# How to use section in exam class

I am using latex exam class and need to sectioning questions like

\documentclass[12pt,paper=a4,answers]{exam}
\begin{document}
\begin{questions}
\section{First Section}
\question
First question
\question
Second question
\section{Second Section}
\question
First question
\question
Second question
\end{questions}
\end{document}


This works, but doesn't align properly under section heading as well as not numbering like 1.1, 1.2 etc. Any option for that?

Probably a solution is updating question font and size to that of a section heading and use part/sub part. Any help to do this?

• Welcome to TeX.SE!. Please provide complete small document (MWE: Minimal Working Example) with \documentclass{...} on the beginning, used package and defined new commands, followed with \begin{document} showed code snipped and \end{document}on the end. Without MWE we can only guessing what is going on. – Zarko Aug 29 '16 at 0:50
• Updated with MWE. – Ras Aug 29 '16 at 0:59

Here is one solution, although I'm not sure how this will affect the built in answers and grading. Normally exam organizes by \question, \part and \subpart.

\documentclass[12pt,paper=a4,answers]{exam}
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\usepackage{blindtext}% MWE only

\renewcommand{\thequestion}{\thesection.\arabic{question}}
\patchcmd{\questions}{10.}{\thequestion.}{}{}% fix left margin

\begin{document}
\section{First Section}
\begin{questions}
\question
\blindtext
\question
Second question
\end{questions}
\section{Second Section}
\begin{questions}
\question
First question
\question
Second question
\end{questions}
\end{document}


The patch will make each question margin precisely aligned, but different questions will have different margins.

This solution uses the \fullwidth macro inside the questions environment. I assume you aren't planning on using a table of contents.

\documentclass[12pt,paper=a4,answers]{exam}
\usepackage{etoolbox}% opener for can of worms
\usepackage{blindtext}% MWE only

\newcommand{\mysection}[1]% #1 = title
{\stepcounter{section}%
\setcounter{question}{0}%
\fullwidth{\smallskip\textbf{\large #1}}}

\renewcommand{\thequestion}{\thesection.\arabic{question}}
\patchcmd{\questions}{10.}{\thequestion.}{}{}% fix left margin

\begin{document}
\begin{questions}
\mysection{First Section}
\question
\blindtext
\question
\blindtext
\mysection{Second Section}
\question
First question
\question
Second question
\end{questions}
\end{document}


• This is fine, but still indent is not proper for the second line of questions, see – Ras Aug 30 '16 at 3:04
• link Image – Ras Aug 30 '16 at 3:54
• My idea was make basic question font larger (size of section heading) without marks/points thus it can be used for heading, then use part/sub part for making actual questions. Is it possible? then there will not be problem for indent, but I am not sure about section numbers in this case. – Ras Aug 31 '16 at 4:55