Short Answer/Essay: Standard Question Type


Use the Short Answer/Essay question type to ask questions requiring students to provide a written response. Students can also include images, links, and other supporting materials in their responses.

Question Setup

Write your question or writing prompt in the Question Setup field.


The Rich Text Editor appears when your click your cursor into the Question Setup field. Hover your mouse over the individual icons to view the tooltip explaining the function of each button.


Enable rich text options in the Formatting Options for Students areaBy default, students are permitted to include bolded, italicized, underlined, or bulleted text in their responses.


Add additional options by clicking +Add and selecting from the drop-down menu.



Remove a rich text option by clicking the x next to it.


Enter a word limit for student responses in the Maximum length (words) field and determine whether to allow submissions over the word limit or not.


Enter instructions into the Placeholder text for students to display a text string that will be the default in the answer box when the student sees the question.  For example, "Type your answer here."


Enter Author Notes to explain why certain choices are incorrect, or why you chose to allocate a certain percentage of possible points to alternate answers. If you have edit access to a question, you will see this field. This information will not display to students.


If you are creating a Short Answer/Essay question in AMP, you will have access to a Scoring Instructions field. An instructor will be able to access this field while he/she is scoring a student’s submission.

Align Learning Objectives or Rubrics

Click Learning Objectives to open the Learning Objectives browser window.


Click Browse/Search to find and add specific objectives.

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Click Manage for objectives already aligned to the question.


Click Align Rubric to create a new rubric, or to add one from your Resources.


Once a rubric has been aligned, click the x next to it to remove it. Check the Show to students box to display the rubric to students when they are taking the test.


To see how the question will appear to a student taking it in an assessment, click Preview Question.


To exit the preview screen and return to the question editor, click Edit Question.


Once you are finished editing the question, click Save.


Review this video for guidance on the basics of creating Short Answer/Essay questions.



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