**Differing number of Options Choices**

** Q. Not all my (A-level) students will make the same number of Choices. How do I handle this?**

** A. ** You use a Subject called "Free":

If you have said that your students will make 5 choices, but you are not actually expecting all your students to make the full 5 choices (eg: in the 6th-form), then you don't want to keep being told that the satisfaction is only 85% (say) when in fact everyone is satisfied.

The way you arrange this is that you add a subject called "**Free**" to your Subjects list, then if a student is only intending to make 4 choices, you put his 5th choice as "**Free**".

What ** Options **then does is: if it sees a subject called "

**Free**", it adds it to

**all**the blocks, so that a choice of "

**Free**" is always satisfied, no matter how many times any student picks it.

So there is a subtle difference between a choice of "**Free**" and simply an empty/blank choice ... if you leave students with **no subject/choice** (or '-') then ** Options** assumes that you are

*still waiting for the student to decide on a Choice*, and so you can never get a 100% solution (until those students make their choices).

**Note: **"Free" may appear more than once in a student's choices.

**For example**: a student who chooses just 3 Subjects out of a possible 5 Subjects, should have his choices entered like this:

Chris Johnson Maths Physics History Free Free

See also page 39 in the ** Options **manual, where this is explained further.

By theTimeTablerTeam