Warning: Due to the short word limit, it is recommended that you use an Essay question type instead. 


Questions can be added to a test (refer Create a Test guide) or pool (refer Create a Pool guide).

Short answer questions are marked in Grade Centre, therefore students cannot receive a final mark for test until the instructor marked questions have been graded.

Example question

Explain why you agree or disagree with the following statement:

You lose body heat fastest through your head.

Select question type

  1. Click on the Create Question button.
  2. Select Short Answer from the dropdown list.

create question


  1. Enter a title for the question in the Question Title textbox.
  2. Enter the question in the Question Text textbox.
  3. Optionally, to add an image within the Question Text textbox, refer to the Insert an Image using the Text Editor guide.

Question setup with question title and the question text box circled


  1. Select the number of rows from the Set the number of rows that will display in the answer field drop down list.
  2. Optionally, provide a model response in the Answer Text textbox.

Answer setup with the set number of rows that will display drop down box circled


  1. If required, click on the Add Rubric button. Refer to the Rubric tool page for instructions on how to set up a rubric.

Rubrics section with the add rubrics button circled

Categories and Keywords (optional)

Adding categories and keywords to questions allows you to search your tests and pools for questions by topic, category, level of difficulty or keyword.

Add a new topic/category/level of difficulty/keyword:

  1. Click on the Add button.
  2. Enter a word in the Add Tag textbox. 
  3. Click on the OK button to submit.

add new category

Add an existing topic/category/level of difficulty/keyword:

    1. Click on the Add button.
    2. Click on the Choose from Existing button.
    3. Select a word from the dropdown list.

    add existing category

    Tip: Click on the (x) button to delete a topic/category/level of difficulty/keyword.

    Instructor Notes (optional)

    1. Enter any notes for the marker in the Instructor Notes textbox.

    Note: Instructor notes cannot be viewed by students.

    Instructor notes with text box circled


    1. Click on the Submit button.
    2. The question will then be added to your test.

    View of newly created short answer question.