Question Types

WebAssign includes many different question types. You might want to use a combination of different question types in your assignments, or you might want to use a particular kind of question to assess your students' knowledge in a specific way.

Note Some question types are discipline-specific, and some types might not be available for the textbook you selected for your course.

General-Purpose Questions

General-purpose questions are not discipline-specific and are automatically scored by WebAssign.

Multiple-choice Questions
Your students select a single response from a list of mutually exclusive choices.
True/False Questions
Your students select whether an assertion is true or false. You should allow only 1 submission.
Yes/No Questions
Your students answer a question with either Yes or No. You should allow only 1 submission.
Multiple-select Questions
Your students select one or more responses from a list of non-exclusive choices.
Matching Questions
Your students match items in one column to corresponding items in a second column.
Fill-in-the-blank Questions
Your students type a word or short phrase for which only a small number of correct variations exist.
Numerical Questions
Your students type a numerical answer and optionally a unit. If a unit is specified in the key, equivalent responses specified using a compatible unit are also scored as correct, so for example, the responses 1 mi, 5280 feet, and 1760 yards would all be considered to be the same.
Numerical questions might also specify a specific number of significant digits or decimal places in the answer key; for these questions, your students' responses are marked correct only when both the value and the number of significant digits or decimal places is correct.
Note Many textbook questions do not specify significant figures or decimal places in the answer key.

Math Questions

Questions using mathematical expressions are used in mathematics and the sciences, and require students to demonstrate an understanding of a concept that is expressed mathematically or numerically. These questions are automatically scored by WebAssign.

mathPad Questions
Your students use the mathPad tool to enter a correctly formatted mathematical expression. mathPad is intended for developmental math, algebra, and basic trigonometry courses.
calcPad Questions
Your students use the calcPad tool to enter a correctly formatted mathematical expression. calcPad is intended for pre-calculus and higher math courses.
Math Questions Using Calculator Notation
For questions that have not been adapted to use the mathPad or calcPad tools, your students can type their answer using calculator notation.
NumberLine Questions
Your students use the WebAssign NumberLine tool to locate points and graph intervals and inequalities on a number line graph (default mode), and also indicate point positions on a number line graph (points mode).
Graphing Questions
Your students use the WebAssign graphing tool to create a graph on either a number line or coordinate plane.

Chemistry Questions

Chemistry questions might be used in other disciplines, but are designed to allow students to express chemical formulas and to draw chemical structures that are automatically scored by WebAssign.

chemPad Questions
Your students can use chemPad to enter chemical formulas and equations that are automatically displayed in correct chemical notation. chemPad accepts chemically equivalent responses that are entered in a different sequence than the key, and also provides constructive feedback to your students so they know, for example, if the equation they submitted was not balanced, or if an element was substituted. Without giving away the answer, this feedback helps your students to identify their mistakes and to learn while they are completing their assignments.
Marvin JS Questions
Your students can use Marvin JS to draw chemical structures for their response. Marvin JS supports drawing and grading of Lewis structures, reactions, and mechanisms.
JME Questions
Your students can use the Java Molecular Editor (JME) tool to draw chemical structures for their response.
Note Java™, version 1.6.0 through 1.7.35 is required. See Browser Plugins.

Physics and Lab Questions

physPad Questions
Your students use the physPad tool to enter a correctly formatted mathematical expression that might include symbols used in physics. physPad is intended for physics courses.
Answer-Dependent Numerical Questions
Your students can enter measured or estimated numerical data and then perform calculations based on the values they entered. The data are scored correct if they are within a range of expected values defined in the answer key, and the analyses are scored correct if both the students' data and calculations are correct. As with other numerical questions, the answer key might require specification of units or significant figures.

Answer-dependent numerical questions are intended for recording data from lab experiments and performing analyses based on that data.

Free-Response Questions

Free-response questions allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the material, but they are not automatically scored. You or your teaching assistant must grade your students' responses manually. By default, your students are immediately awarded all points for such questions when they submit their response. The actual earned points for their response is applied only when you or your teaching assistant grades the response.

These kinds of questions are only infrequently used for textbook questions.

Short-answer or Essay Questions
Your students type a brief or extended response that must be graded manually.
File Upload Questions
Your students electronically submit a file containing their work, for example, a research paper or a presentation.