How to import questions using GIFT/AIKEN format

Questions can be imported to TalentLMS from a text representation using GIFT or AIKEN formats.

To import a question, when editing a test, select "Import" (2) under "Add question" (1).

You can select the format type (AIKEN / GIFT) (3) and then type the question(s) data. Please note that you can see some examples by clicking on the relevant buttons (4).

You can import more than one questions at the same time. To do so, just leave a blank line between each question.

AIKEN is a very simple format that supports multiple choice questions with a single correct answer. Question text must be on one line. Each answer must start with a single letter, followed by a period '.' or a bracket ')'. The answer line must immediately follow, starting with "ANSWER: " and the appropriate letter.
Here are some examples:
Pick the odd one out
a. Europe
b. Asia
c. Greenland
d. Australia

Which number completes the series 1, 5, 21, 85, ...?
A. 149
B. 253
C. 341
D. 405


GIFT (General Import Format Technology) is a more advanced format that supports an array of question types. Many TalentLMS question types can be imported using GIFT. Please note that TalentLMS may not accept all GIFT features and also not all TalentLMS question types and features can be imported using GIFT.  Here is a list of question types that can be imported to TalentLMS using GIFT format. 

Multiple choice

Options start with tilde character (~), and the correct answer(s) start with equals character (=). 

Here is an example:

Pick the odd one out {

Note that you can have more than one correct answers.

Simple multiple choice questions that can be True or False can be entered by typing the question and next to {TRUE} (if the statement is true) or  {FALSE}  if the answer is false. You can also use the shorter version {T} and {F}.

Here is an example:

Grant is buried in Grant's tomb.{FALSE}
The sun rises in the east.{TRUE}

Fill the gap

Fill the gap questions can be entered by typing the question text with the answer inside curly brackets starting with an equals character (=). 

Here is an example:

The {=quick} brown {=fox} jumps {=over} the lazy {=dog}

Drag and drop

Drag and drop type questions can be entered by writing the questions and then the options inside curly brackets (options start with an equal sign and are matched with the option on their right separated by "->" ).

Here is an example:

Match the capitals {
 =England -> London 
 =Germany -> Berlin  
 =Greece -> Athens

Free text

Free text questions can be entered by typing the text followed by a starting and closing curly bracket {}.

Here is an example:

Write about the Spanish civil war {}

Please note that no options for accumulated points are supported on free text imported questions. These can be added later by editing the imported question on TalentLMS.

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