Personality type tests with H5P

Personality type tests with H5P

August 30, 2021 Off By JR

This is just a really quick post about me not putting 2 and 2 together as soon as I’d like, but I need to write this down so I don’t forget again. I’m categorizing this as #InArticulateeLearningHero, though it is not an official challenge from the elearning heroes group.

Over the past few years there have been courses that include some type of personality test activity. These might not be Meyers-Briggs officially, or actual personality tests, but they fit the format of:

  • identify which of the following statements you fall into
  • add a point for certain items
  • subtract a point for other items
  • tally your score and read the results

H5P does have a personality quiz content type, however it doesn’t work in quite the same way many of the paper based quizzes work. For the H5P personality quiz, you create items and then each answer is associated with a personality. At the end of the quiz, which ever personality has the most points (answers you submitted associated with it) then that’s your personality. It’s done as first past the post, take it or leave it. I have created activities which used this content type, but it was a real work around to get it to work.

Here is one possible alternative, which allows you to add and subtract points for statements. It doesn’t give you as much flexibility as some other tools, such as those that associate points to different levels on a likert scale, but it may be useful for some applications. Originally I tried doing this with a question set. I thought I could make a series of true/false questions, give points for correct answers, and subtract points for incorrect answers. This meant that each statement would be a question stem, followed by the ability to click true or false.

What I came to eventually was flipping the question on its head. So instead, not it is a single MCQ and each statement is an alternative. Each alternative that results in a point is checked as correct, and for each one I need a negative point for is left as incorrect. By default, a “multiple answer” style MCQ in H5P will subtract a point for incorrect answers. This is done to prevent just always checking every alternative in order to achieve a top score. Then, the feedback is divided into specific ranges to reflect the final personality score. The accidental benefit of this feature is that I can now make a style of personality quiz using this content type.

Try out the example:

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