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Inline Choice question (Silver/Gold Feature)

Students can choose and fill in their answer within the question line

Neta Raz Studnitski avatar
Written by Neta Raz Studnitski
Updated over a week ago


Inline choice is another great tool for creating cloze tasks. With this type of question, students are prompted to choose one out of several possible answers on a dropdown menu right within the question!

Create an Inline Choice question:

  1. Click on the blue + button

  2. Choose "Inline Choice" from the Question types

  3. Type your text in the question bar

  4. Click "add dropdown" where you'd like to add choices for your students to choose from

  5. Add the answer choices for each dropdown. Each answer choice in a separate answer choice text bar (you can click add content items by clicking the + button at the far right of the answer text bar)

  6. Mark the correct answer for auto grading:

NEW! Quick Math Button

Are you using the Math Keyboard to enter answer choices often? Formative now offers the option to add a Math Button to the answer choice fields within several question types, inlucing Inline Choice questions, for quicker access to the Math Keyboard.

This will eliminate the need to repeatedly click on the little plus button and choose the Math Keyboard from the dropdown menu.

To enable access to the quick math button:

  1. Click on "My Account" from the left side menu, and then "Settings"

  2. Locate the field "Show math keyboard in answer choices" and toggle it ON

Once this setting is toggled on, you will see a Math Button added next to the little plus button within your answer choice fields. Clicking this button will immediately bring up the Math Keyboard.

Adjust question settings

Students will not be able to submit their work without providing an answer

Randomize Order (Gold plan only)

Gold plan subscribers can choose to randomize the order of the answers for their students. This is perfect in case they glance at a classmate's screen!

Note: When randomizing the order, the randomization will appear only on the students' end. The teacher's version will remain in the original order, including within the Preview mode (unless the formative has been assigned to guest students in which case the Preview mode will present the guest assignment's settings). The responses tab for the teacher will also present the answers in the original order.

Add a whiteboard style box for your students to showcase their work

Switch scoring method for this question from auto-grading to a rubric based grading.

If you toggld on "Multi-select" you will also have the ability to allow **Partial Credit" to take auto-grading up a notch by allowing your students to get credit for answering part of the question correct.

You can also add hints for your students, and tag the question to standards.

Partial Credit

How we grade the "Allow Partial Credit" feature in Inline Choice Questions

When you select “Allow Partial Credit”* you can choose between subtracting points for incorrect answers, or not subtracting points for incorrect answers.

If you choose to subtract points for incorrect answers, students’ scores will be auto-graded like this:

Let's take a look at an example of how this works in practice.

Here is a Inline Choice answer key:

Here are some examples of student responses to this Multiple Selection question, along with their auto-graded scores.

Student A

Student B

Students C

If you choose not to subtract points for incorrect answers:

Let's take a look at an example of how this works in practice. Here is the same Inline Choice answer key:

Here are the same examples of student responses to this Inline Choice question, along with their auto-graded scores, when choosing not to subtract points for incorrect answers

Student A

Student B

Student C

What's Next?

If you prefer your students enter their own free replies, check out our Fill In The Blank question type!

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