Create a new question (with the assessment builder)

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Questions can be added to a new or existing assessment with the assessment builder.

In general, the instructor clicks "Add," chooses a question type, and supplies the parts that are called for by that question type. This article covers the general settings common to most question types. For additional information on specific questions types, please refer to the individual articles for the appropriate question type.

Go to Tests & Quizzes

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Select the Tests & Quizzes tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Select an assessment

Questions may be added to any assessment. Select an existing assessment or create a new one.

Note: You may also add a question directly to a question pool.

Create a New Assessment

Click Add

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For more information on creating new assessments, see Create an assessment.

Or edit an existing assessment

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Insert a question of the desired question type

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Select the type of question you would like to add from the Add Question drop-down menu.

Note: For more information about a specific question type, please refer to the individual help article for adding that type of question.

Set the point value for the question

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Enter the point value for this question. Questions may be worth any point value you choose.

Tip: Keep in mind that the point value of all the questions in the assessment will equal the point value of the assessment in the Gradebook. So, if you want your assessment to be worth a total of 100 points, you should assign point values to your questions accordingly.

Display points?

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Do you want students to see the point value as they are taking the test? If so, leave the default setting of Yes. If you prefer that students do not see the point value for the question, select No.

Enter the question text

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Enter the text of your question into the text box provided. You may also click on the Show All Rich-Text Editors link in the top right corner of the text box to load the WYSIWYG html editor. The rich text editor allows you to format your question text and/or add images, links, or other resources.

Note: This section will vary depending on the type of question you are adding.

Add attachments

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If you would like to attach a file to the question, you may click on the Add Attachments button to browse for and upload a file. Most multiple choice questions do not contain file attachments; however, in some cases you may want to provide students with a file in order to answer the question. For example, you could attach an audio file, a reference document, or other resource.

Choose whether or not to randomize answers (for multiple choice)

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The default setting is No for randomizing answers. If you would like the answer choices to appear in a random order each time a student takes the assessment, select Yes.

Tip: Remember that if you answer choices contain items like "all of the above" or "A and B are correct" randomizing the order could cause confusion with the answer key.

Choose whether or not to require rationale

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The default setting is No for requiring rationale. If you want students to write an explanation for why they chose a particular response, select Yes.

Assign to part (Optional)

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If you have multiple parts in your assessment, you may assign the question to a different part.

Assign to pool (Optional)

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If you have an existing question pool and would like to copy this question to the pool, select the pool name here.

Provide answer feedback (Optional)

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If you would like to provide feedback for students based on if they answer the question correctly or incorrectly, enter your feedback here.

Save your question

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Once you have entered all of your question information, click Save to return to the edit assessment screen.

More questions about the Tests and Quizzes tool?

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This page is adapted from an equivalent Sakai Community help article.

The original Sakai Community help article, unedited, is available at