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Cloze with Drag and Drop Question for Advanced Assessments
Cloze with Drag and Drop Question for Advanced Assessments

In the Cloze with Drag & Drop question, students drag their responses from a list of options set by the author into empty response boxes.

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Written by Monica Burke
Updated over a week ago

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

The Cloze with Drag and Drop question allows students to drag items (words, phrases, numbers, or pictures) and place them into the correct blanks.


💡 Tip: Interested in putting drag and drop boxes onto an image? Click the button below.

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 Blank category from the options on the left, then select Cloze with Drag and Drop.

There are three steps to building this question. See details on each step below:

Compose Question

  • Type the stem of the question in 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.

Build the Drag and Drop

This is where you type the text that will include the blanks for students to drag and drop responses into.

  • A response box indicates where a blank box will be placed within the text.

  • To add a response box, select the response box button in the Rich Text toolbar (shown above).

Student preview of the above:

Create the Possible Responses

  • List the options you would like your students to drag and drop into the response boxes (you can have more options than response boxes, and vice versa).

  • To add additional response, select the blue + ADD button in the bottom-left corner.

  • To reorder the responses, click and drag the reorder button to the left of the response.

  • To delete a response, select the trash can icon.

  • You have the same options from the Rich Text toolbar here as well; you can use pictures, numbers, or math symbols in the responses.

  • The options will appear at the bottom by default. To see how to change their positioning, scroll down to the More Options section of this article.

Group Possible Responses (optional)

This option allows you to group the responses together. Once you click this option, you can add the titles of the groups and begin adding responses that belong in that group. See below for an example.

Student preview of the above:

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

Set Correct Answers

Drag and drop the correct responses into each blank to set the correct answers.

  • Duplicate Responses: check this option if a response can be used more than once.

  • Show Drag Handle: check this option if you'd like the drag handle to appear with each possible response

  • Match All Possible Responses: use this option to specify more than one valid response for a given response option. Click here for more information.

Additional Correct Answers / Alternate Answers

Click to see how to enter more than one correct answer.

  • If alternate answers are acceptable, 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.

Set the Scoring

Choose how many points you'd like the question to be worth.

If you have auto-scoring enabled, you'll have to choose Exact Match, Partial Match per Response, or Partial Match. Using the example above, here is a description of how each will work:

Exact Match

The entire question must be answered correctly to receive the point(s).

  • In this example, students will need to place all four responses correctly in order to earn the full point.

Partial Match per Response

Each response box is scored independently, and each is worth the number of points indicated in the point(s) field.

  • In this example, each correct response box would be worth 1 point, making the entire question worth 4 points total. For example, if the student correctly places 2 out of the 4, the student will earn 2/4 points.

Partial Match

Similar to partial match per response, each response box is scored independently, but the point value indicated in the point(s) field is evenly split among the number of options.

  • In this example, each correct response box will earn 0.25 of a point. For example, if the student correctly places 3 out of the 4, the student will earn 0.75/1 point.

💡 Tip: For details on the other optional scoring settings, such as penalty points, see the More Options section below.

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.

Click to see a short clip of this question type from the student's perspective.

More Options

There are other scoring and layout options available.


Click to see other scoring options, such as checking answers and minimum scores.

  • Unscored/Practice usage: removes all scoring from the item.

  • Check answer button & Check answer attempts: find more information here!

  • Penalty points: use this option if you want students to lose points for giving incorrect answers. Find more information here!

  • Minimum score if attempted: student will receive points as long as the question has been attempted (if the question is left blank or is unanswered, the student will not earn those points).


Click to see response container position options.

  • Response container position: the default is to have the possible responses on the bottom. You can change the layout to position them on the top, right, or left.

Click to see response container size options.

  • Change the size of the response containers: In the Width (px) and Height (px) fields, you can adjust the size of the response boxes. If you want each response box to have a different size, select the +Add button in the bottom-left corner.

Click to see font size options.

  • Change the font size: In the Font size dropdown menu, you can change the font size of all components of the question to small, normal, large, extra large, or huge.


Click to see "Extras".

At the very bottom of the More Options menu, you will see "Extras". These options are not applicable to Otus assessments - they do not have any impact on the questions or the assessment.

Otus Live Video

Click to see a video from our Otus Live series on how to add Drag and Drop questions to an Advanced Assessment.

Learnosity Resources

Click to see a video tutorial on how to create this question type from Learnosity.

You can also read more about this question type on Learnosity's Author Guide.

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