Fill in the Blank (FIB) type of item has a blank in the Stem, which the candidate must fill with an answer.
Enter the answer to the question in the Fill in the blank 1 field.
The answers can contain synonyms as pipe (|) delimited text.
In the above example, the answer can either be entered as “six” or “6”, and the candidate can answer with either option and still be scored as correct.
It is also possible to use multiple FIB placeholders in a single FIB item as shown in the example below.
Rules and Restrictions may be applied to Answers. Click the Expand Restriction icon on the right to expand a control as displayed below.
The Alignment drop-down list is used to set the alignment of the answer in the FIB placeholder to Left, Right, or Center.
The Type drop-down list can be used to restrict the type of data that can be used as the particular Answer Option. The allowable data types, which can be selected from the drop-down list, are Text, Integer, and Decimal.
If a candidate enters the incorrect data type in the Answer Option, a Response Validation error message appears.
If you select Text for the data Type, candidates are allowed to enter both letters and numbers in the fill in the blank answer field. The Response Validation error message does not appear when candidates enter numbers into a Text data type Answer Option field.
The Whitespace drop-down list allows you to define how space characters should be treated when evaluating candidate responses in the Fill in the Blank item. Whitespace only applies to the Text data type. When Integer or Decimal are selected, whitespace is disabled.
|Preserve||All space characters entered are considered when evaluating a candidate's response. No spaces are ignored.|
|RemoveLeadingAndTrailing||Ignores all leading and trailing spaces in candidate responses.|
|Normalize||Ignore leading and trailing spaces and replaces two consecutive space characters with a single space in candidate responses.|
|RemoveAll||Ignore all spaces when evaluating candidate responses.|
The CaseSensitive drop-down list allows you to define how to evaluate the candidate response using case sensitivity. CaseSensitive only applies to the Text data type. When Integer or Decimal are selected, casesensitive is disabled.
|Yes||The response is case sensitive. The candidate must use the exact capitalization specified in the Fill in the blank field.|
|No||The response is not case sensitive.|
You can add data restrictions to further define what type of data may be entered into an Answer Option.
Operator: These are Boolean operators. One of these can be selected and applied to the Value.
If you select the Word count restriction type, you must use the >= [Greater Than Equal] operator. For instance, if you expect candidates to enter two words in the fill in the blank field you must select Word count >= 2.
If you were to select Word Count = 1, candidates are only allowed to enter one character in the fill in the blank answer field.
Additional restrictions can be created for each Answer Option by clicking the Add Restriction icon, while extra restrictions can be removed by clicking the Remove Restriction icon.
If you enter a certain type of data for the Answer Option and specify a different data Type, an error message is displayed. For instance, if you enter Text in the Fill in the blank answer field and select the Integer data Type, when you apply a restriction the system identifies that you have selected an incorrect data type. You should correct the problem. The system does not prevent you from saving the item.
If you have saved incompatible data Types for the Answer Option and the data Type, when you try and preview the item an error notifies you of the problem. You must fix the data Type before you can Preview the item.
Use the Set Range option to specify a range of numbers that will receive a passing score. For instance, you may want to say any number greater than 5 and less than 10 is considered a correct answer. If a candidate enters 6, 7, 8, or 9, they will received a passing score for the item.
You must also add a data Type restriction to the range of values. Click the Expand Restriction icon. You can only select Integer or Decimal data Type for a range of values. You can also add a Character Count restriction if desired.
Assigning a range of values does not prevent candidates from entering a number outside of the expected range of values. Setting the range of values determines what numbers will be scored as correct if the candidate enters a value within the range of numbers.
In the example above where the range of values is >= 10 and <= 20, if a candidate enters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20, they will receive a passing score for this item. Any number below 10 or above 20 would receive a failing grade for the item.
You have several options to Save the item.
|Please visit the Language-related features in Items page to learn about the Language Code drop-down list.|
Weights affect the candidate’s score for an item. If weights are assigned to individual Answer Options, they affect the total score of an item depending on which (and how many) Answer Options are answered correctly or incorrectly. Assigning weights is optional and can be done via the Weight drop-down list.
The default selection item is Default, which assigns a score of "1" to the item. The candidate scores "1" only when he/she selects all the correct Options and does not select any incorrect Options. On selecting even a single incorrect Option, he/she scores "0".
If you choose to assign a custom weight for the item, then you must select Item from the drop-down list. A text box appears adjacent to the drop-down list, where you can enter the weight value for the item. The candidate scores the specified weight value, only when he/she selects all the correct Options and does not select any incorrect Options. Upon selecting even a single incorrect Option, he/she scores "0".
You can assign custom weights to individual Answer Options by selecting Option from the drop-down list. A Weight text box appears to the left of the Answer Options, where you can enter the weight value for the respective Answer Options. The weight value is a decimal number. Weights assigned to incorrect Answer Options are ignored.
The candidate scores the specified weight value of the correctly answered Option(s), regardless whether he/she also incorrectly answers one or more Options. The maximum score of the item is equal to the sum of the weight values for the correctly answered Options.
Item weight can be a positive decimal or integer value. It can range from ".001" to "9999".
A user can click the Submit on Behalf of drop-down control and select one of the user names in the list to submit an item on behalf of the selected user. The user list contains names of users enabled in the current project, except for the user currently logged in and viewing the list. The list is displayed in ascending order by last name, first name, and user name. Once you click the Submit button, the item is saved to the Draft mode and does not show for the current user.
Submit on Behalf of drop-down list is not available at the time of Modify Question.
Click the Check Spelling link to check the spelling for text in Stem and Options. The spelling is checked first against the built-in or installed dictionary and then against the words specified for exclusion on the Dictionary tab of your project's settings.
|Exam Adviser settings are not applicable to FIB type items.|
|Keep in mind that for users to write this type of item, it must be enabled on the Questions tab of the project's Configuration page. From Manage → Settings → Configuration → Questions → Allow question types, select Fill In The Blank from the list, and click Update. If you do not see this type of item in the list, please contact your Project Manager to change the project settings.|