Fill in the blanks using numbers

Mar 27, 2023

I have only just learnt how to use 'fill in the blanks' using text. However, I'm struggling to find any video on how to have multiple 'fill in the blank' using numbers.

I've tried so many different variables that now I've totally confused myself and don't know what's what anymore.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

(please excuse all the strange kinds of variables)

10 Replies
Jose Tansengco

Hello Melissa, 

Thanks for reaching out!

Would you mind sharing more information on what you're trying to do on your project file so myself or the talented members of the community can help you with your inquiry?

If you're trying to setup a question slide where a learner has to enter multiple numerical responses, I found this helpful video which shows how you can have multiple text-entry fields in a single slide, as well as how to validate the learner's responses. 

Melissa Sanburg

Hi Jo

That is the exact video that helped me work out how to create a fill in the blank with words.  However I'm uncertain of how to do it with numbers.  I think it's the variables I'm getting myself all tangled up.  I'm not sure if there's anymore explanation as it's pretty much fill in the gap with the correct numbers.

Walt Hamilton

Let me share two secrets for the kind of project your are developing.

1. You can put numbers into text variables. You only need numeric variables if you are going to do calculations with them. It's true that numeric variables won't let you enter text, but what's the difference if you enter "cow" or "4" when the correct answer is "5"? The patient still dies.

2.  Always copy what works. Slide 1 works; copy it, then change the variable names and the answers. Here's what it looks like: (fortunately all your variables are grouped with ones performing like actions all together. I can refer to the first one, and what I say applies to all the ones like it that follow.)

In slide 1:

Text Entry FIB_A places the entered value into variable FIB_A (using the same name confuses me, and makes it harder to troubleshoot. I would suggest FIB_A_TE [Text Entry] and/or FIB_A_Variable).

Then FIB_A_correct (good variable name) is set to TRUE if the entry is the right answer. ( You could just use FIB_A_Variable, but doing it the way you did makes it much easier to accept alternate spellings.) Since FIB_A_correct defaults to FALSE, it works to change it TRUE only if it is correct.

Then Correct is selected if all the ..._correct variables are TRUE, or Incorrect is selected if even one of them is FALSE.  All good, well designed, and it works.

In slide 2

Text Entry FIB_num_Fent1 places the entered value into variable NumericEntry1. (You can edit those names in the variable pane. Changing it there will change it everywhere.)

Then the problems start. FIB_numb_Fent1_correct should be set to TRUE if NumericEntry1 is the correct value. Instead, NumericEntry1 is disregarded, and never used again. Rather, Num_Entry_Fent1 is set to the desired answer, which is an unnecessary step. In this case, it doesn't hurt anything, because those variables are also never used.

Then Correct is selected if all FIB_numb_..._correct have the correct answers. They can't, because no triggers ever set them, so they are all wrong.

Then Incorrect is selected if all of ..._correct are FALSE. Actually, you want the question to be wrong if even one answer is incorrect. Slide 1 does that by connecting the conditions that select Incorrect with "or". Slide 2 doesn't because it uses "and".

 I recommend that Text Entry FIB_num_Fent1 places the entered value into variable FIB_num_Fent1_variable. Then FIB_num_Fent1_correct is set to TRUE if FIB_num_Fent1_variable is the right answer. Then Correct is selected if all the ..._correct variables are TRUE, or Incorrect is selected if even one of them is FALSE.

Kelly Auner

Hi Melissa,

I'm happy to jump in here!

Have tried adding a Retry Button to your results slide? In the trigger panel, you can adjust the trigger to Reset results. Additionally, if you want the learner to only retry the questions they answered incorrectly, simply check the box to Reset only incorrect questions.


I hope this helps! If you need additional assistance, don't hesitate to let us know here or privately in a support case!

Walt Hamilton

What Kelly says is correct, but I wonder if that's what you really want to do.

If the learner misses some of the questions, and goes back to a blank quiz, then you have increased their difficulty on the quiz.  They are now faced with being assessed on whether they remember their original answers, as well as trying to recall the correct answers. Pedagogical studies suggest learning will increase if they see the incorrect answers, knowing they are incorrect, attempting to understand why they are incorrect, and trying to retrieve the correct answers.

Just a thought (and of course, I understand that for some clients, some government agencies, and some compliance projects learning may not be one of the primary concerns.)