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Question Types

There are many types of questions that can be included in an assessment.  For instructions on how to create different question types, please see the video tutorials on this page.

• Calculated Formula: Contains a formula with a number of variables. The correct answer can be a specific value or a range of values.
• Calculated Numeric: Resembles a fill-in-the-blank question, except a number is entered to complete the statement. The correct answer can be a specific number or within a range of numbers.
• Either / Or: A statement with a pre-defined choice of two answers (Yes/No, On/Off).
• Essay: A question where the answer must be typed in a text box.
• File Response: Students uploade files to respond to the question.
• Fill in Multiple Blanks: Multiple responses are inserted into a sentence or paragraph.
• Fill in the Blank: A statement that requires an answer to complete it. Answers are evaluated based on an exact text match.
• Hot Spot: A specific point on an image is used to indicate the answer. For example, selecting all the countries in South America by clicking on each one on a map.
• Jumbled Sentence: A sentence with a number of variables within it.
• Matching: Two columns of items where each item in the first column must be matched to an item in the second column.
• Multiple Answer: A number of choices with one or more correct answers.
• Multiple Choice: Allows a number of choices with exactly one correct answer. Indicate the correct answer by selecting the correct answer.
• Opinion Scale / Likert: A rating scale used to measure attitudes or reactions.
• Ordering: A question that requires users to provide an answer by selecting the correct order of a series of items.
• Quiz Bowl: An answer appears; the users responds with a who, what, or where question to respond.