Loyola Support Documentation

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

Updated Jan 18, 2021

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

In general, any site member with the permissions 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.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

Select Tests & Quizzes from the site 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.

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

Or edit an existing assessment.

Insert a question of the desired question type.

Select the type of question from the Add Question drop-down 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 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?

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.

Minimum Point Value. (Optional)

This option specifies a certain number of points that is awarded automatically to every test taker who attempts the question, regardless whether or not the test taker selects the correct answer.

Extra Credit. (Optional)

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 the question text into the text box provided. 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.

Add attachments.

To attach a file to the question, select the Add Attachments button to browse for and upload a file. Most multiple choice questions do not contain file attachments; 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).

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.  

Choose whether or not to require 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.  

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.

Assign to part. (Optional)

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

Assign to pool. (Optional)

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

Provide answer feedback. (Optional)

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

Select Save.

Select Save to save the question (or Cancel to exit).

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