LaunchPad > How do I change the tolerance for numeric answers?

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By default, tolerance is not the same for each question since the nature of each question is different, but it is set up within each question where appropriate. You can change the tolerance as needed using the instructions below.

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Determine if the question was authored using the Advanced Editor

This article will cover questions that are labeled Advanced in the questions list. If a question is labeled Short Answer, you can still edit the tolerance by referring to the instructions in the help article How do I edit the tolerance for fill-in-the-blank (short answer) questions with numeric answers?.

Depending on your LaunchPad, there are two ways to determine if the question you are working with was authored using the Advanced Editor.

If your questions appear in a grid, you will see Advanced in gray at the right of the question.

If your questions do not appear in a grid, check beneath the question in the list. You should see Question Type: Advanced Question in gray.


Edit the question to change its tolerance

For instructions on how to start editing a question in a quiz or homework assignment, see the following help articles:

Locate the answer where you would like to change the tolerance

When the question editor screen is open, numerical answer fields will be indicated with a hash sign (#). Double click on the hashtag sign of the answer field where you would like to change the tolerance. A Numeric Response Editor screen will open.

Note: For questions with multiple answer fields, each answer field can have a different tolerance.


Click on the pencil icon to edit the tolerance

At the bottom of the Numeric Response Editor, you will see the Correct Answers table. In the row of the answer you want want to change the tolerance for, click on the pencil icon in the Actions column.


Type into the field in the "Tolerance" column to change the tolerance

The default tolerance setting of the answer field used here is 0 which means only answers equivalent to the entry in the Answer column (0.75) will be accepted. As an example, if you would like to make a range of 0.73--0.77 acceptable as an answer for this field, then you would type in a tolerance of 0.02.


Type in the "Weight"

In some LaunchPads, editing an advanced question answer field requires you to type an entry in the Weight field.

The Weight field signifies how much weight a particular answer field will be worth. The default setting is 1. In most cases, you can simply type a 1 in the Weight field. However, you can have a field weighted more or less than 1 if you choose to.

Save changes

Click the save icon in the Actions column, then click Save at the bottom of the Numeric Response Editor to exit the editor.