How do I set up Essay questions?

Ryan Richins
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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.

Question content

  1. Specify how many Points the question is worth.
  2. Enter the question as you want it displayed to students.
  3. Enter an Example Answer that is used by graders to compare and evaluate students' answers.
  1. This section pictures and explains the default visual editor; enable the Text editor to create and edit questions with the advanced Text editor.


Click Add feedback to create various types of feedback. Choose the feedback type from the dropdown and enter the desired content in the field below. You can choose:

  1. Feedback for When answer is correct.
  2. Feedback for When answer is incorrect.
  3. Feedback that is Always delivered.
  4. Custom feedback for questions from specific Groups and/or when a specific Condition is met. This option allows you to set up conditions (contact support for additional assistance).


To manage the question's Interaction:

  • Specify the number of lines you want to provide students in the Height field.
  • If one or more passages have been included in the activity, you can select one to attach to this question from the Include passage dropdown.
  • Provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance).


Add the question to an existing Group with the associated ID, or create a new one. Groups allow you to vary settings for different questions.

Learn more: How do I vary attempt limits by question?

Objective mastery

Click Choose objective in the Objective mastery card to review and align the question with objective(s). Once you've clicked it, you can:

  1. Use the Filter field to search for specific objectives.
  2. 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 card to:

  1. Indicate if you want the question to count as Extra credit.
  2. 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, and/or Scientific). This can also be specified for the entire activity with the Assessment activity editor.

Companion Material

Click Add material in Companion Material to attach any supplemental documents students need to complete this question. You can do this by:

  1. Pointing to existing resources in the course.
  2. Uploading new files (PDFs only).

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Burt Lo

I do not see an essay option in my drop-down list of question types. Is there an option that I need to turn on somewhere?

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Brad Marshall
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Hey Burt, essay questions are only allowed for Assessment activity types and not Practice Questions activity types. Are you using an Assessment?

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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

It is also possible that you need to scroll within that pop-up window.

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Burt Lo

Thanks for the quick solution.

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Bruce Sharp

Essay questions aren't officially allowed in practice type assignments, but they work anyway (so I'm not sure why they aren't allowed).

Notice in the first image below, the question type is blank. You must use the text editor. For question type you put E. The second image shows the text code for the same question. I always work in the text editor so I didn't even know that essay questions weren't supposed to work. I just wrote them and there wasn't an issue. These work like other practice questions where students can redo the question until it's correct. They have to wait for the teacher to grade it first though.

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