How do I set up File upload questions?

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File upload questions ask students to answer a question by uploading one or more files from their computer.

Note: Students must upload files from their computer; they may not attach links to cloud-hosted files like Google Docs or Google Sheets. Buzz enforces a filesize upload limit of 100MB.

After students upload a file, they can remove it or download it by clicking the buttons on the attached-file card.

Note: Because Practice questions activities are meant to give students immediate feedback to respond to, File upload questions are not available in them.

Create File upload questions

File upload questions can be added to assessments.

  1. Add the Assessment activity.
  2. Add a File upload 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.
  1. This section pictures and explains the default visual editor; select the Text editor to create and edit questions with the advanced Text editor.  


Click Add feedback to create various types of feedback.


To manage the question's Interaction:

  • You can specify the Maximum allowed files the student can upload. You can allow up to 5  files per question. The default is 1.
  • You can specify the Allowed file extensions you allow the student to upload. Separate file types with a space and don't include the dot (e.g., pdf xls doc).
  • 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).

Note: Buzz enforces a filesize upload limit of 100MB.


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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