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Cloze Chemistry Question for Advanced Assessments
Cloze Chemistry Question for Advanced Assessments

Allows students to enter chemical formulas into empty response boxes, which may form part of an equation, or appear in the middle of text.

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Written by Monica Burke
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Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Cloze Math question.

In the Cloze Chemistry question, the student enters a response into one or more response boxes using the Chemistry Keypad.


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 Chemistry category from the options on the left, then select Cloze Chemistry.

Compose the 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.

Add Answer Content

  • Formula template: type the content involved with the answer of the question.

  • The response box represents the space where students will type their answer.

  • You have the same Rich Text toolbar from the Compose question section, with addition of the response box button. The response box button will add additional response boxes to your question.

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

Set Correct Answers

Step 1: Determine how many points the question will be worth.

Step 2: Expand the Response 1 menu, then selecting the blue +Add button.

Step 3: Type the correct answer into the Value section.

  • Is there more than one correct answer? Add alternate answers by selecting the blue + button shown here.


Step 4: Choose a scoring method.

  • equivLiteral is most commonly used for this question type. See below for more details.

  • equivLiteral: only accepts a response that is mathematically equivalent to the correct answer AND is given in the same form.

  • equivValue: compares numerical values that may be represented in different ways, such as units of measurement. It is most often not necessary to use equivValue for Cloze Chemistry questions.

Note - equivSymbolic is not a scoring method used in Cloze Chemistry.

Step 5: Repeat the process for additional response boxes:

  • Each additional response box will have its own scoring section; select each section to expand and set the scoring.

Step 6: Choose the Scoring type.

  • The scoring type refers to how the question is to be graded as a whole. This is especially important if you have more than one response box in the question.

  • In the example above, the point(s) has been set to 1, and there are three responses required (1, 3, and 2 are the correct answers). Let's use that example to describe the options for scoring types:

Exact Match: the entire question must be answered correctly to receive the point(s).

  • In this example, the student must answer with 1, 3, AND 2 to receive 1 point.

Partial Match per Response: each response is scored independently, and each is worth the number of points indicated in the point(s) field.

  • In this example, choosing this option will make this question worth three points; the student will earn one point for answering 1, one point for answering 3, and one point for answering 2, for a total of three points.

Partial Match: similar to partial match per response, each response is scored independently, but the point value indicated in the point(s) field is evenly split among the responses.

  • In this example, since the point value is set to 1, and there are 3 responses, each response is worth 0.33 points (1 point divided by 3 answers); the student will earn 0.33 points for answering 1, 0.33 points for answering 3, and 0.33 points for answering 2, for a total of 1 point.

Student Preview

It's highly recommended to Preview the question as you are building it in the item. 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, layout, and keypad options available.


Click to see other scoring options, such as penalty points, check answers, accepting a range of answers, and more.

  • 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

  • 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 how to change the size of the response boxes.

  • In the Width (px) and Height (px) fields, you can adjust the size of the response box. The default size is about 20px, so you can use that as your guide.

Here are some examples:

Do you have multiple response boxes you want to make different sizes? select the + Add button under Response Containers (individual); that will give you the option to change make each response box a different size.

There are several different keypads to choose from, as well as placements of the keypad. For more information, check out this article.

Learnosity Resources

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

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

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