Documentation:Connect/Create an Essay Question (How To)

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Essay questions are displayed to students along with a text box where the students enter the answer. You can set a specific length or limit the number of rows possible.

All essay questions will need to be manually graded.

This document will show you how to:

  • Create an essay question
  • Enter the question text and set point value


Watch the video below on how to create an essay question:

Create a short answer 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 Essay

Enter the question text and set point value

  1. In the Question section, enter the question text
  2. (Optional) In the Answer section, enter a sample correct answer for students or evaluators to use as a reference that will be visible after students have submitted their essay answer
  3. In the Categories and Key Words section, add descriptive words for the question to make it easier to search for in future tests
  4. (Optional) Add instructor notes
  5. Click Submit
  6. The new Essay question appears at the bottom of the Test Canvas page, enter the point value of the question in the Points box in the top left corner of the question

Related Resources

  • Getting Started with Building a Test (pdf)