Create an essay question

Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box, and you need to grade these questions manually.

When you create a new test, select the plus sign to open the menu and select Add Essay question.

You'll use the same process when you create questions in tests and assignments.

Student view of an essay question


Test in edit view with add question menu expanded.

The Test Content area opens where you create the Essay question. Questions have a default value of 10 points. Select the Points box to type a new value.

To help keep your test content organized, you can add files within individual questions. Make a selection from the editor's Insert Content menu, such as Insert from Cloud Storage. To edit the files you added, enter edit mode for the question.

More on adding text and files

More on cloud storage

More on editing tests and questions

Essay question with insert menu open

You can use the options in the editor to format the text.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

Align essay questions to goals

You can align goals with individual assessment questions to help your institution measure achievement. After you make the assessment available, students can view information for the goals you align with questions so they know your expectations.

Access a question's menu, select Align with goal, and select goals.

More on how to align goals with course content

Open a question's option menu and select align with goals.