Q&A Challenges: Questions

This page enables you to add the questions for this Q&A challenge.

Q&A Type

Qualified offers four types of Q&A challenges:

No Time Limit

All questions are shown up front, and there's no time limit on this challenge. This type is particularly good for gathering information and lightweight quizzes.

Q&A Time Limit

This challenge has it's own time-limit (outside the overall assessment limit), after which the participant can no longer modify their answers. All questions are shown at once.

This type works well if you want to allow candidates time to answer each question as they need, but want to prevent them from taking too much overall time on the Q&A compared to the rest of the assessment.

Per Question Time Limit

Each question has it's own time limit. Questions are shown one-at-a-time, and the participant has to choose to move forward. Once the time expires or they move forward, they cannot edit a question again.

This type works particularly well for rapid-fire challenges where you are interested in testing a participants knowledge without giving them time to look up answers.

Per Question Time Limit with Time Bonus

This format is very similar to the above one, except the final score is based on how quickly the participant answers. You can set a time range for each question, and as the time counts down, their question score drops.

Question Basics

Choose from Multiple Choice or Text question. You can use the arrows ( and ) to re-arrange questions, either by clicking or dragging.


Both types start with the Prompt, which can contain Markdown formatting, enabling you to be as complex or simple as you like, including text styling, code formatting, lists, and even adding images.

Other Options

Other Options

Under each question is a section called Other Options, which can be expanded by clicking on it. This contains additional settings to refine scoring and answer formatting.

Other Options: Points

You can change the number of points awarded for a correct answer. This enables you to adjust the weight given to make some answers more important than others.

Other Options: Partial Credit

If a question has more than one answer or validator, you can force all-or-nothing scoring by unchecking Allow Partial Credit

Other Options: Default Answer (Text Questions)

For text questions, you can optionally provide a default answer, which is filled in by default for the candidate. They can use this base answer to make modifications such as code refactoring.

Other Options: Question Time Limit & Bonus Countdown Start

These options let you override the default per-question time limit and bonus countdown start time for Per Question Time Limit Q&A variants.

Quickly Adding Questions

Insert Question Menu

You can use the Insert a new question () menu to quickly insert & duplicate questions above or below the question you are working on.

You can also bring this menu up while editing using CTRL + ENTER.

Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple Choice Question

Multiple Choice Questions will have one or more answers, each of which can contain Markdown formatting.

At least one answer must beck checked as the correct answer (to the left of the answer text). You can have multiple "correct" answers, allowing for more interesting answers.

You can re-arrange the answers easily dragging them with the double arrow ().

Finally, you can remove an answer by clicking the button.

Answer Formatting

If you add several questions, but check only one, the default mode is to show the answers to the participant using Radio buttons, which means "select one and only one answer". If you check off more than one, the answer will use Checkboxes, which means they can select any or all answers.

You can override this default by going into Other Options and changing the Maximum Number of Answer Selections.

Weighted Choices

With weighted multiple choice questions, you can now use Qualified's Q&A challenges for more more than ever before. They are now even better for automatically determining job fit via a questionnaire, improved aptitude quizzes, and even getting to know your candidate better.

Weighted multiple choice questions work exactly as normal multiple choice questions from the candidate's point-of-view, but now you can assign different values to each question. The total score for the questions can then be assigned anything you want, such as the sum of all correct answers, the highest correct answer, or any value in-between.

You can even assign negative values to some answers. While the candidate's score can never go below zero for a question, this can allow some incorrect or undesirable answers to offset a positive one.

Some simple use cases:

Text Questions

Text Question

Each free text question can be one of the following formats:

Validation Matchers

Free text questions can be automatically scored by adding one or more optional validation matchers. These can be use to validate in one of several ways:

If they all are correctly matched (or not found), the question is awarded full points. If some or none match, the score awarded is based on the Partial Credit setting.

You can remove a validation matcher by clicking the button.

Previewing Validation Matcher Results

Text Question - Preview Matcher Results

If you have at least one validation matcher, you can use Preview Matcher Results to test how the scoring works. Click on Preview Matcher Results to open the Matcher Preview tool.

In here, you can add text to the left-hand pane. The right-hand pane shows you the auto-scored results, including marking correct and incorrect matchers. To see which matchers are correctly matching or not, look above and to the right of each matcher for a or .

The calculated score is shown as well.