Fill in the Blank Dropdown: Standard Question Type

Use the Fill in the Blank Dropdown question type to create a specific list of options that will appear to students when they are attempting to fill in a specific blank. Students select the correct answer from a dropdown for each blank.

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 (_) or click the Insert Response button in the stimulus toolbar. Each underscore corresponds to an answer blank under Correct Answer Setup. Add additional underscores to have multiple blanks in the question.

Click +Option to 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 dropdown menu Repeat this process for each blank response in the question.


Correct Answer Setup & Scoring Options

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


If your question has more than one blank, choose the 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(s) 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)}

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 to 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 the karat beside Additional Setup Options to activate placeholder text for the top answer choice in each response’s list.


To add Placeholder Text  to all responses, enter the text into the All Responses textbox. Click + Add to add Placeholder Text to individual responses lists.






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 Fill in the Blank Dropdown questions.



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