bank. See the Related Resources below.

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