Highlight Text: Enhanced Question Type


Use the Highlight Text question type to require students to click on and select certain words, sentences, or paragraphs of text.

Question Setup

Add your question in the Question field in the Question Setup area.


Use the Rich Text Editor to apply formatting such as bold and italics, or to insert images or tables. Hover your mouse over the individual icons to view the tooltip explaining the function of each button.


The copy you add in the Question field also appears in Possible ResponsesClick the Possible Responses tab to determine how you would like to add highlight to the text.


You can choose to highlight by Paragraph, Sentence, or Word. Click Clear Highlights if you need to reset the possible responses.


Click on individual pieces of highlighted text to remove the word, sentence, or paragraph as a possible response. 

Note: Switching among Paragraph-, Sentence-, or Word-level highlighting after applying highlighting at a different level removes the existing highlighting.

Correct Answer Setup

The copy from the Question field also displays in the Correct Answer Setup area, with the text you selected in Possible Responses enabled as well. Click on a Possible Response to identify it as the correct answer.  Click on all correct Possible Responses.


Click the + button at the top of the Correct Answer Setup area to add an alternate answer that is at least partially correct.


Click into the percentage field to the right of the additional answer to determine whether it is worth partial credit and to set the percentage of possible points students can receive for this answer accordingly.


Add a number to the Maximum Selection field to specify how many elements students can select when giving an answer. Add a 0, the default value, for unlimited selections.


Choose your Scoring Type for the question after you have entered the correct responses to each blank.


Check Exact Match to require that the student respond to all blanks correctly. This option allocates 100% of the possible points for a correct response, and zero points for an incorrect one.

Check Partial Match to award points relative to the number of correct responses. If the Scoring Type is set to Partial Match, the formula for scoring the question is:

{ (Value of points in the % field / # total matches) * (# of correct responses)}  -    { (value in the Penalty Score field /# total matches) * (# of incorrect responses)}

When the question is set to Partial Match, you can optionally set a Penalty Score to deduct a percentage of the total question point value for each incorrectly matched answer.



  • Penalty divided by possible blanks = penalty per incorrect answer in percentage form.
  • The Penalty is in relation to the percentage field - it is a relative percentage, not a point value.
  • If you want the student to receive zero credit for half correct, enter 50 into penalty.
  • For example, if a student gets 2 right and 1 wrong and you want the assign a score of 33%, set the penalty to 33 and the percentage points to 100.

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.


Align Learning Objectives

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.


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 Highlight Text questions.





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