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Hot Spot Questions (Silver/Gold Feature)
Hot Spot Questions (Silver/Gold Feature)
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Written by Neta Raz Studnitski
Updated over a week ago


Teachers can create interactive image questions where students can choose answers from clickable options!

Create a Hot Spot question

Step 1: Create the question and add an image:

  1. Click on the blue + button

  2. Choose "Hot Spot" from the Question types

  3. Take a photo or Upload an image (PEG, PNG, GIF, DOC, PDF) from your local device or from Google Drive

  4. Enter your question or directions in the text bar

Please note: Images must be less than 25 MB in size.

Step 2: Add clickable options:

  1. From the top left corner menu, choose the shape you want to use for your clickable options. Other then dots, shapes are adjustable to your size of preference

  2. Place your cursor and click once on the spot(s) you would like to turn clickable.

  3. If needed - drag the cursor to adjust the shape to the desirable size. Please note: to complete size adjustment click once more

  4. To delete a clickable option - click it once and then choose the trashcan symbol from the top left menu

  5. There is no limit to the amount of clickable options

  6. You can add different shapes of clickable options to the same image

Step 3: Define an answer key for auto-grading:

  1. To mark an option correct, click it once and then choose the ✓ symbol from the top left menu (the option will be highlighted with a blue ✓ symbol

  2. To unmark an option as correct, click it once again then choose the X symbol from the top left menu (the blue ✓ symbol will disappear)

  3. To allow multiple correct answers, toggle on the "Allow Multiple Selections" button

Adjust question settings

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

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 Hot Spot 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 Hot Spot answer key:

To receive 100% of the score, students will need to choose only the 2 correct answers.

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

Student A

Student B

Student 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 Hot Spot answer key, this time with the True/False approach:

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

Student A

Student B

Student C

Did you know?

Hot Spot questions are a standard STAAR question type used by the state of Texas.


Based on consistent feedback from teachers and students, on June 16, 2023 we have updated how partial scoring calculates for Hot Spot questions.

Previously, the point value of the question is distributed across all answer choices (correct or incorrect). After the update, the point value is distributed across the correct answers only. This update brings these question types' Partial Credit formula in alignment with the way Partial Credit is calculated for all other question types on the Formative platform.

🙋🏽‍♀️ What to expect now that the new formula is in effect?

The new partial credit formula is the default for any new formatives created, as well as any existing formatives when assigned to new students/classes.

🙋🏻 What will happen to my previously graded formatives?

As long as no new activity is registered for a previously graded question, the scores granted in the past will not change. However, if a new activity is registered on a specific question (i.e. a new response by a student, an edit of a previously entered response, assigning the same formative to additional students, etc.) the scores previously granted will adjust to reflect the new formula.

If you want your old scores to be saved unchanged yet assign the same formative to new students/classes we recommend duplicating the formative and assigning the new clone to new students/classes instead.

🙋🏿‍♂️ My students' scores on a formative changed, why?

If a new activity is registered to an already graded Multiple Selection, Categorize, Hot Text or Hot Spot question that had "Partial Credit" toggled on, the Partial Credit algorithm will default to the new formula. Your students' scores on these questions changed because a new activity was registered - either one of the students provided a new response, edited an existing response, or the formative was assigned to new students.

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