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How do I add a new question (with the assessment builder)?

Questions can be added to a new or existing assessment with the assessment builder.

The steps in this article assume that you have already gone to the Tests & Quizzes tool and selected an assessment. For details about how to complete these steps, open the links below.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

Select Tests & Quizzes from the tool menu in your site.

Select an assessment.

Questions may be added to a new or existing assessment, or added directly to a question pool as described in How do I add a question to a question pool?

Create a new assessment.

Screenshot shows Add Assessment page.

For steps to create a new assessment, see How do I create an assessment?

Or edit an existing assessment.

  1. Select the Actions menu for the assessment.
  2. Select Edit.


  • Assessment editing must take place in the Working Copies tab or in the Published Copies tab before anyone accesses the assessment to take it.
  • Changes made to assessments in Working Copies do not affect assessments in Published Copies, and vice versa.

Add a question.

On the Questions page, use the Add Question menu to select a question type and add a question to your assessment.

Note: For more information and links to articles about adding specific types of questions, see What types of questions can I incorporate into my assessments?

Set the point value for the question.

Enter an Answer Point Value for this question.  Except for survey questions, which cannot be graded, questions may be worth any point value.  In the example pictured above, the question is worth 10 points.

Tip: An assessment's total point value is the sum of all its questions' point values (e.g., an assessment with 10 questions worth 10 points each will be worth 100 total points).

Display point value while students are taking the exam.

To Display Point Value while student is taking the exam, leave the default value of Yes.  To hide the point value, select No.

Note: To hide the point values for ALL questions in your assessment, it is recommended to select this option in the assessment Settings rather than for individual questions.

Add a minimum point value. (Optional)

For several types of questions, you may enter a Minimum Point Value to automatically award students the minimum value for answering the question incorrectly. Students who leave the answer blank will not receive the minimum point value.

Tip: You can find a list of the types of questions with this option available in What is a minimum point value?

Mark the question as extra credit. (Optional)

Select the Extra Credit checkbox to designate the question as extra credit. This option excludes the question's point value from the total score for the assessment. Students who answer an extra credit question correctly will receive extra points equal to the question's point value.

For example, if a quiz includes eleven questions, each worth 1 point, and one of the questions is extra credit, a student who answers all the questions correctly would receive 11/10 points, or 110% on the quiz.

Enter the question text.

Enter the Question Text into the Rich-Text Editor.

Add attachment(s). (Optional)

To provide additional resources related to the question or to include question text in an attached document, select Add Attachments to browse for and upload a file.

Enter answer text and/or select a correct answer.

Screenshot of a multiple choice question's editors for answer options, with correct answer C selected.

For multiple choice and true false questions, you will need to enter answer options and select the correct answer(s). Use the Rich-Text Editors to enter answer options for a multiple choice question, and the radio button or checkbox to the left of each correct answer to select it.

Assign to a part. (Optional)

If the assessment has more than one part, you may use the Assign to Part drop-down menu to choose the Part where the question will be added.

Assign to a question pool. (Optional)

To add this question to a question pool, Select a pool name from the Assign to Question Pool drop-down menu.

Adding a question to a pool places a copy of the question in the pool and leaves a copy of the question in the current assessment.  For more information on question pools, see What is a question pool?

Add feedback. (Optional)

Rich-Text Editors for adding Correct and Incorrect Answer Feedback shown on question editing screen. Graphic link opens modal with larger image. Press Escape to exit modal.

You may add Correct or Incorrect Answer Feedback which you can make available to students.

Note: If you include feedback here, you will also need to make it available to students in the Feedback Settings for students to access it.

Save your question.

When all of the question parameters are specified to your satisfaction, select Save.