Question Type - Fill in the Blanks



Fill in the blank questions enable you to create a question where students enter missing words or phrases to complete a passage of text. Fill in the blank questions are automatically marked against the correct answers provided.

Creating a Fill in the Blanks question

There are two ways to add a fill in the blanks question.

In a blank assessment:

  1. Click Select question type.
  2. Select Fill in the blanks from the list.


Adding a new fill in the blanks question:

  1. On the Action bar, click on Add Question.
  2. Select Fill in the blanks from the list.


Once complete, you will see an empty fill in the blanks question block and can begin constructing your question.



Required fields

To set up your fill in the blanks question, you will need to complete the required fields.

To set the required fields:

  1. Click on Write your question here and enter your question. Note that the question must be at least 20 characters in length.
  2. Click on Points to set the number of points allocated to the question. Note that this cannot be zero.
  3. Enter the Required similarity %. For more information about the similarity %, please refer to the "Similarity Score" section in this article


Similarity Score

1. A similarity score is calculated by Cadmus to match a student response against accepted answers specified in the assessment.

2. Cadmus calculates a percentage of similarity that indicates the close-ness of the student response to the accepted answer.

3. Teachers can set a required similarity percentage for FITB and short answer questions. This is set to 80% by default.

4. When the required similarity is higher, student responses would need to be more exact matches to accepted answers. The minimum value for this is 50%, as anything lower is not close enough for a student response to be marked "correct".

5. All responses that match or exceed the required similarity are considered correct and auto-marked accordingly.

6. This matching is not case sensitive and works effectively up to 50 characters for FITB.


Setting the question

Wherever you need to add a blank inside the question, click on insert a blank. You will now see a numbered blank within the question. The more blanks you add, the more the number will increase. They are accompanied by a similarly numbered input fields to add the right answers under the question space. 



Setting the accepted answer

Once the required fields have been set, you must select the accepted answer to the fill in the blanks question.

To set the accepted answer:

1. Click on the input next to the number corresponding to the first blank word and type the accepted answer. Click the + button to mark the option as an accepted answer.
    1. If a accepted answer is not set, you will see an error This cannot be left empty.

2. To add another accepted answer, click the + button and repeat Step 1.
3. Repeat Steps 1 - 3 for each word in the fill in the blank.

Note that the accepted answer can only contain 50 characters.




Removing accepted answers

Once you have created your question and answer options, you may wish to remove an accepted answer from the options you have set.

To remove an accepted answer:

  1. Hover over the X next to the option, which will turn red.
  2. Click on the X next to the option.

Clicking delete for a particular blank option removes all the accepted answers for that option.



To remove a blank, press backspace / delete in the content of the question.