Fill in the Blank Dropdown: AMP Standard Question Type

Use the Fill in the Blank Dropdown question type to enable students to fill in empty response boxes in a question by selecting the correct answer from a predefined dropdown list.

Question Set Up

Enter your question into the Question Setup field. Use the Rich Text Editor which appears when you click into the field 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.

To generate a blank when creating this type of question, type one underscore into the textbox (_). Each underscore corresponds to an answer blank under Correct Answer Setup. Add additional underscores to have multiple blanks in the question.

Correct Answer Setup & Scoring Options

Enter an option you want to appear in the dropdown menu for the first blank in Response 1. Click Option to add additional choices in the menu. Repeat this process for each blank response in the question.

Select the correct term in the menus in the Correct Answer Setup field.

If your question has more than one blank, 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 percent of the possible points for correctly responding to each blank, and zero points if the student responds to one or more blank incorrectly.

Check Partial Match to award points relative to the number of blanks the student responds to correctly. If the Scoring Type is set to Partial Match, the formula for scoring the question is:

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

Click the + button at the top of the Correct Answer Setup area to enable an additional set of acceptable responses to the blanks in the question. Click into the percentage field to the right of the additional answer to determine whether the alternate answer is worth partial credit and to set the percentage of possible points students can receive for this answer accordingly.

Click Show Settings to enable a character limit and to make the correct answer case-sensitive.

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. Author notes only display to those who have permission to access that question’s authoring view. This information does not currently display at any time to instructors or students in the course, or to anyone reviewing Managed Assessment results reports.

Align Learning Objectives

Click Learning Objectives to open the Learning Objectives browser window. Click Browse/Search to find and add specific objectives, or click Manage for objectives already aligned to the question.

Once you are finished editing the question, click Save. 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.

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