Use Quizmaker 360's freeform text-entry question to create your own fill-in-the-blank assessments. They can be graded or ungraded.

  1. Insert a Freeform Text-Entry Question
  2. Define Acceptable Answers
  3. Specify How the Question Will Be Submitted
  4. Customize the Question Properties

Step 1: Insert a Freeform Text-Entry Question

There are two ways to create a text-entry question. If you've already designed a blank (non-question) slide that you want to use as a text-entry assessment, you can convert it to a freeform question. If you'd prefer to start from scratch, do this:

  1. First, do either of the following to open the Insert Question window:
    • Go to the Insert tab on the Quizmaker ribbon and click Freeform Question.
    • In Question List View, go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click Freeform Question.
  2. When the Insert Question window appears, use the search field at the top and the filters along the left edge to locate the type of question you want to add. The slide browser includes built-in templates as well as professionally-designed Content Library templates.
  3. When you click a thumbnail image for a slide, the right side of the window shows a description of that question type. Click Insert Question to add it to your quiz.
  4. A new question will open in Slide View and a text-entry field will automatically be added for you. Switch to Form View and proceed to the next step to define acceptable answers.

Step 2: Define Acceptable Answers

By default, text-entry questions are graded assessments. Switch to Form View and type the acceptable answers for the text-entry field in the answer grid. If the acceptable answers are case-sensitive, mark the Answers are case sensitive box above the grid.

If your question doesn't have correct and incorrect responses (i.e., it's a survey question), go to the Home tab on the ribbon and select None from the Score drop-down to make it ungraded. (The answer grid will disappear.)

Step 3: Specify How the Question Will Be Submitted

Learners can click the built-in navigation buttons on your quiz player to submit their text-entry responses for evaluation, but you can also provide an alternate submission method if you'd like.

Click in the Submit Keys field at the bottom of the screen (you won't see a cursor), and press the key or combination of keys that'll submit the learner's answer. For example, you might press the Tab key or a function key, depending on the design and purpose of your question.


  • Be careful not to choose keystrokes that are common keyboard shortcuts for web browsers (F1, Alt+D, Ctrl+T, etc.), since they'll affect the learner’s browser rather than your quiz.
  • The Enter key will always submit a text-entry question, so you won't need to specify it here.
  • If you change your mind, you can either press the new key(s) you want to use, which will update the Submit Keys field, or you can click the X button to clear the field altogether.

Step 4: Customize the Question Properties

After creating a freeform text-entry question, you can customize several of its attributes, including feedback, branching, score, number of attempts, and whether learners are required to answer it or allowed to skip it. To learn how, see Working with the Question Editor.

Can I Convert a Freeform Question into a Non-Question Slide?

Yes. It's easy. Just go to the Insert tab on the Quizmaker ribbon and click Remove Freeform.

When you remove freeform functionality from a question, it becomes a standard content slide. Text and other objects remain intact. Only question-related properties, such as score and feedback, are removed.

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