Adding Binary Questions

True/False and Yes/No are common examples of a binary question.

To add a binary question to your assessment, start by entering the Assessment Generator editor.

First, select the “Edit” link in the menu underneath your assessment.

Edit Simple Assessment

Then click on the Questions tab at the top of the page.

Questions Tab

Create a Binary Question

To add a question for our assessment, click on the “Add Question” button.

A window pops up so you can choose the type of question to add.

Select Question Type Window

There are 5 options:

  1. Yes/No or True/False (“Binary”) question
  2. Scale Question
  3. Options (or Multiple Choice) Question
  4. Check box Question
  5. Narrative Question

We’re going to create a “Yes/No” question, so we’ll select that and click “OK”.

This type of question is sometimes called a “binary” question because it only offers 2 answer choices and they are usually assigned opposing labels.  

Common examples are True/False and Yes/No questions.  

In Assessment Generator, you can label the answer choices according to what makes sense for your question.

Enter Your Question

Enter your question in the editor window and adjust the styling as desired. 

Binary Question Editor

You can also include an image, video, symbols, and/or tables with, or instead of, your text.

Set the Labels

Next, you can set the labels for your answers.  

Binary Question Labels

False and True are the default labels but you can set them to be whatever you want.  Another set of common labels are Yes and No.

Assign Point Values

Next, set the point values that will be scored for each answer.

Binary Question Values

The most common values are 1 and 0, but you can set these values as desired.  

Assign to Type (for Type-Based Assessments)

For Type-Based Assessments only, you will next see a field where you can assign your question to one of the types that you’ve set up under the “Types” tab.

All point values set for this question will be assigned to the type specified here. If you do not set a type you’ll see an error indicator in the Questions tab screen.

No Type Assigned Error (binary)

Question Required Setting

Scroll down to see where you can require the user to answer the question.

If this box is unchecked, this question is optional and the user can proceed to the next question without answering it.

Question Enabled Setting

Next is the question enabled setting. Each question that you create will be enabled by default. You can choose to disable individual questions in your assessment by unchecking this box.

Question Enabled

Optional Notes Field

Finally, there’s an additional text window where you can add notes that will appear below the question.

Notes Field

This field is optional and exists to provide more flexibility when designing your assessment.

Save Your Question

When you click the “Save” button to store your question settings, you are returned to the question tab, where you can see your recently-added question.

Question Tab with Binary Question

Please review the rest of our User Guide to learn more about our software.