Partial Match

Short Answer, Free Response, Fill In The Blank, and Numeric questions allow you to select Partial Match. If you type key words into your answer key, student responses that include those key words will be graded as correct.

  1. Open a desired formative and add a one of the question types above

  2. Enter the keyword(s) you want your students to use as answer keys

  3. Select "Allow partial match":

Note that student responses need to include the key word(s) in one answer key field exactly (the same word order, spelling, spacing, and punctuation) in order to be graded as correct. For example, for the question above:

  • A student who writes "The great barrier reef" will be graded as correct (words added before / after the answer key phrase do not count).

  • A student who writes "Great Barrier Reef" will be graded as correct (capitalization does not count unless the "Case sensitive" toggle is enabled).

  • A student who writes "barrier reef" will be graded as incorrect because they did not include the word "great."

If your question requires a complex response, then adding responses to the answer key as you grade or batch grading may be a better grading solution.

Partial Credit

The listed below questions allow you to select Partial Credit. This will automatically give your students partial credit if they get some of the answers right.

When selecting Partial Credit, you also have the option to choose if you'd like to subtract points for incorrect answers, or not.

Click each question type below to find out how we grade Partial Credit for each of them:


Drag and Drop

Fill In The Blank

Hot Spot

Hot Text

In Line Choice

Match Table Grid


Multiple Selection


Tip: Use the Preview function to view and interact with your formatives from a student perspective! This is very helpful to test things out and get a feel for features before assigning to your students. The Preview button (eye icon) can be found in the upper right corner of the page.

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