EMQs are ‘Extended Matching Questions’ they are a way to link multiple questions by a common question stem. EMQs are a powerful tool for creating questions and challenging your users.. For example EMQs can be used for:


Using a large body of text that is shared across multiple questions to test comprehension

Situational Judgement

A shared situational based scenario with different questions attached

Abstract Reasoning

A common image or pattern shared across multiple different questions


Use EMQs to provide instructions for certain types of questions ie (You should not use a calculator to work this out)

Shared question information

Share the same information across multiple questions, for maths questions this may be a shared formula, table or other information

Note: EMQs on Synap will always be displayed together, even with shuffling enabled

How to create EMQ groups on Synap

This help article is going to assume you are comfortable creating single MCQs on Synap via the question editor and through the importer. If you would like to recap your understanding please see our step by step guide to the question editor and guide to the importer.

Create and save a quiz, use the left secondary left hand menu in the quiz editor and navigate to ‘Configure’

In the configure settings scroll down to the bottom and enable EMQ Groups, then save your settings.

Next use the quiz menu to navigate back to ‘Import’ you need to create and import EMQ groups before your MCQs. This is because the EMQs need to exist on Synap to get a unique EMQ id that is put onto the MCQ sheet before you upload it.

Download the EMQ groups template from this screen. EMQs must be in the correct format before they can be uploaded. Use this link to download a copy of the EMQ template.

Formatting EMQs on a Spreadsheet

In this example I’m trying to create some EMQ groups based off chapters from Great Expectations in order to create some comprehensive style MCQs.

On the EMQ groups template there are 4 fields.

Synap ID:

This is where the unique id that Synap uses to locate a unique EMQ. You need to leave this blank if you are creating a new EMQ. This field will come in handy later when you're linking your EMQ groups to an MCQ. But for now leave it blank.

External ID:

Use this id to call your EMQ something you and your team can identify it easily when you're exporting and updating it. In this example I'm making 2 EMQ groups called:



You can use a sheet CONCATENATE function and “_” instead of spaces to create this id, check out Google's guide on concatenation.

Remember this id must not have spaces in it!


Add in the information here that is going to be shared across all questions linked to the EMQ. In this example my EMQ groups are chapters from Great Expectations. Use HTML on the sheet to format text and add in images, or you can do this after the EMQ has been creating using the built in rich text editor on the question editor.

Guide to using HTML formatting in questions


Add in HTML formatted or plain text to be shown after each question linked to an EMQ group.

Import & create new EMQ groups on Synap

Once you’re happy with your EMQ group sheet, its time to upload it to Synap and create your EMQs. Download your sheet as a CSV and upload it to the platform

Manage the field mappings and make sure that everything matches up and confirm them.

This is also an opportunity to check your EMQ groups before they are created, scroll down to ‘Review EMQ Groups’ and click on the drop down to expand and view.

If everything is correct, start the import.

If everything is in the correct format your import will go through and the EMQ groups created. The next step is to get thos EMQ ids onto your MCQs (the actual questions that are using your EMQ groups)

Adding EMQ group IDs to an MCQ Sheet

From the EMQ Groups editor you can see all EMQs for a quiz. Each group will be assigned a unique Synap ID. This can be accessed by either:

Exporting them to a CSV

Through the drop down

Click the drop down for each EMQ and scroll down to find the 'Synap ID'. Copy and paste that into your EMQ template.

You need this Synap ID to match up any MCQs that you want to be apart of this group.

Use these IDs to very carefully match EMQs to the right MCQs. If you have used a good naming system for the External IDs for your MCQs then you can easily identify and relate the correct questions to the correct EMQ groups.

See in the image below the MCQ and EMQ sheets side by side and how the ids need to be used to join the two

Upload MCQs with EMQ ids

The final step is to upload a completed MCQ sheet that has the EMQ Synap ID filled in with the correct EMQs. In the quiz editor navigate to import, then import questions. Download your MCQ sheet as a CSV and select it for the upload.

Step by step guide for importing MCQs

If all the field mappings and information are correct then start the import. If everything is in the correct format then you’ll get a confirmation email and a request to refresh your page.

From here you can view all of your questions. And you’ll be able to see the EMQs that are being used for each question

The end product

Give yourself access to the quiz you have made by putting it in a collection for which you are in a group that has access. Go into study mode, then to the course or collection where you have added your new quiz to.

Once you've viewed your questions in student mode you may have some modifications to make and want to change the layout. You can do this directly from the editor as an Admin.

Keep checking your questions until you've got them in the right format. You can edit questions directly in the builder. Remember if you want to edit questions or EMQ groups from a CSV you should always download the latest version directly from the platform to make sure you pull in the latest changes.

Video tutorial for EMQs

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