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Tests - Various types of questions

This page elaborates the different types of questions which could be added to a test. Each type of question has its own characteristics and applications.

For an explanation about how to add questions in a test, please visit the following page: Creating a new Test, Survey or Pool.

Various types of questions

The available types of question are explained below, in alphabetic order. The clickable titles are links which forward you to a website with a more comprehensive elaboration of the question types.

Calculated Formula

Calculated Formula questions present students with a question that requires them to make a calculation and respond with a numeric answer. The numbers in the question change with each student and are pulled from a range that you set. The correct answer is a specific value or a range of values. You may grant partial credit for answers that fall within a range. Calculated Formula questions are graded automatically.

Calculated Numeric

With Calculated Numeric questions, students are presented with a question that requires a numeric answer. The question doesn't need to be a mathematical formula. You can provide a text question that requires a numeric answer. Calculated Numeric questions resemble Fill in the Blank questions where correct answers are numbers.


In this type of question, the answer is binary, i.e. True/False, Yes/No, Agree/Disagree.


This is an open question, which requires students to type an answer in a text box. The instructor needs to grade these questions manually.

File Response

The answer to this question is a file, either a local file uploaded from the computer or a file from the content collection of the course. The grading and the rating must be done manually.

Fill in Multiple Blanks

In this type of question words are left out of a sentence or text. Up to 10 words can be omitted, and multiple different answers can be graded as correct. The grading can be either partially, per word, or for the whole exercise, once all the blanks are filled in correctly.

Fill in the Blank

A Fill in the Blank question consists of a phrase, sentence, or paragraph with a blank space where a student provides the missing word or words. The maximum number of answers you can provide for a blank is 100. These questions are graded automatically, you can choose the evaluation method for the answer:

  • Exact match

  • Contains part of the correct answer

  • Matches a pattern that you specify

Hot Spot

In this type of question, the student has to select a particular area in a picture as an answer. The instructor marks the area where this answer will be graded as correct.

Jumbled Sentence

In this type of question, a participant must fill in a blank with a word. The participant can choose from a list of multiple words, which is set by the instructor. Jumbled sentence questions are graded automatically.


In this type of question, a participant must match objects with each other. Two columns will be created, where the objects from the left column must be matched with objects from the right column. Points can be rewarded per correct link or only if all the objects are linked correct.

Multiple Answer

In this question, a participant can select multiple answers from a list of answers. Up to 20 different answer options could be added. Answers can also be graded partially.

Multiple Choice

In this type of question, a participant has to choose one answer out of several choices. Up to 20 different answer options can be added. Answers can also be graded partially.

Opinion Scale / Likert

You can use Opinion Scale/Likert questions to measure students' attitudes or reactions with a comparable scale. By default, five answer choices appear that range from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. A sixth option lets students select Not Applicable. You can change the text of the answer choices and adjust the number of answers from 2 to 100.

Opinion Scale/Likert questions are ideal for surveys. If you include the questions in a test, you must select a correct answer. If you require just an opinion, change the point value to zero so that the question doesn't affect the test total.


With Ordering questions, students select the correct order of a series of items. For example, you can give students a list of historical events and ask them to place these events in chronological order.

By default, if you allowed partial credit, students are awarded partial credit for Ordering questions if they answer part of the question correctly. For example, if the question is worth eight points and the student gives the correct order for half of the items, they receive four points.

 Ordering questions have 'complete points' and 'partial points'

Complete points:
Points are merely obtained if all the items are placed in the correct sequence. This entails that a participant receives 0 (zero) points if one item is placed incorrectly. 

Partial points:
In this case, points will be distributed if an item in the submitted sequence matches the absolute position of the correct answers.

Example of partial points:
The correct answers are:

  1. January

  2. February

  3. March

  4. April

  5. May

The answers of the student are:

  1. February

  2. March

  3. May

  4. April

  5. January

In this case, the student obtains 20% of the total points, since in both the correct answers and the submitted answers April is on position 4. Position 4 is the abosolute position of April. No points are obtained for placing March after February. The relative position is thus not important.


Quiz Bowl

In this type of question, an answer is given, and the participant must come up with the corresponding question. Quiz Bowl questions are graded automatically.

When you create a Quiz Bowl question, you provide these parts:

  • The statement that students that students can provide the question for

  • All possible interrogatives the question could begin with, such as who, what, where

  • All possible correct answer phrases, including variations in spellings, plurals, and common abbreviations

Short Answer

Short Answer questions are similar to Essay questions. Student responses aren't limited in length, but the number of rows you set for the text box help students know your expectations. The maximum number of rows is six. The grading and rating must be done by the instructor.


In this type of question, the participant must indicate whether a statement is true or false. True/false questions are graded automatically.

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