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Side By Side Question Display
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Our Side By Side question display offers you more opportunities to engage with your learners by designing practice questions with a layout better suited for long passages. Additionally, Side by Side questions lets you customize the answer content for every possible answer.


Let's discuss how the Side by Side display is different from the traditional display, and then walk you through setting it up on your own courses.


Introduction to Side By Side Display

With BenchPrep's traditional question display, a multiple-choice question is created by putting the question and all possible answers into the "question content." The learner inputs their answer by choosing the corresponding letter button on the right. This can cause some issues in cases where there's a large passage, and it's placed directly over the question content. This causes content to be pushed farther down the page and creates an undesirable learning experience.


With the Side by Side question display, only the question itself is displayed on the left, while the individual answers are displayed on the right. See the images below to compare the two different experiences (passages have been excluded for clarity):

Traditional Display


Side-by-Side Display

Additionally, with the traditional display, there is only one possible answer rationale. But what if you wanted different answer rationales, custom-written for each possible answer option? Side by Side display allows you to do this. Below is an example of a customized answer rationale:



Side by Side Question Types

Side by Side question display currently only supports the following question types:

  • Multiple-Choice - One answer allowed
  • Multiple-Choice - Multiple answers allowed
  • Table Entry

More information about each question type can be found in our articles here.


For multiple-choice type questions, our examples above showcase what the question experience will look like for learners. However, for table entry type questions, this will vary based on whether or not a passage is included. If a table entry type question does not have a passage, the question content will be displayed on the left-hand side while the answer rationale will be displayed on the right.



If a table entry type question does include a passage, the passage will be displayed on the left-hand side while the question content and answer rationale will be displayed on the right.



Creating a Course with Side by Side Display

  1. Create a new course in BluePrint. See this article for more details.
  2. Select the Yes checkbox under the heading "Utilize Side by Side Question Display?"
    NOTE: Once a course has been created using Side by Side display, it cannot be switched to traditional display and vice-versa.
  3. Once your course has been created, you'll see that it's question display has been set to "Side-by-Side" on the Course Details page.


Creating a Side by Side Question

  1. Create a new question in your course by clicking on New Question in the top-right corner of the Questions page.
  2. Enter your question content into the section titled "Question Content."
  3. Enter your answer content into the section titled "Answer Explanation Content."
    1. If you'd like to create custom answer rationales for each of your answers vs. having one rationale for all answers, select Rationale By Answer Choice.
  4. Select the question type.
  5. Enter your answer options under the section titled "Answers." Make sure to also select the correct answer.

    NOTE: If you selected Multiple Choice - Multiple answers allowed as your question type, make sure to select all correct answers.
  6. Select a question category and distribution.
  7. Click on Create to finish creating your question.

If you'd like to import your questions instead of manually creating them, instructions on how to do so can be found here. Side by Side questions can also be replicated from one Side by Side course to another, or the full course can be replicated. More on content replication can be found in our section here.

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