[OS X TeX] Multiple choice tests

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Tue Dec 27 19:11:25 EST 2005

Hi Will and Alain,

On 28/12/2005, at 6:48 AM, William Adams wrote:

> On Tuesday, December 27, 2005, at 12:56 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> I would like to create a twenty-five questions multiple-choice exam
>> with a bank of, say, 5 variations for each question.
>> I googled the web for a couple of hours and didn't really see  
>> anything
>> that wouldn't require a major investment of time and energy because
>> they do a lot more than what I have in mind

Did you come across  MacQTeX ?


>> which is something of the
>> order of one folder for each question in which I would have the 5
>> variants in the form of pdf files. Then a macro would randomely
>> include one file from each folder in a master source so that I could
>> reuse the exam. It would be nice if the order of the included
>> questions in the source could also be randomized.

MacQTeX does all this, and allows you to provide tailor-made solutions
using the same randomised values that are used in the questions,
rather than just providing a generic solution for all parameter values.

>>    If so, where could I find it?
> Nifty presentation at TUG2003:
> Enabling Web access to a database of calculus problems
>          using LaTeX, PHP and LaTeX2HTML
> by Kalle Saastamoinen, Jaakko Ketola, Tuukka Kurppa and Liisa Torikka
> http://www.tug.org/TUGboat/Articles/tb24-1/saast.pdf

MacQTeX is based upon D.P.Storey's  AcroTeX  macros, with
locally developed extensions for a better appearance and extra
functionality with solutions and hints.

Both AcroTeX and MacQTeX were presented at TUG 2001; see


MacQTeX has been presented at several other places since
--- follow the links on the page:


This includes a link to an installer for MacQTeX, which was
developed under Mac OS X and requires the Developer Tools to
be available.

> William

Hope this helps,


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