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Automatic graded question types in Inspera - for academic staff

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This site contains guidance on how to use autmatic graded questions in a digital school exam by using Inspera Assessment. 

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Multiple choice question with one right answer – Automatically evaluated #



Write your question text above the answer box:

 Click on the answer box, and you will get the following picture, where you can add all the alternatives in the menu on the right side:

Add more alternatives (by clicking “Add alternative”), or fewer (simply cross out the ones you do not want). NOTE: The alternative marked by a green bullet point is registered in Inspera as the right answer! By default, this is the first alternative.

Under “Options” you can choose to randomize the alternatives.

To assign score marks to your question, click “Marks” on the top right side of the menu panel:

You can define right and wrong answers by granting positive and negative points:



By clicking “Main illustration”, you can upload an illustration to the question. You can also add a pdf document to the question by clicking “PDF panel”.

Multiple response questions, several right answers – Automatically evaluated #


Write the question text above the alternatives:

You can assign score marks to your question: Click “Marks” on the top right side of the menu panel, as in the question type above.

 Click on the answer box and you will see the following image, which allows you to add the alternatives in the list to the right:

Add more alternatives (by clicking “Add alternative”), or fewer (simply cross out the ones you do not want).

Please note: The alternatives marked by a green bullet point is registered in Inspera as the right answers! By default, this is the second and third alternative. Under “Options” you can choose to randomize the alternatives. As multiple-choice questions, the multiple response question is evaluated automatically. 

Text entry – automatically evaluated #


In this type of question, the student is asked to fill in a word or short sentence in a text field. The right answer may be one or several words in the right order:

By clicking the answer box, a menu will appear on the right hand side:

Under “Correct answers” you can add the right answer(s). You can define several alternatives (remember to consider also adding synonyms of the right answer, or to account for spelling mistakes).

In “Options”, you can choose to ignore or consider case sensitivity or ignore whitespace. Click “close” when the right answer(s) are added. 

If you want to add more elements/text boxes, blick "Insert element":

In the menu on the right side, you will get the following choices: 


As for other autmatically evaluated question types, Inspera lets you define marks both positive and negative. 

By chosing "Mark scheme" you can add criterias and guidelines for the grading the answers. A blank page, similar to an essay question, is to be filled out. You may use text, table tools, add picture and so on. 

You can add an illustration attached to your question by choosing "Main illustration", og you may add a pdf document by choosing "PDF panel".

“Labels” makes it possible to define a second name for the question, which makes it easier to find it by searching in the question bank.

Under "Advanced" you may decide whether only unique answers should be allowed. 

Numeric entry – Automatically evaluated #


This question type allows the candidate to fill in a number in a numeric field. The right answer can be a certain numeric value, like a specific number or a number that belongs to a predefined numeric interval. The method of defining the right answers and marks is the same as for the Text entry question type. 

Math entry – Automatically evaluated #


This question type is similar to the two question types above (Numeric entry and Text entry), however with mathematical expressions instead of words or numbers. The method for defining right answers, score marking etc. is the same.
The answer in this question type is generated in LaTeX, but is compiled immediately so that the candidate will see only the mathematical expression/formula.

Inline choice – Automatically evaluated #


This question type presents the candidate with several alternative answers from a dropdown menu, where only one of the alternatives is the correct one. This is essentially the same question type as multiple choice, there is only a visual difference. By placing several dropdown menus in a text, the right answers will render the whole text logical/correct. Like in the question types previously described, you can add more elements to the same question by clicking the button “Insert element”. Score marks are defined as in the earlier question types. 

True / false – Automatically evaluated #


This question type presents the candidate with two alternatives, where one of them is correct. To define the settings, click on the answer box, which will present a menu on the right hand side. 



Under “Prompt”, you can leave an instruction text to replace “Select one alternative” in the question.

To define the answer alternatives, click “Alternatives”. The answer marked with a green bullet point will be defined as the correct one:


In “Options”, you can choose to let the alternative answers be randomized. One question can have several elements: Simply write a new text below the answer box, and click “Insert element”.

Matching / pairing – Automatically evaluated #


Matching questions consists of a table, as shown in the illustration below. The candidate should match the alternative in each row with the correct column.
The question text is placed above the table. By clicking the table, you will get a menu on the right side: 


Under “Prompt” you can add an instructional text which will replace the sentence “Please match the values” “Rows” and “Columns” give you the possibility to add or remove rows and columns. In “Options”, you can decide to randomize the answer alternatives. Define which answers are the correct ones by clicking on them when making the question; they will be marked by a green bullet point. Adjust the score marks for this question by clicking on the question text, and then adjusting the points under “Marks” in the menu to the right. You can also upload an illustration or a PDf-file to this question type if you wish.

Composite – Automatically evaluated #


Choosing a composite question type, you can combine elements from several question types in the same question. You may write a question text including multiple choice, multiple response, true/false, text/numeric/math entry or inline choice. To include these elements, choose "Insert elements": 

A drop down meny will appear, and you can chose which element you want to add:




The marking and possibilities for illustration and PDF-files in the question type is identical to the other automatically evaluated question types.

Drag and drop – Automatically evaluated #


The drag and drop question type allows the candidate to drag elements and drop them in predefined drop-fields. Enter your question text in the field above theanswer box: 

The drag-elements can be pictures and/or text. The drop field can be a picture or simply a field. Make the question by adding a background, a drag-area and a drop-area. Create the relation between these fields by clicking on the drag-element, and then click the corresponding drop-element. If you click on the answer-box, this menu will emerge as a panel to the right: 


Under “Prompt” you can define a text in the answer box. “Background” lets you add a background picture. Under “Drag areas” and “Drop areas”, you can add or remove one or more of these areas. In “Options” you can define the function and behavior of the objects in this question type. Score marks, PDF-documents and other illustrations are added via the main menu on the right hand side when standing outside of the question box. 

Hotspot – Automatically evaluated #


The candidate answers this question type by selecting a hot spot in an image. You can add score marks, illustrations (this will be placed above the question, and not part of the answer box) and PDF-documents in the main menu to the right.

When clicking in the answer box, you ar given the oppurtunity to define the correct answer:


“Background” lets you add a background picture which will appear in the question box.

‘In “Hotspots” you define the areas/spots.

There is two ways of using this kind of question:

  1. You add one spot point, or several, and the student has to click on a point in the illustration "blindly". The right spot is marked with a green bullet point.
  2. You add one or several spots, and all the spots are visible for the candidates. The right spot is marked with a green bullet point, and it is up to the candidate to mark the right spot. 
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