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Question Types in Blackboard

Blackboard provides a number of different question types that you may use when creating a test or survey. Follow the guides listed below to find out how to use each question type.

Calculated Formula Questions: A Calculated Formula question contains a formula, the variables of which can be set to change for each user. The variable range is created by specifying a minimum value and a maximum value for each variable. Answer sets are randomly generated.

Calculated Numeric Questions: Calculated Numeric questions require the student to enter a number as an answer to a specific question. The behaviour is similar to a fill in the blank question.

Either / Or Questions: Either / Or Questions require the student to choose from two possible answers. A choice of answers is available: Yes / No, True / False, Agree / Disagree, and Right / Wrong.

Essay Questions: Essay Questions allow text to be entered into a text box. This text is not automatically marked and will require manual marking.

File Response Questions: File Response Questions allow students to upload files to answer a question.

Fill in Multiple Blanks Questions: Fill in Multiple Blanks Questions are like fill in the blank questions, but with more than one blank. Text is entered with variables in square brackets used to mark where blanks should be. Then the variables are matched with the answers.

Fill in the Blank Questions: Fill in the Blank Questions require the student to type in a single word answer. This has to match the answer (and any varients) that you mark as correct.

Hot Spot Questions: Hot Spot Questions require the student to click on a picture in order to answer a question.

Jumbled Sentence Questions: Jumbled Sentence Questions require a student to complete a sentence, choosing words using drop down lists.

Matching Questions: Matching Questions require a student to match one value to another. This could be matching text to text, text to pictures, pictures to sound clips and so on.

Multiple Answer: Multiple Answer Questions require a student to answer a question by selecting one or more answers.

Multiple Choice: Multiple Choice Questions require a student to answer a question by selecting a single answer.

Opinion Scale / Likert Questions: Opinion Scale/Likert Questions are usually used in surveys. The respondent is asked to state their opinion based on a scale.

Ordering Questions: Ordering Questions require the student to put a number of items. This could for example be chronological or procedural.

Quiz Bowl Questions: Quiz Bowl Questions present an answer and require the student to type in the question.

Short Answer Questions: Short Answer Questions allow text to be entered into a text box. This text is not automatically marked and will require manual marking.

True / False Questions: True/False Questions require the student to choose whether something is true or false.