Fiverr Experiment

I posted a gig request to help me make 15 multiple choice questions.

Request:

I’m looking for a writer to generate original multiple choice questions and answers from sources that I provide. I will provide a source of information, such as a web page (example: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr03652.html) as well as the number of desired questions from that source. Each question needs at least 4 plausible options. An example of the format I am looking for is shown in the attached spreadsheet. I would like to start with a small number of questions (about 15) so I can evaluate the writing quality. Please provide a price for 15 questions. Delivery Time - 7 days

I also included an excel spreadsheet with an example question to show the format I would like.

The responses I received were… less than impressive. You would think that someone bidding on a writing gig would take the 5 extra seconds needed to write a gramatically correct sentence with punctuation. But on Fiverr, anything goes!

Here’s some of the responses I received, organized by price.

Price Range $5-9

Response:

i can make 15 mcqs in 5$ if you want

Response:

Hello, I am willing to take up the offer because I am an academic currently working in a tertiary institution. I will do a good job by setting standard questions with 4 options each which will include a correct answer. I have gone through the template/ format you sent, please be rest assured that your job will be perfectly done. Hope to hearing from you soon. Thanks.

Response:

I am interested in your job.i am professional summary and research writer.i can provide you very articulate and well researched work.i am right person for this job.

Response:

I will draft original questions as you request.

Response:

I will do this for you in just 2 days

Response:

Hi greetings, Take a minute to read this proposal because I think it suits perfectly with your request. I will generate the original multiple choice questions and answers from your given sources. I have done this task a long ago for engineering subjects once for a foreign client. Lets take a start with first 15 questions and surely you will be amazed with the writing style. I will generate first 15 MCQs in just 24 hours for you so that in minimum time you can evaluate my writing style. I will be looking forward to work with you. I hope you will be comfortable to discuss things in inbox and place the first order. Thanks, Nade Joseph.

Price Range $10-14

Response:

Hi, I am agreed with your job request. Please contact me for further discussions. Thanks. Have a nice day

Response:

Hi I am Level 1 Seller.. This Offer is for 15 MCQs.. Accept offer and this price is just for trial version and i hope so you will like my writing skill because i have alot of teaching background and lot of experuence in paper setting. Inbox me with more details.. Thanks Regards Kashif

Response:

I have done this before and I can do this for you in couple of hours

Response:

Hi, Need an Enthralling / Engaging Questions? I will professionally assist you with a Brilliant Questions that is 100% Unique, will keep your Audience Comfortable and perfectly exceed your expectations. Order now and send me your requirements or PM me for a sample or more details.

Response:

hello client. allow me to handle this task for you. I will deliver a quality job and in time. unlimited revisions if need be and any extra support

Response:

Hi, I will love to have the opportunity to fulfill your Gig request. My goal is to earn a 5 star review from you and I believe that I can do it in a best way than others. Being an educated and professionally trained I can do it professionally. Please place your order. I guaranteed you will be glad to see my amazing work. Now I am waiting for your response. Thanks

Response:

Rated as one of the best, I have seen your work and can deliver. No plagiarism. Send me a message and let us agree on rates. Let us agree on inbox.

One of the only decent replies of the bunch:

Hi there, I have read and understood your requirements and will be happy to provide you my services for this task. I will generate those MCQs for you. I am a professional researcher and writer with 100% positive ratings and I deliver work in time. It will cost you acc. to your budget and task assigned and work will be delivered in just 3 days with unlimited revisions. P.s. mentioned amount is just to fill the requirements. Here is a link to my work samples/portfolio: ____________. Let me know if you are interested 🙂 Thanks Saba

Price Range $15 - 19

Response:

Hello Jchatk, A professional creative writer with 7 years of experience in content writing at your service. I have successfully completed several assignemnts (different subjects all along.) I will read it thoroughly, and create qualitative 15 MCQs. Samples will be provided. We can discuss further. Waiting for your response. Best Regards, Zee

Response:

Hello, I will gladly help you with writing quality questions within 7 days at $15 only. There is room for further discussion, kindly inbox me. Regards

Price Range $20+

Response:

Hi m afshan i can do it precision. thank u

Response:

let me get the work done for you.Thanks

Response:

Great, I can get you 15 multiple choice questions like the sample provided. Please share further details on the project. I’m an MBA in International Business and a Bachelor of Engineering. Working in an MNC for the Business strategy unit, I understand the critical importance of this work. Have expertise in similar projects. Will be willing to share the samples if needed. I should be able to help you here. Am a level 2 seller with a 4.9 rating. Check out my reviews; I will not let you down. I guarantee 100% refund, in case you are not satisfied with the work. Please write back, so that we can discuss and get this going. Cheers! Estimated budget. Let’s discuss the scope of work. Please inbox before placing the order.

Response:

Hello if am not wrong you need the test bank for the sources you provide?? great you have the best services for a Testbank expert for the best prices ever.

In the end, I tried out a 10 dollar post. The instructions I provided were:

Hi Saba,

Thank you for posting an offer on my job request for generating 15 multiple choice questions. I would like you to use the web page below as source material. The questions should cover the important topics from the source material, but NOT trivial details such as “What is the mailing address for the Commissioner of Patents?”

An example of a good question is:

“What are the three basic criteria for patentability?”

1) Novelty, Utility, and Inventiveness 2) Novelty, Practicality, and Perceived benefit to society 3) Practicality, Utility, and Inventiveness 4) Abstract, Specifications, and Drawings

Each question needs to have a minimum of 4 plausible answers. I have attached an excel sheet showing the format I would like for each question. You can leave the last column in the spreadsheet (Category) blank.

https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr03652.html

Thanks,

Jeremy

Result

The writer devlivered 10 questions and they were factually useable, but still needed to be rewritten to a more natural tone. It seemed like the person replying to gigs was not the same person doing the work, as the writing style was noticeably different.

Fiverr is puzzling to me. There seems to be thousands of writers available for hire, and they all seem to have done thousands of gigs with positive feedback, but based on my interactions with them I don’t see how they could have delivered a satisfactory product.

For my project, in the end I contacted a writer from the US through reddit and worked out a deal to have a couple hundred questions created. It worked out far better than fiverr.