How do I create a Numerical Answer question?

You can create a quiz question that requires a numerical answer, such as questions for a math course.

Note: If you need help adding a mathematical formula in the Rich Content Editor, please see the Math Editor lesson.

Add Question

Add Question

With the Questions tab [1] selected inside a new quiz, click the New Question button [2].

Set Name, Type, and Points

Set Name, Type, and Points

Quiz questions are not automatically numbered for instructors. To add a custom name to your quiz question, enter the name in the question text field [1]. Custom names can help you identify quiz questions more easily. Regardless of the question name, students always see quiz questions in numerical order (i.e. Question 1, Question 2).

Click the drop-down menu and select the Numerical Answer question type [2].

Enter number of points the question is worth (quiz totals are calculated based on combined total of questions) [3].

Enter Numerical Answer Question Details

Enter Numerical Answer Question Details

To build a Numerical Answer question, you will need to enter the following details:

  1. The question text (use the Rich Content Editor to include video, images, math equations, or flash activities)
  2. Exact Answer with an error margin or Answer in the Range Question response options

Add as many correct answers as needed for the question. Delete extraneous answer options by clicking on the Delete icon [3].

Add Additional Answers

Add Additional Answers

Click the Add Another Answer link to add additional answers.

Enter Feedback Text

Enter Feedback Text

You can choose to give students feedback in the answer comments fields. To leave feedback for a specific answer, click the comment field beneath the answer [1].

You can also create general answer comments for the quiz question as a whole [2]. Students who select the correct answer will see the feedback in the green comment field. Students who select any incorrect answer will see the feedback in the red comment field. All students will see the feedback in the blue comment field.   

Each text box can be expanded in size by clicking and dragging the handle at the bottom-right of the text box.

Update Question

Update Question

Click the Update Question button.

Add additional individual questions as needed.

Student View for Numerical Answer Question

Student View for Numerical Answer Question

This is what students see when they encounter a Numerical Answer question in a quiz.

Student View for Numerical Answer Correct Answer

Student View for Numerical Answer Correct Answer

If you allow students to see the correct answers, they will see correct responses in gray [1]. If the answer was correct, the student will see a green flag [2] indicating the answer was correct.

Student View for Numerical Answer Incorrect Answer

Student View for Numerical Answer Incorrect Answer

If you allow students to see the correct answers, they will see correct responses and allowable margin error [1]. If the answer was incorrect, the student will see a red flag indicating the answer was incorrect [2].