Essay Question


The essay question type is used for many types of assessments – assignments, projects, research papers, etc. and not just for essay or short answer exams. When you add a question and choose ‘essay’ type, you will be given the opportunity to outline the assignment, project, essay, etc., and define how you want students to submit it.

In the Question box, type the essay question, assignment, or project (depending on the use). The title is an optional field. 

add question text and title (optional)

If you want the question to be a survey type, check the survey box. There will be no correct/wrong answers and the question will be worth 0 points.  

check box to make question a survey

Choose a Submission type.

Submission options

  • Inline only means students have to submit their answer within the editor box. They can type directly in the box or copy & paste from a word-processed document.
  • Inline or attachments means students can submit their work either way, inline or as an attachment.
  • Attachments only means that students have to upload a document created in a different program, as an attachment. No textbox will be offered to them.

The Model Answer area allows you to post an example model answer or solution, optionally. If you enter a model answer, it will be seen by students when they review how they did in their assessment, if enabled in settings.

Model answer 

Other options for the question include adding hints and feedback.

If you enter Hints in authoring, students will be able to view them WHILE they are taking the test, provided that you check “show hints” in the assessment settings. If “show hints” is enabled, students will be able to click on a link and they will see the hints you offered in an overlay pop-up window. 

Show hints

The Feedback area is where you can enter additional clarification information on the concepts covered in this question. This feedback will be seen by all students when they review their submission (if enabled in settings).

Click on Done to complete the question and return to the list of questions in the pool, or click on Add Another to add this question to your pool and continue authoring more questions for the same pool.

At the bottom right corner of the question page, AT&S provides information with the unique question id, as well as information as to when and by whom the question was created and modified.   

historical info and id's


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