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Multiple Choice Assessments Standards

Description and Purpose

A multiple choice assessment contains a question stem and 2 or more answer choices, of which only one can be correct. It optionally may also include an image or a code block to accompany the question stem.

These assessments are aligned to learning standard(s) and test learner's understanding of those learning standard(s).

Content Location

Multiple choice assessments are presented to learners as part of quizzes and practice content. They can also be embedded in articles.

Overarching Standards

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The prompt is the required text of the quiz question itself.

  • The words "assessment" or "question" are not in the prompt of the question.
  • In general, avoid negative tense questions (e.g. 'Which of these is not true?') but when used negative words are highlighted with capitalization, like 'Which of these is NOT true?
  • Try to avoid the 'Which answer is most correct?' category of question.
  • Do not use full code blocks with a triple-backtick (```) in the prompt. Use the Code Block section if you need to use a large block of code.
  • Assessments should not reference topics that learners would not be introduced to in the normal course of content ordering. For instance, do not reference an advanced topic (like class syntax) in an assessment associated with an introductory topic (like variable declaration). If there is ambiguity because of different content item ordering in different containers (for instance, a lesson used in a course and a skill path), it is best to err on the side of making an assessment as universal and closely scoped to the learning standard itself.

Prompt Media

An optional image or a code block to complement the prompt.

  • Recommended image width is 480px minimum.
  • For code blocks, select the relevant language to get correct syntax highlighting.


Responses are the containers for answer options and reasons that will be presented to learners.

  • All multiple choice assessments should have 2 to 4 answer options. These are automatically randomized every time a learner sees the assessment.
  • There is only one correct answer for each question.
  • Answer 1 is the correct answer for every question (for maintainability).

An answer option that the learner may choose in response to the prompt.

  • Correct answers should only reference content learned in the associated Introduction to New Material.
  • Do not use answers like "All of the above" or "None of the above" because answers are randomized.
  • There are no arbitrary or "trick" wrong answers. Wrong answers are NOT specially formatted in such a way as to trick learners into picking it.

The feedback text that displays after a learner has selected an answer.

  • All answers require reasoning to clarify why the answer is correct or incorrect.
  • Both correct and incorrect reasons are teachable moments.
  • Start reasons with a one- or two-word affirmation like 'Well done!' or 'Correct!'. Incorrect reasons can begin with 'Not quite.'


Mobile Preview

This field may be used to preview an assessment in the mobile Codecademy Go app. This field is auto generated.

Linked Content

Learning Standard List

This field lists the learning standards associated with a given content item.

  • Each project should be aligned with at least one learning standard. Note that the learning standards are not visible to the learner.
  • Learners should receive Introduction to New Material and checks for understanding on each associated learning standard.

Interactive Articles Section

The interactive articles that embed this assessment. This field is auto generated.

  • Edit this association from the articles themselves.