A Fill in the Blank question consists of a text string containing blank spaces where candidates can provide the missing words.
This article explains how to create a basic Fill in the Blank question in Surpass, including details on how to add alternative answers, enable case sensitivity, and set up absolute marking.
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1. Choose your item type
In your subject, select Create New Item to open the Question Types menu. Choose Fill in the Blank to create a blank Fill in the Blank item and go to the Edit screen.
2. Name your item
Enter the item’s name in the Name field.
3. Enter your instruction text
By default, a Fill in the Blank item’s question stem is filled with ‘Read the following text and fill in the missing words’. You can change this if necessary. Select Add Text Area to add an additional question stem. You can have a maximum of five question stems per item.
Open Additional Options to add source material or assistive media to your question stem. In mixed subjects, you can also add a table to your question stem (in HTML subjects, tables can be added using the formatting toolbar).
4. Add your question and answer text
Enter the complete text in the answer field.
5. Add your answers
Highlight the word (or words) you want candidates to provide and select Create Blank. This adds the word(s) to Correct Answer(s), where you can make any necessary edits. To remove an answer, select Delete .
Adding alternative answers
You can add additional acceptable answers to each blank.
Select Add Alternative to add another accepted answer to the selected answer box. Select Delete to remove an alternative answer.
Enabling case sensitivity
You can set up your item to require candidates to match the capitalisation of your answer(s).
To enable case sensitivity, select Require answer(s) to be case-sensitive.
Enabling absolute marking
You can set up your item to only award marks to candidates that give all the correct answers.
Select Only award mark if candidate answers all blanks correctly to enable absolute marking for this item.
6. Set the question’s marks
Set the item’s total marks in the Mark field.
7. Select a workflow status
8. Preview your question
To see your item from a candidate’s perspective, select Preview .
You can check your item’s marking behaviour in the Preview screen. Enter answers to update the Mark field.
If you need to continue working on the item, select Edit to return to the Edit screen.
9. Saving and closing your item
Select Save to save your item to your subject.
To see additional saving options, use the Save arrow to open the Save Options menu. Select Save & Close to save the item and return to the Subjects screen. Select Save & New to save the item and create another Fill in the Blank item.
Select Close to leave the Edit screen. If you have unsaved changes, you are prompted to either save or discard them.
You can do much more with Fill in the Blank items in Surpass. For more information, read the following articles: