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I've started working through the OCP SE11 book, and I wanted to complete the Chapter 1 review questions on Wiley Test Bank.  As I was completing the quiz online, I noticed that some questions say "Choose all (options) that apply".  However, for some of these questions, the online quiz provides a radio list, which only allows one option to be selected.

It may be doing this for questions which only have one correct answer.  This gives away more info than is intended, as the questions are designed to give respondents the impression that more than one answer is correct.

 
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By OCP SE11 book, do you mean Boyarsky and Selikoff? It is likely that Jeanne Boyarsky will see your question in the next twenty‑four hours and I am sure she will have a look at that issue.
 
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Yes, that's the book I mean, the OCP SE11 Study Guide.
 
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Andrew,
Welcome to CodeRanch!

I haven't actually looked at the exam engine online yet becuase we've been so busy with the 816 book. I think I can answer the question anyway .

When we submit the questions, we have to write whether they should be rendered as "multiple choice" (pick one) or "multiple response" (pick one or more). These map to the radio button or checkbox options respectively. We also have to write "Choose all that apply" (or "Choose two" or the like) for any checkbox questions.

This means that
1) It is intentional
2) The text of the question "gives it away".

The questions are hard enough without having to wonder if every single one is multiple answer. But be careful, a "pick one or more" may still have exactly one answer. Or two. Or three. Or...
 
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Hi Jeanne,

Thanks for your reply.  I'm enjoying your book!

To clarify, the following question says "Choose all that apply", but only allows one answer to be selected.  Surely, it was intended for multiple answers to be selected as the question says "Choose all that apply".
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That question would appear to have one correct answer.
 
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Andrew Mahoney wrote:
To clarify, the following question says "Choose all that apply", but only allows one answer to be selected.  Surely, it was intended for multiple answers to be selected as the question says "Choose all that apply".



This might be done not intentionally, but just because software does not distinguish single v.s. multiple choice questions and prints the same message for all questions.

IIRC, older K&B mock exams did not ask for number of correct options to choose and this made mock more difficult than real exam. But real exam always mentions the number of correct options, so it will be easier 8)
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:That question would appear to have one correct answer.



That's my point.  It seems that in the online implementation of the OCP SE 11 Study Guide questions, every question with one correct answer only allows the respondent to choose 1 answer.  However, if a question says "Choose all that apply", surely the intention is for the user to be able to choose multiple answers, even though only one answer is correct.

The book explains:

OCP SE 11 Study Guide wrote:If a question [in the exam] has more than one answer, the question specifically states exactly how many correct answers there are.  This book does not do that.  We say "Choose all that apply" to make the questions harder.  This means the questions in this book are generally harder than those on the exam.



If someone was completing the above question in the book, they might mistakenly think that more than one answer is correct, which achieves the intention of making the questions harder.  However, if someone is completing the above question online, they will know that only one answer is correct as they are only allowed to select one answer, which does not achieve the intention.

Therefore, for the online implementation of the questions to be consistent with the intention of the book, a question which says "Choose all that apply" but only has one correct answer, would need to allow the user to select multiple answers.
 
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Andrew Mahoney wrote:. . . a question which says "Choose all that apply" but only has one correct answer, would need to allow the user to select multiple answers.

I see your point, which I hadn't quite grasped 100% earlier.
 
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Andrew,
Thank you for the screenshot. I also misunderstood the point you were making. The intent is for that question to have checkboxes and the choose all apply language. While there is only one answer, knowing that makes the question easier!
 
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