Create: Question with Explanation

This topic describes how to create a test question with Explanations, which allows students to view an explanation for the question on their scoresheet after they have completed the test. 

Note: Students can view an explanation for a question if the explanation option is enabled within the test's settings. For more information regarding editing test settings, please see Edit: Test Settings.

  1. Select Tests & Quizzes from the left sidebar.


  2. Select the My Test Library tab to see your tests.


  3. Select the name of a test to open it, or create a new test by selecting New Test.


    Note: If you need a step by step guide on how to create a new test, please see Create: Tests.

  4. If you have opened an existing assessment, select Edit Test Settings to open the assessment edit page. If you are creating a new assessment, the Edit Test Settings page will be the first page you will see after selecting New Test.


  5. Select one of the options in the Explanations drop down menu.

    • Students may not view: Students will not be able to view any explanation associated with any question on the student scoresheet.
    • Students may view: Students will be able to view any explanation associated with any question on the student scoresheet.
    • Students may view after scoring 100%: Students will be able to view any explanation associated with any question on the student scoresheet, only if they score 100% on a test.


  6. After all assessment settings have been finalized, save your changes by selecting Submit at the bottom of the page.


  7. Next, you will create explanations that are custom to specific questions. To create a question, hover over the Add New button, and select Question from the drop-down menu.


  8. Select any question type from the Question type drop-down menu.

    Note: The Instructions Only question type cannot have an explanation.


  9. Complete the question information. Then scroll to the Explanation section.


  10. Add a question explanation as Text or Upload File:

    • Text: Add a question explanation in plain text. If you select the show tools option found under Explanation, you will be presented with a text editor that will allow you to add a question explanation in rich text.

    • Upload File: You can upload a file that students will be able to access when they are viewing their scoresheet.


  11. Once the question explanation is set, select Save Question or Save & Edit Next if you are planning to create more questions for your assessment.


  12. To preview the question explanation as it will appear for students, select Preview.


    Note: Once you have accessed the preview of the test, navigate to the Submission page and mock submit the test in order to see the student scoresheet view.


    • Test preview Submission page:


  13. On the student scoresheet, navigate to the question that contains the explanation. Select View Explanation in the Your Score box.  


    • Plain or rich text explanation:


    • Upload file explanation:


  14. Close the explanation box by selecting the white colored "x" in the right corner.