How Do I Create a Numerical Answer Quiz 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


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


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 Question Details


Type your question into the Rich Content Editor question box. You can also use the Rich Content Editor to include video, images, math equations, or flash activities.


Enter Numerical Answers


In the Answers drop-down menu, select one of two answer formats:

Exact answer [1]: Enter the exact answer with the exact error margin allowed. For example, if the answer were 2.12 with a 0.01 margin of error, the quiz accepts any response between 2.11 and 2.13 (inclusively). By default, the margin is 0.

Answer in the Range [2]: Enter the range of answers that can be accepted as correct, such as answers between 8 and 10.

To delete an answer, click the Delete icon [3]. To add another answer, click the Add Answer link [4].


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.   


Update Question

Click to Create Question.


If you are editing an existing question, instead click the Update Question button.

Add additional individual questions as needed.

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