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I am using the exam class.


I would like to split my paper into two columns. One column should be for the question and across from that question would give the question # and space to solve it.

I have read the question How do I get a blank column?, but not sure how to add the questions in. Do I just type all my questions after the &?

Is this possible?

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I'm sorry to ask after such a long time, but did you ever find a solution? I ask because I'm having a little difficulty envisioning the goal. If you still need it, would you perhaps draw a picture of what you'd like it to look like? – Sean Allred Mar 6 '13 at 18:04
@SeanAllred honestly, I just gave up on it, I just wanted to make a nice exam for the students, because the school prints everything on A4 paper, so I thought if I did two collums then I could have the answers to the right of the questions, instead on a different page. – MaoYiyi Mar 7 '13 at 2:41
As a student, God bless your caring heart. I'm still kinda curious if this can be done though tinkertinker – Sean Allred Mar 7 '13 at 8:29
Such a layout is possible without too much additional programming with exsheets. If a solution using it instead of exam would be welcome I'll post an answer. – clemens Mar 9 '13 at 18:55
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Some tweaking might be needed to suit your needs, but I think what follows may be of help. I've defined a "two-part" environment called qanda (for "Question and Answer"), split by a command called \nextpart, for each couple of question and answer. You can finetune the space allocated to each answer by using \mbox{}\vspace{...} after \nextpart.

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\usepackage[showframe,a4paper]{geometry} % change to a3paper if needed



\newenvironment{qanda}{% Q&A


Prove or disprove $P=NP$
\nextpart \mbox{}\vspace{5cm}


Disprove Fermat's Last Theorem.
``Mrs Wiles\ldots please get your husband on the phone\ldots''

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Thanks, this is wonderful. – MaoYiyi Mar 22 '13 at 13:51
@MaoYiyi Please consider accepting the answer, if you're happy with it. – Jubobs Mar 22 '13 at 14:25
sorry, I have done that. its a great answer. – MaoYiyi Mar 22 '13 at 14:33

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