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How do I create a Fill in the Blank assessment question in Gauge?

When creating an assessment, you can create a Fill in the Blank question in Gauge. Fill in the Blank questions can have multiple blank spaces and include various answer types.

Note: Fill in the Blank question stems with large amounts of column formatting, text, or tables may result in blanks that cannot be clicked by students.

Add Question

To create a question, click the Add button anywhere in the assessment.

Add Fill in the Blank Question

Add Fill in the Blank Question

Click the Add Fill in the Blank button.

Add Question Title and Stem

In the Question Title field [1], add a question title. Question titles are optional and are not visible to students.

In the Question Stem field [2], add the question stem. The question stem contains additional instructions and information for your Fill in the Blank question. You can use the Rich Content Editor to format and add content to your question stem.

Note: The question stem is not used to add blank spaces for your Fill in the Blank question.

Type Statement

To begin creating a Fill in the Blank question, type a statement in the Type a statement field.

Create Blank Space

To create a blank space, highlight a word or group of words [1]. Then click the Create Blank Space button [2] or press the Enter key.

View Blank Space

View Blank Space

View the blank space.

You can create multiple blank spaces in a single question. To create another blank space, highlight a new word or group of words.

Select Answer Type

Select Answer Type

In the Answer Type menu, select the answer type to use for a blank space [2]. Fill in the Blank answer types are Open Entry, Dropdown, or Word Bank.

Select Text Match

For Open Entry answer types, you will need to select a Text Match option from the Text Match menu. The following options are available:

  • Close Enough: Uses Levenshtein Distance to determine if the response is close enough to the correct answer. Levenshtein Distance is the number of single-character edits needed to change one word to another. You can choose to ignore case.
  • Exact Match: Requires case and spelling to match exactly.
  • Contains: Allows for the word to exist anywhere in student responses.
  • Specify Correct Answers: Specifies that each acceptable response use regular expressions for a custom match.
  • Regular Expression Match: Requires using specialized text strings that describe search patterns. Not recommended for beginners.

Select Possible Choices

Select Possible Choices

For Dropdown and Word Bank answer types, enter the answer choices in the Possible Choices fields [1]. Click the button next to the correct answer [2].

To add additional answers, click the Add Answer button [3]. To delete an answer, click the Delete icon [4].

Set Options

Set Options

To allow students to use an on-screen calculator for this question, click the Show on-screen calculator checkbox [1].

If you select this option, you can enable a basic calculator [2] or scientific calculator [3]. The basic calculator displays numbers and basic math functions (add, subtract, multiply, divide). The scientific calculator displays more options for advanced calculations.

Note: The on-screen calculator option is intended to be used while displaying one question at a time. If the assessment does not display one question at a time, students may be able to use the calculator for all questions.

Align to Outcome

To align the question to an outcome, click anywhere in the Align to Outcomes section.

Add to Item Bank

If you want to save a question to use in other assessments, you can add it to an item bank.

To add the question to an item bank, click the Add to Bank link.

Note: After a question has been added to an item bank, it can only be edited in the item bank. You can still set unique point values and options in the assessment for an item bank question.

Add Point Value

To customize the point value for the question, type the point value in the Points field [1] or use the arrows to increase or decrease the point value [2].

Save Question

Save Question

To save the question, click the Done button.