Question Types in ALL In Learning


Click in the table of contents below to learn about each question type available in ALL In Learning and each type's grading options.

Table of Contents:

Where to select Question Types
Multiple Choice Questions
True/False & Yes/No Questions
Short Answer Questions
Student Work (Essay Questions)
Grading Student Work with a Rubric
Grading Student Work with a Slider
Placeholder Questions
Griddable Questions
Matching Questions
Weighting Questions
Other Question Types
How to Convert a Question's Type in the Editor


Where to Select Question Types

When you create a new Answer Key or use the Insert Questions menu option in the Lesson Editor, you'll see this the interface for choosing question types.


  For more information about creating a key, see this article


Multiple Choice Questions

You can choose from 2 to 12 Answer Choices (MC2-MC12, A-L) per question, and use alternating answer schemes (ABCD/FGHJ), though there are some considerations to note. Here are the ways each grading method can be used with multiple choice questions:

Clickers and Multiple Choice Questions
Clickers are ideal for answering MC2 through MC5 questions for student engagement, immediate feedback, and mid-instruction data. This is where clickers excel!

Remember that clickers only have buttons A, B, C, D, and E, so assessments made for clicker use can only include up to 5 choices.

Bubble Sheet Scanning and Multiple Choice Questions
Multiple-choice bubble sheets can be scanned with your document camera or our ASSIST app for iPhone or iPad and work with MC2 through MC5 question types.

If you have a test with a mix of question types up to MC5, choose the MC5 sheet, and let students disregard the extra bubbles. For example, if your first five questions are True/False, and the next forty are A-E, choose the MC5 option.

Remember that our bubble sheets only go up through the option E, or if you are using the alternate rows (ABCD/FGHJ) up to J.

*Tip for using MC6-MC12 questions with bubble sheets: Choose the "Short Answer" option when creating the assessment and enter the correct answer in the key. Then, have students leave that question blank on the bubble sheet and write their answer choice letter ("G," for example) on the back of the sheet. When you scan the bubble sheet, ALL In Learning will prompt you to manually grade questions that couldn't be scanned.

Engage & Learn and Multiple Choice Questions
Engage & Learn is able to be used with all multiple choice variations from MC2-MC12 in both slide-presentation mode and electronic bubble sheet mode.

Manual Grading and Multiple Choice Questions

All multiple choice options work with ALL In Learning's manual grading interface.

Multiple-Correct-Answer Questions
You can use Multiple-Correct-Answer questions in all grading methods of ALL In Learning except for clickers.


True/False & Yes/No Questions

A True/False questions or Yes/No question is functionally the same as an MC2 (A/B) question, and can be used with clickers and bubble sheets by translating A as Yes or True, and B as No or False (for younger students, you may need to display this information for their reference). Engage & Learn will display T/F and Y/N as such, as will the manual grading interface.


Short Answer Questions

Short Answer questions (also called Constructed Response questions, as they do not have to be short) are ideal for fill-in-the-blank questions, math questions, and even longer responses where the grading is deemed either correct or incorrect.

Bubble Sheet Scanning and Short Answer Questions

Even though Short Answer questions cannot be scanned in, you can still have them amidst other question types and use bubble sheets for your test. Students simply write their constructed response on a separate sheet ("11. George Washington," for example) and skip that question on the bubble sheet.

When you scan the bubble sheet, it will be assumed that they answered the short answer questions correctly. Click the "Hand" icon to manually grade those questions and click the correct/incorrect symbol to mark any wrong answers.

Note: Students should never write their answers on the front of the bubble sheet as it may render the sheet unscannable.

Engage & Learn and Short Answer Questions

Both the Engage & Learn iOS app and the Engage & Learn web interface for students can be used for Short Answer Questions. If the student typed in the answer exactly correctly(case-sensitive, space-sensitive, etc.), it will automatically be counted as correct. Click the "hand" icon next to their name to see what they entered and count it as correct or incorrect.

Student Work (Essay Questions)

Student Work can mean essays, projects, or performance questions, to be graded manually by a teacher using a multi-faceted rubric or a simple point slider. 

If your students are using computers, Chromebooks, or tablet devices, Student Work questions will have an option to submit an essay for teachers to review. 


Students will click the option to upload a file, link to a Google Doc, or Type in work directly.  Then they'll follow the steps and click to upload before moving on to the next question. 


Grading Student Work with a Rubric

ALL In Learning's rubric feature is based on grid-style rubrics which can be created, shared with your campus, used repeatedly, and can be graded easily by clicking the desired box.


  1. To create a rubric:
    Option 1: Go to Lessons/Assessments > Rubrics Library and click "Create a Rubric," and fill in the name and details. You can then select how many rows and columns it needs, enter descriptions, and set points and percentages as needed. Be sure to click Save & Close when done!
    Option 2: As you are creating a Key (Lessons/Assessments>My Lessons>Create New>Key), choose "Student Work" as the question type and select "Create New Rubric." Be sure to click Save & Close when done!
  2. To share a rubric with your campus:
    Go to Lessons/Assessments > Rubric Library > choose "Actions" next to your rubric, choose Share, and click "Update Sharing." Teachers at your campus will see it in their Rubric Library.
  3. To add a rubric to an assessment:
    When creating a lesson in Lessons/Assessments > My Lessons > Create New:
    Option 1: If Creating a Key, select "Student Work" as the question type and select the desired rubric from the list or click "Create New Rubric" (see "to create a rubric" option 1, above).
    Option 2: If creating a Custom Lesson, choose Insert>Question>Rubric>Add Rubric, and choose the rubric you wish to add from your rubric library.
  4. To assign weight to a rubric on a test:
    When initially added to a test, rubrics have the same weight as all other questions. See this article to see how to change question weights. The number of points available within your rubric do not affect the rubric's weight on your assessment automatically (though you can adjust the weighting to make it so), they affect the granularity of credit that will be deducted. For example, if your rubric has 10 possible points, credit for that question can be reduced in 10% increments. If it has 20 possible points, you can take away credit in 5% increments.
  5. To grade a rubric:
    Click the "hand" icon next to a student's name in the grading list (if scanning, do this after you scan their bubble sheet). To view an essay submitted on computers, Chromebooks, or tablets, click "View Student Work." Then to open and grade the rubric, click the "Rubric" button, view the rubric, and simply click the box that describes the student's performance on each given criteria on the left. If they didn't turn any work in, you must select "No Work Turned In." Then click Save & Close.


Rubric Questions and Bubble Sheet Scanning

Like the Short Answer question, a Rubric question can be integrated into a test meant for bubble sheet scanning. Scan the sheet and then click the "hand" icon to score the student work manually. Click the Rubric button to view the rubric and simply click the box that describes the student's performance on each given criteria on the left. If they didn't turn any work in, you must select "No Work Turned In." Then click Save & Close.


Grading Student Work with a Slider

The simple slider allows you to remove partial credit from a student's score on the question.


As with Rubrics, "Points" are not the weight or value of the question on the test, but the granularity of how much credit can be taken away. So, a 4-point rubric will let you remove credit in 25% increments.

More information on weighting and the relationship between rubrics and weighting, see this  article.


Slider Questions and Bubble Sheet Scanning

Like the Short Answer question, a Slider question can be integrated into a test meant for bubble sheet scanning. Scan the sheet and then click the "hand" icon to score the student work manually.


Placeholder Questions

The Placeholder option allows a question to be skipped without the question counting in the average or points at all - for or against the student. This has two primary uses:

  1. You can use a placeholder in your key if you have already handed out a written test but decide that a certain question shouldn’t be included. (Note: If you've already created your key you can accomplish the same thing by going ahead and grading it and then under Reports>Actions>Edit Key & Standards, use the Omit Question button.)
  2. Use a Placeholder if you would like to re-use a bubble sheet in which, say, the first ten questions have been used. You would be able to start a new test using bubbles 11-20, with 1-10 being placeholders.

Please note that if a teacher had assigned a 45 Question test and printed out a 60 Question bubble sheet that it is not necessary to assign Placeholders to Questions 46-60. During grading, the program will know what questions had questions and of what type, and grade appropriately.



Griddable Questions

While griddable grading is planned for a future update of ALL In Learning, there is currently not an automatic griddable grading option. However, there is a simple workaround:

When creating your test in ALL In Learning, use the Short Answer question type for that question and input the correct answer. Students will each get a bubble sheet and a separate sheet (or sheets) with any griddables you want to use (ones you already had access to or found online, for example). When you grade, first scan the bubble sheet, and then click the "hand" icon next to the student's name to mark their griddable correct or incorrect while looking at their griddable sheet. See this section for more details on grading short answer questions.

Also, note that griddable grading is planned in a future update of ALL In Learning!


Matching Questions

Matching questions can take all shapes and sizes and methods and there's not a specific Matching Question option. However, there are several good ways to do matching questions with ALL In Learning:

  1. Short Answer questions (See Short Answer Questions section above).
  2. Multiple Choice by using up to MC12 (A-L) and grading the questions manually or with Engage & Learn. (See Multiple Choice section above for more information.
  3. Multiple Choice 5 (MC5) by altering the questions so that they can fit into an MC4 or MC5 framework to be easily scanned or answered with clickers.


Weighting Questions

To change question weighting, and how Rubrics affect question weighting, please see our help desk article on this subject.


Other Question Types

"Survey" Questions

Almost any question type can be used for a survey - multiple choice options, short answers, true-false, etc. What matters most is how you will be grading them, that you get usable reports, and if you want the data to be anonymous.

Of course to build any assessment in ALL In Learning, whether it's a Quick Key or a full test with questions displayed to the participants, you'll have to designate "correct answers," but the correct answers can be disregarded when analyzing the survey results later. You can use bubble sheets, clickers, or Engage & Learn on student devices to grade survey assessments. Many teachers do small surveys regularly during class discussions using clickers On-the-Fly.

You also need "students" for the data to be collected and stored. If you don't mind the records being associated with identifiable students' data in ALL In Learning, you can use your normal class rosters or even build a roster of existing students. Note that because very large rosters may slow down performance, we recommend they be kept at 50 students or less.

If you want the records to be truly anonymous, you may need to create anonymous student records such as "Student 14532" and build rosters of them (this may require admin assistance if there are limitations on teachers creating or editing student records which could affect all users at your campus). Note that almost all of our reports can be exported and in excel the data can be combined, manipulated, and all identifying information removed.

Please feel free to contact Support if you're trying to decide how to do a survey. We'll be glad to help you figure out what methods will work best for your situation!


Character Recognition

Some teachers have asked us about character recognition for use in scanning short answers and essays. At this point, this as not an available grading option. For essays and other character-type questions, we recommend using Short Answer or Rubric Questions.

If you have questions about other question-type options, please let us know so we can include it here.


How to Convert a Question's Type in the Editor

You can use the Convert Slide to Question feature in the editor to change a question type.


  1. Select the slide on the left of the screen, click the Convert Slide to Question Icon, answer Yes or Ok when asked if you approve deleting question Data. This wipes away the underlying question functionality of the slide (as well as any standards and weighting) but will leave the visible slide for display.
  2. Select the slide again and click the Convert Slide to Question again. This will open up the Convert Slide to Question Modal, which you can use to apply whatever underlying question functionality you would like to that slide. The appearance of the slide will not change automatically.


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