How do I set up Essay questions?

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

Essay questions can be added to assessments.

  1. Add the Assessment activity.
  2. Add an essay question to the activity.
  3. Follow the directions, below.


  1. Enter the question in the first field as you want it displayed to students.
  2. Enter an Example Answer that is used by graders to compare and evaluate students' answers.
  3. If you want to provide feedback, use the dropdown to choose from the following types:
    • When answer is correct
    • When answer is incorrect
    • Always
    • When condition is true; this option allows you to set up conditions beyond the three provided here. It requires you to specify a group and a condition (contact support for additional assistance).
  4. Enter the desired feedback in the field next to the speech bubble icon.
  5. Click Add question feedback to create additional feedback.
  6. This section pictures and explains the default Visual editor; select Text to create and edit questions with the advanced Text editor.


From the Properties section on the right, you can:

  • Specify the number of lines you want to provide students in the Height field.
  • Assign a Passage to this question.
  • Place the question in a specific Question group for use in a question pool.  
  • Provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance).
  • Find the unique question ID that Buzz automatically assigns.


Use the Objectives section to review and align objectives with the question:

  • Use the dropdown to limit the displayed objectives to those that are created in the Course, to those inherited from the activity's Parent folder, or to only the Selected objectives. Any selected objective remains in the list for all three settings.
  • Check the boxes next to objectives to align them with the question. This makes it possible to set up Formative and Remediation assessments.


Use the Score section to:

  • Specify how many Points the question is worth.
  • Indicate if you want the question to count as Extra credit.
  • Provide a Rubric to use for grading the question.


With the Variables section you can create a range or list of variables for use in the question.  



Check the appropriate box(es) to provide students with one or more of the following calculators to use with this question:

  • Basic
  • Standard
  • Scientific

Companion Material

Click Add in the Companion Material section to attach any supplemental documents students need to complete this question. You can do this by pointing to existing resources in the course or by uploading new files (PDFs only).

Companion Material


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