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Essay Questions

Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. Tests are always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

Create an Essay question

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about creating essay questions.

Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box, and you need to grade these questions manually.

  1. Access a test, survey, or pool. From the Create Question menu, select Essay.
  2. On the Create/Edit Essay Question page, type the Question Text. You can type directly in the editor or paste a question from another application, such as Notepad or TextEdit. You can use the math editor when you create Essay questions.
  3. Optionally, type a sample answer.
  4. Optionally, associate a rubric.
  5. Select Submit and Create Another or Submit to add the question to the test.

ULTRA: Create an Essay question

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating essay questions.

Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box, and you need to grade these questions manually.

When you create a new test, select Add Question to open the Add Question panel and select Essay.

The Test Content area opens where you type the Essay question. Questions have a default value of 10 points. Select the points box to type a new value.

You can use the functions in the editor to format the text.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

To help keep your test content organized, you can add files within individual questions. Point your cursor to the space below the question text. Select the plus sign to add more text, upload a file from your computer, or choose a file from your OneDrive. To edit the files you added, enter edit mode for the question.


ULTRA: Add, edit, and delete questions

After you add the first question, select the plus sign wherever you want to add another question, type text, or upload a file. You can add as many text blocks and files as you want.

More on adding text and files

Students see the content just as you see it, without the editing options.

To change the value of an existing question, select the score pill and type a new value. You can also select the More options icon to access the question options and select Edit or Delete. You can also select a question to enable edit mode.

You can edit the text of any question, even after students have made submissions. After submissions exist, you can't add new questions, delete any question, edit the values, or change the correct answers.

Enter edit mode to edit the files you previously added to the question, or to add more. The More options icon appears next to any files you added to the question. Select Edit to choose to display the file as an attachment or inline if your browser allows, and to add alternative text to improve accessibility. Select Delete to remove the file from the question.

You can align goals with individual test questions to help your institution measure achievement. Select the More options icon next to the question, and select Align with Goal. After you make the test available, students can view information for the goals you align with tests and questions so that they know your expectations.

More on how to align goals with course content