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How do I set up passages for assessments and practice questions?

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Passage is listed in the question type dropdown, but it is not an interactive question template. You can use it to create and provide a passage of text, and ask students to refer to it in order to answer other questions in the assessment. You can provide a single passage for an entire activity and/or attach a passage to specific questions.

Passages can be added to assessments and practice question activities.

  1. Add the Assessment or Practice Questions activity.
  2. Add a passage to the activity from the question type dropdown.
  3. Follow the directions, below.

Passage content

Enter the desired passage in the field provided. Use the rich text editor to attach media (images, audio (mp3), video (flv)), insert equations, create tables, etc.

This section pictures and explains the default visual editor; enable the Text editor to create and edit the passage with the advanced Text editor

Interaction

In the Interaction card you can provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance) and indicate how you want the passage to appear.

Define how the passage appears

1. Side and Single passages appear next to multiple questions

If you check both the Side passage and Single boxes, you must assign the passage to more than one question.

  1. The passage appears to the left of each of the assigned questions.
  2. Buzz displays each question individually.
  3. Numbered navigation buttons are provided underneath the question to allow students to move through all of the questions associated with the passage.

2. Single passage appears above multiple questions

If you check the Single box, you must assign the passage to more than one question.

  1. The passage appears above each of the assigned questions.
  2. Buzz displays each question individually.
  3. Numbered navigation buttons are provided underneath to allow students to move through all of the questions associated with the passage.

3. Side passage appears next to the question

If you check the Side passage box, you must assign the passage to one or more question(s), and the passage appears to the left of the question.

4. Passage appears where you place it

The passage appears wherever you place it in the question list if the following conditions are met:  

In this example, the passage has been placed first and can be used for the full assessment or practice questions activity.

Passage display options

Assign the passage to questions

You can easily assign a passage to one or more questions:

  1. Create the passage.
  2. Open the Include passage dropdown in Activity editor > Questions tab > Interaction card of the question you want the passage attached to, and selecting the passage.  
  3. Save.
Assigning passages to questions

Metadata

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.
Objectives

Variables

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

Variables

Calculator

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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