Editing Short Answer and Essay Questions
Short answer and essay questions have the same layout for question and answer, but you can
use the two question types to distinguish free-response questions, such as fill-in-the-blank or
completion, from longer questions and answers that ask the student to explain, compare,
contrast, or describe.
Short Answer Questions
The short answer (SA) question type is often used for fill-in or completion questions, or when the
question can be answered with a short phrase or sentence. However, it is a free-form format and
the question and answer can contain any type of content.
Short answer questions include an optional instruction field, a question field, and an answer field.
Simply click in any of the visible fields and type or edit as needed.
You can display the answer field and selected descriptors if you select "Preferences > Testbank"
from the Tools menu, click the Descriptors tab, and mark the items you want to display. To add or
edit shared instructions or edit additional fields or shared descriptors, click the Show Properties
button at the bottom of the testbank editing window.
Adding Evaluated Answers
Since some types of short answer questions can be used for plug-in tests, they are eligible to
have evaluated answers, or multiple forms of correct answers. A green evaluated answer icon [E]
next to the correct answer indicates that multiple answers have been defined.
To add or view alternate correct answers, select the answer and then select "Evaluated Answer
Editor" from the Tools menu. Instructions for using the Evaluated Answer Editor are given in a
separate section of Help.
Answer Blanks for Short Answers
When a short answer question needs longer answer blanks or multiple answer lines for lettered
parts of the question, select "Change Answer Blank" from the Question menu. A dialog opens for
you to select the answer blank width and the number of answer blanks.