Cloze with Text

Create a fill in the blank style question on an Advanced Assessment.

Ethan Kelly avatar
Written by Ethan Kelly
Updated over a week ago

Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Cloze with text question.

➡️ Need help getting started with Advanced Assessment first? Click here

In Cloze with text, the student types short answers into fields within a passage of text.


Article Table of Contents:

Build the Question

If you are creating a new item, select the + Create button on the assessment builder, title the item, then select the Add New plus sign to add a question.

If you are adding to an existing item, simply select the Add New plus sign (as shown above) to add a question to the item.

Next, select the Fill in the blanks (Cloze) category from the options on the left, then select Cloze with text.

➡️ Step 1: Compose Question

  • Compose question: Type question prompt into this field.

  • You have many formatting options from the Rich Text toolbar, including changing the font size, adding tables, using math symbols, adding multimedia, and more! Click here for more information on the different functions of the Rich Text toolbar.

➡️ Step 2: Add Answer Content

  • Template markup: In this field, type or paste the passage into which the response fields will be inserted.

  • To enter the responses in the correct positions, there are two approaches:

  • Option 1: Type the passage around the existing Response fields in the template.

  • Option 2: Type or paste the passage into the field, and use the Insert Response button in the Rich Text toolbar at the appropriate positions in the text.

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

➡️ Set Correct Answers

  • Response fields: Type correct answers into fields. By default, answers will need to be exact (but are not case-sensitive, and will ignore blank spaces before or after responses) to be auto-graded properly. Misspelled or alternate words will not be awarded credit (see More options section below).

  • Alternate Answers: If alternate answers are acceptable (like synonyms, alternative spelling, or abbreviations), click the + button. Each set of alternates can be valued at different point levels (but Correct must be the highest point value). If all Alternates are equivalent, check Match all possible responses and the Correct answer or any Alternate will be awarded full credit.

➡️ Scoring

  • Point value: Enter the full point value for getting this answer correct (see More options section below)

  • Alternate answers: click the Add ( + ) button to add alternate answers

  • Match all possible responses: used in conjunction with Alternate answers (see More options section below).

  • Scoring Type:

    • Exact match (Default): All parts of the answer must be correct to be awarded credit.

    • Partial Match Per Response: Each correct answer will be awarded the full credit designated in the Set correct answer(s) field. (In this example with three answers, awarding 1 point per correct answer, adding up to as many as 3 total points).

    • Partial Match: Each correct answer will be awarded partial, proportional credit designated by the Set correct answer(s) field. (In this example with three answers, 1/3 point per correct answer, adding up to 1 total point).

Student Preview

It's highly recommended to Preview the question before adding it to the assessment. This displays the question as the students will see it and also verifies that the answers and scoring work as expected.

  • Step 1: Select the Preview button to go into Preview mode.

  • Step 2: Answer the question with the correct answers, including alternates.

    • Selecting Show Answers will present the correct answers.

  • Step 3: Verify that the auto-score correctly calculates the point value.

Here is a short clip of this question type from the student's perspective.

➡️ Want to preview the entire assessment? Click here for details.

More Options

➡️ Scoring

  • Unscored/Practice usage: Removes the point value for this question.

  • Case sensitive: Checking this box will only award credit to answers that exactly match the character capitalization as written in the Correct answer field(s)

  • Penalty points: Rather than not receiving credit for incorrect answers, an incorrect answer will instead deduct points.

➡️ Response Box Formatting

  • Adjust Maximum Characters Allowed

    • Maximum Length sets the maximum number of characters that can be entered in response boxes. The default max. character count is 15 characters. To increase this, expand the More Options menu and change the number from 15 to the desired character limit. The maximum value is 250 characters.

  • Adjust Size or Add Placeholder Text

    • If you want the response boxes to be bigger or smaller than their default, head to the Response Container section of the More Options menu. You also have the option to allow for multiple lines in the response. Students can then press the enter or return key on their computers to start a new line in their response.

  • To change the size or add a placeholder for ALL response boxes:

    • Make the changes under the Response container (global) section.

      • Adjust the width and height in their respective boxes.

      • Add placeholder text if desired.

  • To change the size or add a placeholder for INDIVIDUAL response boxes:

    • Select the blue +Add button under Response container (individual).

    • This will bring up a place to edit the settings for Response container 1 (if you need to change the settings for other response containers, use the +Add button to continue adding options for additional response containers)


The Advanced Assessment builder is created by Learnosity. For more information about this question type, review these resources:

Otus Live

Below is a video from our Otus Live series on how to create cloze questions in Otus advanced assessments.

Next Steps

Copyright © Learnosity Ltd. 2006-2022

Did this answer your question?