Random Question Orders

febster's picture

Just curious if it has been considered randomising question orders. Basically, you could great a series of questions and not only have multiple choice possible answers display randomly, but also the overall sequence of the questions display randomly. This would just make the quizzes less predictable especially within 'course presentations,' and allow students re-testing to get a completely different sequence each time.

If there was just a checkbox to turn this on or off it would be great! Again loving H5P!

Also along these lines, would there be a way to limit the number of random questions spit out each time. Say I have created 10 questions, I could type in a box to spit out only 5 questions each time. This way there would be a larger 'pool' of questions which could be drawn from each time the quiz is taken while all questions are displayed in a random order.

Anyhow, I think this would be great added feature.

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falcon's picture

Thank you for reporting on these features. This isn't something we've considered yet. It isn't on the roadmap. If you're using Drupal you may achieve some of this using H5P with the quiz module and the quiz_h5p module. There will be content types that does this for H5P as well in the future but it might take some time until we get there unless someone else develops and shares it or funds it.
spazfox's picture

I would love to see these features (randomize order of display and randomly select x number from a pool) added to the Question Set content type, too. 

"randomize order of display and randomly select x number from a pool"

As stated by spazfox, this is a major and esential feature that is completely in coherence with what h5p offer.

Please consider integrating such feature.


timothylim23's picture

Hi, this feature is going to come for the question set content type in the next release (which is being tested right now). 

Hi Timothy,

Any hint about the next release date?

tim's picture

Hi, it is avaliable to test on h5p.org and we are fixing some final bugs before releasing it officially.

Thanks guys! 

Looks great! 


hi Timothy, 

Thank you for all that you do with H5P. 

I am using the WordPress plugin.  Could you tell me if there is a way to allow the student taking a Question Set to select x questions out a pool?  For instance, if they are studying for an exam with 200 questions, I might create a pool of 200 questions for them.  But when they go to practice them, they might only have time to do 25 questions in a sitting.  Is that possible or on the roadmap?


otacke's picture

Hi gsimo!

You can do this using the content type "Question Set", creating 200 questions and activating "Randomize Questions" and setting "Number of questions to be shown" to 25 in the options. Or did I misunderstand what you have in mind?

papi Jo's picture

What you suggest, otacke is not quite what gsimo wants. He wants the end-user to have the possibility to select the number of questions they want to answer (out of the pool of questions), not the content creator to make this decision.

I think there should be more such decisions made available to the end-user in H5P activities. This is what I have done for the dialog cards activity in my enhanced version to be seen here: http://www.rezeau.org/wp-garden/en/category/about/quizzes/

See the Find plant names and Common name to Latin name activities.

otacke's picture

Thanks for clearing that up!

Just wondering But is it also posible to force certain type of questions like select 20 random multiple coice and 5 open questions.

otacke's picture

Hi spacecabbie!

No, that is currently not possible.


febster's picture

Awesome! I'm using H5P for my courses and this is a major help!

Great news, that's a game-changing feature.  

Thank you guys!