Separate answer worksheet with randomised MCQ and non-randomized open questions

Added by Nikola Z. Guscic over 9 years ago

First of all, thank you for making this wonderful program! This is my first time trying to handle LaTex and it's a bit overwhelming,
but AMC is already proving very useful.

I am making an exam template by tweaking the Separate Answer Worksheet template that comes with AMC. I have added some open questions, and everything compiles fine and AMC can grade the resultant exams. My problem is mainly aesthetic, open questions are mixed with multiple choice in the body of the exam as well as the separate answer worksheet. This makes the answer sheet look a little bit chaotic.

I would like to have a section of the exam with randomized multiple choice questions, and after that a section with non-randomized essay questions. On the worksheet I want them to be separate as well, first MCQ then boxes for essay questions all in order.

I am very new with LaTex, so sorry if I am asking an obvious question. I have tried fiddling with \AMCsection but don't even know if that is the right command.

Thanks,

Niko


Replies (6)

RE: Separate answer worksheet with randomised MCQ and non-randomized open questions - Added by Devin Casenhiser over 9 years ago

Hi Niko,

I think this is an easy solution, if I understand the question correctly. The trick is in naming your question groups differently and then inserting them in the order you want. So you can leave one set or the other "general" and name the other something else -- or rename both to make it clear:

\element{general}{
\begin{question}{nb-ue}
question text here...

You will replace "general" with something like "MChoice" and then name your essay questions with "essayQ" for example:

\element{essayQ}{
\begin{question}{open}
Define \emph{inflation}....

Then,towards the end of your file, you have the following lines:

\shufflegroup{general}
\insertgroup{general}

These will be changed to:

\shufflegroup{MChoice}
\insertgroup{MChoice}

\insertgroup{essayQ}

I think that will do it for you.

Cheers!
Devin

RE: Separate answer worksheet with randomised MCQ and non-randomized open questions - Added by Nikola Z. Guscic over 9 years ago

That DID do it for me!

I've just tried it and it compiled exactly as I wanted, with essay question at the end.

Now, if I wanted to have separate numbering for essay questions and a subsection title "Long Answers",
how might I go about that?

Many thanks,

Niko Z.

RE: Separate answer worksheet with randomised MCQ and non-randomized open questions - Added by Devin Casenhiser over 9 years ago

I haven't done thisŠbut this should work:

After the \insertgroup (or \shufflegroup line if you're shuffling), insert

\AMCnumero {1}

That will restart the numbering. You can also insert any headers or
additional text at that point as well.

\insertgroup{multiQ}
\shufflegroup{multiQ}

\begin{minipage}{1\linewidth}
\centering\large\bf Essay Questions
\end{minipage}

\insertgroup{essayQ}
\AMCnumbero{1}

Cheers!
D

RE: Separate answer worksheet with randomised MCQ and non-randomized open questions - Added by Nikola Z. Guscic over 9 years ago

Hi Devin,

First of all, sorry for the late feedback to your solution. I was out of town hiking for a few days.
Secondly, thank you for the solution! I tweaked it ever so slightly to get it to work with my form.

\shufflegroup{general}
\insertgroup{general}

\begin{minipage}{1\linewidth}
\centering\large\bf Essay Questions
\end{minipage}

\AMCnumero{1}
\insertgroup{essayQ}

So, now I have separate sections for randomized MCQ and non-randomized Essay questions in the exam body.
This is reflected in the answer worksheet. As a final touch, I would like to add a title and a line break to the Essay Question section in the separate answer worksheet. At the moment text boxes for essay answers continue directly after the MCQ answers. Is there any way to separate the two sections on the answer sheet?

Thanks again for your help. These are probably obvious questions for someone versed in LaTex, but I am still very new at all this. I really appreciate you assistance. If I can replicate our school's exam templates in LaTex I am hoping to get other teachers to use AMC as well. At the moment we have to input all the MCQ answer choices manually in the Excel scoring sheet, it takes forever!

RE: Separate answer worksheet with randomised MCQ and non-randomized open questions - Added by Alexis Bienvenüe over 9 years ago

As a final touch, I would like to add a title and a line break to the Essay Question section in the separate answer worksheet.

An option is to use \AMCsection{Section title} before both \insertgroup commands. You will have to use some LaTeX to make these \section commands (they are called by \AMCsection) produce exactly what you need.

RE: Separate answer worksheet with randomised MCQ and non-randomized open questions - Added by Nikola Z. Guscic over 9 years ago

Thank you for the pointer, I will play with this until I get it right.

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