Cloze with Drop Down Question for Advanced Assessments

The Cloze with drop down question type allows students to select the correct answer from a response drop down menu within text or passages.

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Written by Brooke Fodor
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Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Cloze with drop down question.

In a Cloze with drop down question, the students select an option from a drop down that the teacher has provided.


💡 Tip: Cloze Drop Down is great for all subject types, not just ELA, as seen above!

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 (Cloze) category from the options on the left, then select Cloze with drop down.

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.

Build the Drop Down

This is where you type the text that will include the blanks for students to choose the drop down from

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

Add Answer Content

  • In the Possible responses section, enter the response options for each drop down menu. Each response section has fields where the possible responses for each drop down menu should be entered. To add a new option to a drop down box, click on the +Add button.

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

  • Insert the value you wish into the Point(s) box. The default value is 1.

  • Select the correct response for each drop down box.

Alternate Answers

  • If there is more than one correct answer for any drop down, you can set those using the blue + button as shown below.

Scoring Type

Exact Match

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.

💡 Tip: Click here to learn more about scoring type options.

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 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.

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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