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Writing AIKEN Format Quiz Questions
Last modified on 21 December 2022 04:13 PM

When importing questions from the Question Bank there are several formats that easily transfer into eClass quizzes.  One approach is to write questions using the AIKEN format. The AIKEN format allows you to create multiple choice or true/false questions using a plain text file. 

To set up AIKEN format questions:

  1. Using a word-processing application (e.g. MS Word) or text editor (Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac), type out your questions using the following AIKEN conventions:
    • write the entire question on one line
    • add the response choices starting with an upper-case letter (ie. A, B, C) followed by a period or parenthesis.  For example, A.  or  A)
    • In the next line after the final response choice, type "ANSWER: " in all upper-case letters with a space after the colon.  Then, type in the letter of the correct response for that question.
    • For example:
      • What is the capital city of Alberta?
        A. Barrhead
        B. Calgary
        C. Edmonton
        D. Toronto
        ANSWER: C
      • Nunavut is a Canadian province.
        A) True
        B) False
        ANSWER: A
  2. When you are finished adding all the questions in the document, click Save As and ensure that your file is being saved as a .txt (plain text) file in UTF-8 format.  Note: If you do not see this option in TextEdit, select Format in the top menu and choose Make plain text. Then save the file as .txt

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