How do I set up Fill in the Blank questions?

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
  • Updated:

Ask students to provide a word or phrase to accurately complete a statement. You can provide multiple correct answers to account for possible variations and feedback.

Fill in the blank questions can be added to assessments and practice questions activities.

  1. Add the Assessment or Practice Questions activity.
  2. Add a fill in the blank question to the activity.
  3. Follow the directions, below.

Question content

  1. Use the dropdown to choose from the following Answer types:
    • Normal, which looks for an exact match.
    • Case insensitive, which looks for an exact match, without concern about capitalization.
    • Number, which looks for numbers.
      • By default, any number within 1% of the correct answer is considered correct. You can specify your own match range if you use two dots between the start and the end value of the correct answer. For example: 3.14..3.1416.
      • On the Interaction card, you can specify a required number of Significant figures (aka significant digits) students must enter to get the question correct.
    • Regular expression, which allows you to set up custom matching criteria (e.g., you may want to look for a specific term and disregard everything else). (Contact support for additional assistance.)
    • Math expression - Exact, which enables equation buttons for each answer and requires an exact match of the equations expression, not just result in the same value.
    • Math expression - Equivalent, which enables equation buttons for each answer and accepts any equation that results in the same mathematical value. For example, if the answer is 2a, a+a is correct.
  2. Specify the number of Blanks you want in the question.
  3. Define the Width of the blanks by number of letters that can fit.
  4. Specify how many Points the question is worth.
  5. Enter the question as you want it displayed to students. Click append blank to insert blanks where you want them.
  6. Enter the correct answer(s) in the field(s) below. Click the plus sign next to the correct answer fields to add alternative correct 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:

  • If use Number as your Answer type,  you can specify a required number of Significant figures (aka significant digits) students must enter to get the question correct.
  • Check the Show correct answer box to allow students to immediately see how they performed on the question.
  • Check Display workspace to give students a rich text editor where they can record their notes and processes as they work on the question.
  • 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 indicate:

  1. If you want to allow for Partial credit.
    • And, if so, if you want to automatically Round the score.
  2. If you want the question to count as Extra credit.


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).

Comments (9)

Sort by
Jennifer Parzych

Question about the fill in the blank. I have a teacher who is using the Homework app and her questions are fill in the blanks. When her students look at the question there are two answer boxes and we don't know why. Also when students choose the first box to answer the question it is marked incorrect. The answer only shows correct in the right hand box. 

We did notice that when she created the question, following the instructions on this page, she offered an "Alternative answer", we are wondering if this is what is creating the second box? I have attached images of the question, the answer, and the back end. If you need more information please let us know. 

0 Comment actions Permalink
Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Jennifer:

I'm not exactly sure why this is occuring, but will follow up with my team for us to address it. However, if you toggle over to the "Text" editor (or "Edit all"), you will see that the fill-in-the-blank is specified twice. 

If you were to delete one of them, then it would display as expected. Note that you must have at least three underscores (i.e., "___") for Buzz to place a fill-in-the-blank input box in the location.

0 Comment actions Permalink
Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Jennifer, we have a fix for this issue that is expected to be available in this week's release (11/17).

0 Comment actions Permalink
Nathan J Cintron

When using either Math Expression answer type, we noticed that as long as the first character of the correct answer is typed, it counts the answer right. For example, I used Math Expression - Exact and had students convert to slope-intercept form, so all the answers started with y=. However, if you just typed in y and submitted, it counts the answer correct. 

0 Comment actions Permalink
Bruce Sharp

I feel your pain Nathan. I did this exact same thing when I first started! The issue is to note that the answer type is math EXPRESSION and you want the kids to type an EQUATION. As soon as Buzz sees an = or <,> it stops looking at the answer. It sucks, I know. You basically have 2 choices.

1) You can switch the question type to normal and instruct the kids to be sure they don't include any spaces in their answers. Their answer has to be letter for letter, space for space the same as your listed correct answer.

2) (this is what I ended up doing) Change the question so the answer line and answer look like this:

y= _______________

a. 3x+2

Then the kids just put the other side of the equation. The disadvantage is that it gives the students the hint that slope-intercept looks like y=. The advantage is that spaces won't matter. The student could type 3x+2 or 2+3x and both would be marked correct. And they get the equation editor to help them make fractions.

The support team at Agilix told me there was a way to get Buzz to correctly grade equations using RegEx. I looked up RegEx online and didn't understand it and didn't feel like investing however much time was going to be necessary to try to figure it out on my own.

Here is a sample question we wrote. Copy it and paste it into an assessment to try it out.

Type: F, Match
Var: var1 = 2..12
Var: var2 = 2..15
1) Solve for `y` when `$var1$x+y=$var2$`
`y =`______________________
a. -$var1$x+$var2$


Good Luck! :)

1 Comment actions Permalink
Bruce Sharp

By the way, my question says to solve for y because it was from the previous chapter. We hadn't learned slope-intercept form yet. For our graphing unit I just copied this question and changed the instructions to say "rewrite in slope-intercept form."

0 Comment actions Permalink
Nathan J Cintron

Thanks, Bruce!

0 Comment actions Permalink
Varshini G


Does Fill in the blank require options? Can we not just put a question with blanks for the students to fill in and get them graded by the teacher later?

0 Comment actions Permalink
Scott Taylor

Hello Varshini,

Fill in the blank is designed to require defined answers for students to be graded automatically. It is possible to require the entire assessment to be graded manually, but not specific questions or question types (aside from the essay question type, this will always be teacher graded).

0 Comment actions Permalink
Please sign in to leave a comment.