Quizalize offers teachers the opportunity to create increasingly engaging and interactive question types beyond simple multiple-choice questions, including categorizing answers, and free text options.
Read on to unlock the extensive benefits of Quizalize.

Sorting Questions with Text Only

The Quizalize team has improved the sorting question type to improve stability and usability across browsers and devices. The new-look supports all existing questions, but some questions display differently.

The format of the sorting question type remains the same.

Provide information or a prompt to the student in the question field. The Quiz Player will display this information above the available categories.

The quiz player now displays the following instructions for all sorting questions:

“Select an option below and then the box above where it belongs to place it. If you make a mistake, select the option from the box to move it back to the list below.”

The following code is in the correct answer field.

sorting://category 1|option 1, option 2: category 2| option 3, option 4

Leave the incorrect answer fields blank.

For example sorting://yellow|banana, lemon: red| apple, strawberry

In Quizalize it will look like this:

See how it works:

Sorting Questions with images as answers

Here's how it works:

  1. Upload image in the question field, not in the answer fields

  2. Once uploaded successfully, right-click the image and select "Copy image address."

  3. Then, paste it in the answer field and remove: https://uploads.quizalize.com/ and replace it with # on its place.

Continue to follow the sorting question type's proper format.

Best Practices

The sorting question type is a “hack” question, which means it falls outside of the core Quizalize product. We try to support our diverse user base but cannot always adapt to all the advanced ways our users think to use the product. Here are recommendations to get the best result from this type of question.

Number of categories.

The quiz player displays the categories in a single row. Using more than two categories may cause them to overflow the bounds of the quiz player.

Character limits.

The quiz editor will allow you to use as many characters as you like, and this list highlights some of the ways the quiz player displays text for learners.


Words to denote the categories do not break, so words over 16 characters may overflow the bounds of the category box. Categories with over 70 characters may expand the category area, which may require your learners to do more scrolling to see the options and to place them in categories. Using more than 2 categories will exacerbate these layout idiosyncrasies.


Words within options do break, so words over 12 characters may appear on two lines within the option card. The option card will not adjust to the text inside. The card will obscure any option text beyond the 6th line, which usually affects options longer than 60 characters.

Linking Answers with Text Only

Linking questions allow students to match answers but connecting them with a single line. The linking:// code creates this question style, followed by the various matching answers separated using a vertical bar (|), plus a colon (:) separating each pair of answers.

For example: linking://solid|ice: liquid|water: gas|water vapor

See how it works:

Linking type with images as answers

See how it works:

Questions involving Ordering Answers

To create questions where the answer involves ordering words use the ordering:// code in the 'Correct Answer' field, followed by each answer and its corresponding number separated by a vertical bar (|) (in ascending order).

For example ordering://Eggs|1:Caterpillar|2:Chrysalis|3:Butterfly|4

See how it works:

Linking type with images as answers

See how it works:

Questions with Free Text Answers

This question style removes the multiple-choice option and allows students to type in their answers independently. The student's answer must correspond exactly with the answer you type in the 'Correct Answer' field.

Simply, use the code freetext:// followed by the correct answer.

For example freetext://Eiffel Tower

See how it works:

Questions with Multiple Free Text Answers
You can also create questions that require typed answers with more than one correct response by using the code freetextm://

In this example, the coding is: freetextm://chloroplast: vacuole: cell wall
When played in Quizalize the students can type either of those three answers to correctly resolve the question.

Multiple Correct Free Text Answers (Weighted)
You can also create free text answers where scores are weighted according to the student's accuracy. Simply decide on a score for each answer, then use the freetextm:// code in the 'Correct Answer' field followed by each answer and its weighting, separated with a vertical bar (|). 

For example: freetextm://whale|100:dinosaur|80:elephant|60:giraffe|40

Note: Quizalize will double the score you allocate for each answer.

Video Questions

Video questions allow you to incorporate a video clip into your question and you can edit the duration of the clip as you require.

Use videoq: code followed by the link to your video in the 'Question' field.

Note: Quizalize only needs the final part of the link e.g. only the bold section of this link would be included: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH05IyHGGV0 

After the link insert a colon (:) followed by the length of time you want the clip to play start time : duration (all in seconds) and then two hash symbols (//) followed by your question.

For example: videoq:SH05IyHGGV0: 5 : 58 // What is double 8?

This question will then appear in Quizalize like this: 

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Audio Questions

Quizalize also allows you to seamlessly incorporate audio files into your questions.

Simply enable the 'Use audio' button on the left and click 'Upload an audio (.mp3)'.

Choose your audio file then it will be inserted into the question (as shown below).

Students can then listen to the audio file before answering the question.

See how it works:

These exciting question types will motivate students to engage in the assessment process and generate a positive classroom learning environment. 

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