Advanced Assessment Question: Short Text
Students compose a short typed response which can be auto-scored
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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 Short text question.

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

In Short text, the student types a short answer (default is 50 characters or fewer) into a field. This item can be auto-scored.


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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 Written & Recorded category from the options on the left, then select Short Text.

➡️ 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.

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

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

  • Allow:

    • Exact match (default): Response needs to match the text in the Value field exactly (but are not case-sensitive, and will ignore blank spaces before or after responses by default) to be auto-graded for full credit. Misspelled or alternate words will not be awarded credit (see More options section below for more customization options).

    • Any text containing: Response needs to contain the word(s) entered into the Value field.

      • Note: Single-word (or number) responses are the simplest use case here.

        • For example, if "Kennedy" is entered in the Value field, "Kennedy," "John Kennedy," or "John F Kennedy" is marked correct.

      • Note: If multiple words are added to the Value field with Any text containing, the words must be contiguous in the student's response.

        • For example: if "John Kennedy" were entered in the Value field, "President John Kennedy" is correct, but "John F Kennedy" is incorrect.

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

    • For example, "JFK" could be added as an alternate answer.

    • Note: By default, Alternate answers receive full credit. The point value can be decreased (to 0.5, for instance), but cannot be increased to a higher value than the Correct answer.

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

  • Penalty point(s): Students will lose points for incorrect answers (default is 0)

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

  • Ignore leading and trailing spaces: If disabled, extra spaces before or after the student's response will mark the answer incorrect

  • Enable auto-scoring: If disabled, the question must be scored manually

  • Character limit: Default is 50. Maximum is 250.

  • Minimum score if attempted: Students 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)


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

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