Data & AssessmentAssessments Advanced Assessment FeaturesCustomizing Question Types (Rubric, Points, etc.) and Building Answer Sheets

Customizing Question Types (Rubric, Points, etc.) and Building Answer Sheets

You may opt to alter the question types on your assessment. For example, you might want to use rubric scoring or weight questions. Another variation might be to use alternating multiple choice or true/false type answer choices.

See the Create a Manual Assessment lesson first if you do not know how to create an assessment. This lesson covers what to do on the Questions tab of the assessment you create (e.g., change a question type to rubric and assign different point values to questions) and how to create the associated answer sheet.

Please note, these practices are not available for Itembank Assessments.

Where to Start

Where to Start

1. Click Assessments.

2. Under General, click List Assessments. Once on the list, click on the title of the test you would like to edit.

Enter Question Information

Enter Question Information

Click the Setup tab, then select Questions.

In addition to entering answers for your questions (in the Correct column), note the other things you may now do (as long as you have not yet added versions or data to your test):

1. Alter point values for particular questions.

2. Check the Rubric box if you want to weight each bubble according to a rubric, then add the max value correct and points according to steps #3 and #4.

3. If you have checked the Rubric box, you must add the max value to the Correct column. For example, if you will use a 1-5 point rubric for a question, you would enter 5.

4. If you are using a rubric, usually you want your points to match your max value. For example, if you want your 1-5 point rubric to count as 1 point if 1 is bubbled, 2 points if 2 is bubbled, etc., then you would enter 5 in the Points column. (Note: If the rubric needs to reflect a 0, this can be done in Sheet Designer.)

However, you may weight a rubric question. For example, if you want to use a 1-5 point rubric  but want the question to be worth 10 points, you could keep 5 in the Correct column but enter 10 in the Points column, so that a student earns 2 points if 1 is bubbled, 4 points if 2 is bubbled, etc.

5. Mark Advanced to use custom point values, i.e. A:4, B:3, C:2, etc.

6. Note that it's not too late to delete any questions at this stage. To do this, simply hover to the left of the question and click the trash can icon that appears.

7. Check the Extra Credit box if you want the question to be extra credit. The total percentage may be over 100% since the number of points a student receives may be over the maximum points possible of the actual test. For example, a student may receive 21/20 points for a twenty question test (1 point per question) and an extra credit question worth 1 point. In this case if a student got all answers correct plus full credit for the extra credit question, he or she would receive a 105%.

8. Click Save when finished.

Make the Answer Sheet match via the Sheet Designer

Make the Answer Sheet match via the Sheet Designer

Your answer sheet must match the questions you have entered in the Questions tab.  To do this, click Setup, then, Sheet Designer.  

Note: You must have the permission 'Can Edit' to see the Advanced tab.  Either the assessment creator gives you this permission or by default, you have it as the author of the assessment.

This must be done before you add versions or data to your test.

Change the number of responses

Change the number of responses

You have the ability to change the number of responses on your answer sheet. Click on 'Change number of responses'.

You will be given a drop down menu with selection choices. Click 4, 5, or 9 and press Apply.

The changes will be reflected immediately in your sheet designer.

Change Multiple Answer Choices at One Time

You can change answer choices for multiple questions at one time.

1. Checkmark the questions to change. Use the Update Selected Questions to enter your new choices.

2. To change the Question Label, checkmark Label. You have three options:

  • Put in Front: enter any alphanumeric character you want to show before the question number.
  • Start at: enter the question number you want to display as the first number of your check marked questions. For example, you may want    questions 4-6 to be labeled W1, W2, W3 instead of W4, W5, W6.
  • Put After: enter any alphanumeric character you want to show after the question number.

3. To change the answer choices, checkmark Responses. To use alternate answer choices, checkmark Alternate. Enter your answer choices in the boxes (4).

5. Click Apply when you are finished. Repeat this process as many times as needed.

The Sheet Designer will show your changes.

Change Individual Questions

1. Change Question Label. This is how the question number is displayed on the answer sheet.  An extra credit/advanced question may be shown as 'Adv.' on the answer sheet.

2. If you don't want to use all 5 bubbles available for a question, leave extras blank so that the bubble appears empty on the answer sheet.

Note: In this example, 5 is the maximum number of bubbles allowed.

3. Feel free to change characters (e.g., to Y and N for Yes/No, T and F for True/False, numbers for rubric-based items, etc.). The characters you include here will appear on the answer sheet just as you type them. Note that only one character is allowed per bubble.

4. If you indicated a rubric-based question on the Questions tab, you will see numbers already inserted for that particular question.

Note: Any rubrics you opt to use and any non-ABCDE answers you opt to use must match your sheet design. In other words, if you designated an answer other than A-E, you must change your sheet design so that your answer is an option on the sheet. When entering values, note that the system is not case sensitive.  When you save your work, all values will become capitalized.

You cannot change the sheet designer for questions on an itembank assessment.

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