Partial Credit for Storyline 360 Drag-and-Drop Questions

Storyline doesn’t let you give partial credit to drag-and-drop question. Except it does.

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You hide a multiple-choice question underneath the drag-and-drop. What is the multiple-choice question? How many labels were dropped correctly?

Then you grade by answer choice. So if one is a choice for number of labels answered correctly, you get one point. Two, two points and so on. On top of this multiple-choice question, you put the actual drag-and-drop.

You use a variable to calculate how many items were labeled correctly in the drag-and-drop. That variable then decides the answer to our multiple-choice question of how many items were labeled correctly.

So that overall is how to give partial credit in a Storyline drag-and-drop. I saw this great video which went more in-depth into it, which I will link to. But overall, yes, there are some additional challenges. You can calculate partial credit in a Storyline drag-and-drop.

And that’s something I learned recently.


I was given an Articulate Storyline 360 project to fix. In the process of doing that, I noticed it was a graded assignment with about three slides. Each included a drag-and-drop question with about seven or eight items. By default, to get credit on drag-and-drop questions, a learner has to match all the items correct. So if a student mismatched just one item in the entire assignment, they failed.

What I Did

I hid a multiple-choice question underneath the drag-and-drop. I entered the question and answer options below:

How many items are labeled correct?

  • 1 answered correctly
  • answered correctly
  • 3 answered correctly
  • and so on


A question setting allows you to give points based on the answer choice. I set it up so if “1 answered correctly” is selected, one point was given. If “2 answered correctly” is selected, two points were given, and so on.

Screenshot of Score By Choice Option on Storyline

A trigger is needed to decide the answer for the multiple-choice question. I created a number variable called “Points.” Whenever an item was dropped in the correct place, one was added to “Points.”  

Another trigger is set up so “Points” selects the answer for the multiple-choice question. For example: If “Points” = 2, the “2 answered correctly” option is selected. 

Where It Gets Messy

Let’s say a student had the correct answer but then switched it. Points would have to be subtracted from the variable as well. And if a student had the correct answer, dragged it off the correct spot, but then dragged it back on, they may get double credit. Other variables were needed to prevent these types of situations. 

Where Did I Learn This

Articulate 360 has a tutorial posted on YouTube. And Mike Enders posted an intermediate tutorial, which included processes I used for the original project I was working on and a few others.

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