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How do I create a new question (with the assessment builder)?

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Questions can be added to a new or existing assessment with the assessment builder.

In general, any site member with the permissions (e.g., Instructor, Teaching Assistant) can select the Add tab, choose a question type, and insert content appropriate to that question type. This article covers the general settings common to most question types. For additional information on specific questions types, please refer to the individual articles for the appropriate question type.

Select Tests & Quizzes.

Select Tests & Quizzes

Select Tests & Quizzes from the site's Tool Menu.

Select an assessment.

Questions may be added to any assessment. Select an existing assessment or create a new one.

Note: Questions can also be added directly to a question pool.

Create a New Assessment.

Select Add.

Select Add

Select Add from the Actions Menu.

Enter a title and select Create.

Enter a title and select Create
  1. Enter a title in the Assessment Title field.
  2. Select Create.

Note: For more information on creating new assessments, see How do I create an assessment?

Or, edit an existing assessment.

Or edit an assessment by selecting Actions, then Edit

To add additional questions to an existing draft assessment:

  1. Select the Actions dropdown menu to the right of the assessment title.
  2. Choose Edit.

Insert a question of the desired question type.

Select the Add Questions menu and choose a question type

Select the type of question from the Add Question dropdown menu.

Note: For more information about a specific question type, please refer to the individual help article for adding that type of question.

Set the point value for the question.

Enter a point value

Enter the point value for this question.  Questions may be worth any point value chosen.

Tip: Keep in mind that the point value of all the questions in the assessment will equal the point value of the assessment in the Gradebook.  So, if you want your assessment to be worth a total of 100 points, you should assign point values to your questions accordingly.

Display points?

Choose whether to display point value

To display the point value of a question while a submission is in progress select the radio button for Yes. To hide the point value for the question or if there is no applicable point value for the question, select the radio button for No.

Extra Credit. (Optional)

Designate extra credit

Selecting this option designates a question as extra credit. This means that the points awarded for this question are not treated as part of the total points for the assessment, and there are no points deducted for skipping this question or answering incorrectly. Instead, users answering correctly will receive the Extra Credit question point value added on top of their total points earned in the assessment.

Enter the question text.

Enter question text and answer options

Enter the question text into the text box provided and enter answer options (if applicable). To use the Rich Text Editor to compose the question, select the Show All Rich-Text Editors link in the top right corner of the text box to load the WYSIWYG html editor. The Rich Text Editor allows for formatting the question text and/or adding images, links, or other resources.

Note: The Question Editor section will vary depending on the question type.


Select Add Attachments

To attach a file to the question, select the Add Attachments button to browse for and upload a file. Many questions do not require an attachment; however, in some cases, providing test takers with a file in order to answer the question is necessary. For example: an audio file, a reference document, or other resource could be attachments.

Choose whether or not to randomize answers (for multiple choice).

Choose whether to randomize the order of answers

The default setting is No for randomizing the order of answers in a submission attempt. For the answer choices to appear in a random order each time a test taker attempts the assessment, select Yes.  

Tip: Remember that if answer choices contain phrasing like "all of the above" or "A and B are correct," randomizing the order could cause confusion with the answer key.

Choose whether or not to require rationale.

Choose whether to require a rationale

The default setting is No for requiring rationale. To require test takers write an explanation for why they chose a particular response, select Yes.

Note: This setting is only applicable for some question types.

Assign to part. (Optional)

Choose to assign the question to a part

If there are multiple parts in the assessment, assign the question to a different part.

Assign to pool. (Optional)

Choose to assign the question to a pool

To copy this question to an existing question pool, select the pool name from the drop-down menu.

Provide answer feedback. (Optional)

Provide answer feedback

Feedback is optional text available for the test taker to review after the particular question is graded.

Select Save.

Select Save

Select Save to save the question.

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