How do I make a Long Answer question?

Long Answer Questions enable your students to apply their understanding of topics in more detail. They are self-marked against a model answer.

Long Answer Questions can be used in Extended Response sections of a Smart Lesson. Including them in other section types, such as Quiz sections, may not work correctly. For more information, see  Which question types can I use in each Smart Lesson section?

You can check your students' answers to Long Answer questions from the Control Panel. For more information, see  How do I give my students feedback on their extended responses?

Select an existing Extended Response section, or add a new Extended Response section to your Smart Lesson, then select  Long Answer as your question type.

Provide a Question Prompt

Type your question into the  Question Prompt box. This question can be as open-ended as you like.

Provide a Model Answer

When students submit their answer, they will be shown the Model Answer against which they can compare their response. Type the answer you'd expect your students to give into this box. 

Students will be able to mark their own work against this Model Answer, so if they write something different that they feel is a valid answer, they can still mark themselves as correct. This prevents students from becoming frustrated when they're marked wrong for something that is phrased differently to your example. 

Add an image, video or sound clip

As you type your prompt, images which may be relevant will appear under  Supporting Media. Click any one of these to add it to your question. 

Alternatively, click on either  Image, Sound or Video to search our full media galleries or upload your own piece of media. For more information on finding or uploading media, see How do I add media to my question?

Configure Optional Settings

Provide additional information

When students submit their response, you can provide additional information on top of the model answer. For example, you could explain statements from the model answer in more detail. Click  Optional Settings and type into the Automatic feedback for wrong answers box.

Education Perfect also has an Advanced Editor for experienced users of the system to customise questions further. We strongly recommend contacting us on before starting to use the Advanced Editor, as it is considerably less user-friendly and can cause problems in your questions. 

Pick a different question layout

Expand  Layouts and click any of the different styles to change where your question text, answer box and media will be displayed. See how the question looks in each layout by clicking Preview after selecting a different style. 

Save your question

When you're happy with your changes, give the question a name by clicking the question title  Long Answer 1, then click Save Lesson when you're finished making changesYou can then choose to add another question under the Add Question option.  

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