Fill-in-the-Blank Question


In the Question box, type your statement. The title is an optional field.

Include brackets { } around the word or words you want students to fill in. If you need assistance and examples on how to accept more than one correct answer in a blank, how to handle wildcards, etc., click the View Instructions link located below the question box. (see screen shot above).  

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

Fill-In-The-Blank Question Options

Two answer types are supported: Textual or numeric. The default answer type is ‘textual’. 

answer types for fillin 

If your fill-in-the-blank answer key is only one word, and you would prefer to not accept answers that are more than one word, check “Allow only one word per blank” under the settings of a particular fill-in-the-blank question. This gives you the flexibility to have fill-in-the-blank questions where you allow more than one word, and others where you inform students of your one-word expectation. 

one word only in fillin

If you check the “Allow only one word per blank” box, students will get a clear alert about your requirement. However, they will not be stopped from submitting more than one word in a blank.

alert if more than 1 word is added

Check the Case Sensitive box, if case sensitivity is required. If multiple answers can be entered by students in any order, check the “Any Order” check box.

Fillin case and order

By default, fill-in-the-blank questions are scored automatically. Etudes will look at your answer key and will auto-score these questions for you. However, if you would prefer to grade fill-in-the-blank questions manually, you can now select “manual” scoring under the settings of a particular fill-in-the-blank question. If you check ‘manual’ scoring for a fill-in-the-blank question, it will be treated like an essay question, and it will not be auto-scored. Further, you will get an ‘ungraded’ icon for assessments that include new, ungraded responses to such questions that requires your scoring. 

scoring options

You may select the size of the blanks in a fill-in-the-blank question. The default is small. This setting is beneficial when some of the expected answers may require more space to enter the information. Having all blanks be the same size within a fill-in-the-blank question is important so that students don’t focus on guessing the answer based on the size of a blank. 

size of blank

Other options for the question include checking reason and adding hints and feedback.

reason, hints, and feedback

If you check the Reason box, students will have a place where they justify their answer. Note that this will have no effect on their score unless you review their rationale for answer and manually adjust their point total.

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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