EMQs are ‘Extended Matching Questions’ they are a way to link multiple questions by a common question stem. EMQs are a powerful tool for creating questions and challenging your users.. For example EMQs can be used for:
Using a large body of text that is shared across multiple questions to test comprehension
A shared situational based scenario with different questions attached
A common image or pattern shared across multiple different questions
Use EMQs to provide instructions for certain types of questions ie (You should not use a calculator to work this out)
Shared question information
Share the same information across multiple questions, for maths questions this may be a shared formula, table or other information
Note: EMQs on Synap will always be displayed together, even with shuffling enabled
How to create EMQ groups on Synap
This help article is going to assume you are comfortable creating single MCQs on Synap via the question editor and through the importer. If you would like to recap your understanding please see our step by step guide to the question editor and guide to the importer.
Create and save a quiz, use the left secondary left hand menu in the quiz editor and navigate to ‘Configure’
In the configure settings scroll down to the bottom and enable EMQ Groups, then save your settings.
Creating EMQs Using the Question Editor
To create EMQs on the question editor open up the EMQ Groups tab and click 'Add EMQ Group'. You will then see the below screen.
Instructions - This is the information that is shared across all MCQs linked to the EMQ. For example a passage of text or a graph
Feedback - This feedback will be given after each MCQ linked to the EMQ, along with the individual feedback for each MCQ
External Id - This is a unique ID for your reference
Once you've entered these details and saved, the EMQ will be given a Synap Id. When you create your MCQs you will be able to assign them to an EMQ by opening the Advanced Options menu at the bottom of the question and selecting the EMQ Group you want from the drop down menu
Creating EMQs Using the Importer
Navigate to ‘Import’ You need to create and import EMQ groups before your MCQs. This is because the EMQs need to exist on Synap to get a unique EMQ id that is put onto the MCQ sheet before you upload it.
Download the EMQ groups template from this screen. EMQs must be in the correct format before they can be uploaded. Use this link to download a copy of the EMQ template.
Formatting EMQs on a Spreadsheet
In this example I’m trying to create some EMQ groups based off chapters from Great Expectations in order to create some comprehensive style MCQs.
On the EMQ groups template there are 4 fields.
This is where the unique id that Synap uses to locate a unique EMQ. You need to leave this blank if you are creating a new EMQ. This field will come in handy later when you're linking your EMQ groups to an MCQ. But for now leave it blank.
Use this id to call your EMQ something you and your team can identify it easily when you're exporting and updating it. In this example I'm making 2 EMQ groups called:
You can use a sheet
CONCATENATE function and
“_” instead of spaces to create this id, check out Google's guide on concatenation.
Remember this id must not have spaces in it!
Add in the information here that is going to be shared across all questions linked to the EMQ. In this example my EMQ groups are chapters from Great Expectations. Use HTML on the sheet to format text and add in images, or you can do this after the EMQ has been creating using the built in rich text editor on the question editor.
Note - Only Unicode characters will be accepted by the importer. This does cover most characters you are likely to use but if you would like to double check, the below list shows all accepted characters. The importer will replace characters not on the list with a question mark in a diamond (�) so if you see this then the character that you had there cannot be added
Add in HTML formatted or plain text to be shown after each question linked to an EMQ group.
Import & create new EMQ groups on Synap
Once you’re happy with your EMQ group sheet, its time to upload it to Synap and create your EMQs. Download your sheet as a CSV and upload it to the platform
Manage the field mappings and make sure that everything matches up and confirm them.
This is also an opportunity to check your EMQ groups before they are created, scroll down to ‘Review EMQ Groups’ and click on the drop down to expand and view.
If everything is correct, start the import.
If everything is in the correct format your import will go through and the EMQ groups created. The next step is to get thos EMQ ids onto your MCQs (the actual questions that are using your EMQ groups)
Adding EMQ group IDs to an MCQ Sheet
From the EMQ Groups editor you can see all EMQs for a quiz. Each group will be assigned a unique Synap ID. This can be accessed by either:
Exporting them to a CSV
Through the drop down
Click the drop down for each EMQ and scroll down to find the 'Synap ID'. Copy and paste that into your EMQ template.
You need this Synap ID to match up any MCQs that you want to be apart of this group.
Use these IDs to very carefully match EMQs to the right MCQs. If you have used a good naming system for the External IDs for your MCQs then you can easily identify and relate the correct questions to the correct EMQ groups.
See in the image below the MCQ and EMQ sheets side by side and how the ids need to be used to join the two
Upload MCQs with EMQ ids
The final step is to upload a completed MCQ sheet that has the EMQ Synap ID filled in with the correct EMQs. In the quiz editor navigate to import, then import questions. Download your MCQ sheet as a CSV and select it for the upload.
If all the field mappings and information are correct then start the import. If everything is in the correct format then you’ll get a confirmation email and a request to refresh your page.
From here you can view all of your questions. And you’ll be able to see the EMQs that are being used for each question
The end product
Give yourself access to the quiz you have made by putting it in a collection for which you are in a group that has access. Go into study mode, then to the course or collection where you have added your new quiz to.
Once you've viewed your questions in student mode you may have some modifications to make and want to change the layout. You can do this directly from the editor as an Admin.
Keep checking your questions until you've got them in the right format. You can edit questions directly in the builder. Remember if you want to edit questions or EMQ groups from a CSV you should always download the latest version directly from the platform to make sure you pull in the latest changes.
Video tutorial for EMQs