LaunchPad, Writer's Help 2.0 > How do I write or edit a quiz question?

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Even if you are working with a pre-made quiz, you can manually create and edit questions within that quiz.

Note: This article focuses on editing the text of a question stem and/or answer choices. If you wish to do more advanced formatting, such as adding images to questions, see the help article How do I add an image to a quiz question?.

Important Note: There are two types of quizzes in LaunchPad. If this article does not match with your experience of creating a quiz question, see these alternate instructions: How do I enter my own questions into a quiz?

To watch a video on writing and editing a quiz in LaunchPad, please click on the image below. Scroll down to continue with the article. 


Open quiz

Click on the Quiz in your table of contents or on your Assignments page to open it.


Click "Edit"

In the top toolbar on the right

Create New Question

Click Create New Question to start writing a question.

In the Review & Modify tab

Select question type

Depending on your LaunchPad, you will see a variety of question types. Click on a question type in the list below to jump to instructions for creating a question of that type.
  1. Multiple Choice
  2. Essay
  3. Multiple Select
  4. Fill in the Blank/Short Answer
  5. Matching
  6. Ordering
  7. Advanced Question (separate article)

Multiple Choice

First type out your question, then hit the Enter key for each answer choice that you want to add (every time you press Enter, a bubble for an answer choice will appear). Mark the correct answer and click Save.

Add labels: The system does not label answer choices A, B, C, D, etc. You will need to add these label choices if you want them. The default setting for quizzes is to scramble answer choices, but your labels will always appear in the correct order.

Lock answer choices: Click the lock icon next to an answer choice to make sure it always appears in that position. For more information on scrambling and locking answer choices, see the help article Can I lock certain answer choices in place while scrambling others?.


The instructions for an essay question are the same as for Short Answer. The only difference is that essay questions are manually graded, while short answer questions are automatically graded and require an exact response.

Multiple Select

Follows the same instructions as Multiple Choice, but you can mark more than one answer choice as correct.

Fill in the blank

The simplest type of fill in the blank question is a short answer question. Short answer questions are graded automatically and require an exact response. If you are looking for a long form question with a variety of answers, see Essay questions.

To create a short answer question, simply type in a question, type an answer in the answer field, and click Save.

Here is what it will look like to a student:


To create a more traditional fill in the blank question, type out your fill in the blank statement, using three or more underscores (___) to create a blank.

Click in the answer field to type in the answer. Press the Enter key to confirm you have typed the complete answer.

When you're finished, click Save.

Here is what it will look like to a student:



You can also create fill in the blanks with more than one blank and/or more than one answer per blank. Press Enter after each answer to start typing another answer. Press Enter a second time to start typing answers for another blank.


Fill in the blanks also allow you to give a student partial credit for an answer. Click the % button to the right of the answer field to set a weight for each answer listed. Click on the word Default in the Points column to edit the points given for each answer. For example, entering .5 on a question worth one point will give a student half credit for that answer.


Don't forget to click the big blue Save button when you are finished working on your fill in the blank question.


Type in some instructions for your students, then enter the correctly matched terms. Press the Enter key to add another row of matched terms.

When you are finished, click Save.


This is how the question will appear to your students. The order of the matching terms is randomized. The first set of terms is numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. Students select the matching term for each number from a drop-down menu that shows a, b, c, etc.


Ordering questions are similar to Matching questions, but instead of choosing a matching item, students have to select a position for each item. 

Type in the instructions and the items for students to order. Press the Enter key to add another item to the list. By default these items will appear in a random order to your students. If you like, you can choose to lock the items in an incorrect order to avoid students seeing items in the correct order by chance. Click the lock icon to lock an item in place.


Here is what the question will look like to students. A drop-down menu for each number/position allows students to select answer choices a-e.


Edit a question

You can edit questions you've created as well as those provided in your course.

Note: Once you click Edit on a publisher-provided question, you will no longer receive publisher-provided updates for this question.

To edit a question, click the Edit link next to the question.

When you are finished editing, click Save.

Click "Done Editing"

When you are finished editing your quiz, click Done Editing at the top left of the page.