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Essay Questions

Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box. You can type directly in the text box or paste a question from another application, such as a simple text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.

You grade Essay questions manually.

When creating Essay questions, you can use the math and equation editor. To learn more, see Using the Math Editor.

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How to Create an Essay Question

  1. Access a test, survey, or pool. To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the action bar, point to Create Question and click Essay.
  3. On the Create/Edit Essay Question page, type the Question Text.
  4. Optionally, type a sample Answer.
  5. Optionally, associate a rubric by clicking Add Rubric. To learn more, see Rubrics.
  6. Click Submit and Create Another -OR- Submit to add the question to the test.

Alternatives to Essay Questions

Other question types that allow student input include:

Related Tutorials    video  Creating an Essay Question (Flash video | 2m)