Documentation:Connect/Create a Fill-in-the-Blank Test Question (How To)

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Fill-in-the-black questions are presented to students as a sentence containing a blank space, which they need to fill with an answer.

Answers are not case-sensitive but are evaluated on an exact text match. You will be able to add multiple answers for the fill-in-the-blank question to allow for spelling differentiation.

This document will show you how to:

  • Create a fill in the blank question
  • Enter question text, answers, and feedback


Watch the video below on how to create a fill-in-the-blank test question:

Create a fill-in-the-blank question

  1. From the Course Management menu on the left-hand side, select the Control Panel
  2. Under Course Tools, click Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  3. Click Test
    Tests, Surveys, and Pools link is found under Course Tools in the Course Management menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. Edit an existing test by clicking the face-down arrow beside a test's name when you hover over it
    Note: You can also create a new test clicking Build Test at the top of the page
  5. Click Edit
    The Edit button can be accessed by hovering over a test's name and clicking the face-down arrow.
  6. Click Create Question at the top of the page
  7. Click Fill in the Blank

Enter question text and answers

  1. In the 1. Question section, enter the question with a blank space where the answer will be filled in by the student.
  2. In the 2. Answers section, select the Number of Answers possible for the question
  3. Enter the possible answers in each text box displayed. Because answers are based on an exact text match, you can add similar answers that are spelled differently.
  4. In the 3. Feedback' section, you can enter feedback to be displayed for both correct and incorrect answers.
  5. In the 4. Categories and Key Words section, add descriptive words for the question to make it easier to search for in future tests.
  6. In the 5. Instructor Notes section, add notes for yourself such as your objective for the question or thoughts for future revisions.
  7. Click Submit at the top or bottom of the page
  8. The new fill-in-the-blank question appears at the bottom of the Test Canvas page, change the point value of the question in the Points box in the top-left corner of the question.
    You can change the point value of a question by going to the Points box in the top-left corner of the question.

Related Resources

  • Getting Started with Building a Test (pdf)