(Last Updated: September 5, 2018)

To assess knowledge acquisition of learners, using Fill in Blank questions is a good strategy. Learn how to create this question type right now.

Overview of Fill in Blank Questions

In short, a Fill in Blank question can be a graded or survey question. It includes a phrase, sentence, or paragraph with a blank text box. This text box is where learners enter text as their answer.

Here is a typical example of a Fill in Blank question.

Working with Fill in Blank Questions

Fill in Blank questions give you some advantages. First, they help reduce the possibility of learners guessing answers correctly. Second, they provide effective ways to assess specific knowledge of learners such as principles and definitions. So, make use of this question type to track learner progress.

Create a Fill in Blank Question

Next parts show you full details about how to create a Fill in Blank question.

Insert a Fill in Blank Question

In ActivePresenter 7, the Fill in Blank button aims at creating Fill in Blank questions. When clicking this button, the app adds a Fill in Blank question as a new question slide.

To insert a Fill in Blank question, do any of the following:

  • In the Interactions tab > Fill in Blank Working with Fill in Blank Questions.
  • In the Home tab > Interactions > Fill in Blank.

Then, you see a question slide like this.

Working with Fill in Blank Questions

A Fill in Blank question has three parts. The top text box is where to add the question title. The middle part contains an answer field. The third part has feedback messages and a Submit button.

Regarding this question type, keep in mind these things:

  • A Fill in Blank question has only one blank (text box). If you want to have more blanks, consider using Fill in Multiple Blanks questions.
  • In some other question types, you can type text directly in the question. But this is unavailable to Fill in Blank question.
  • You’re free to format and style the text box like you do with a normal text box object. See Working with Text Box for more details.  

Note: To change the tab order value, first select the question. Then, access the Properties pane > Interactivity > General. For next steps, see Using Tab Order.

Tip: After customizing the answer text box, if the changes don’t please you, right-click the text box and select Reset Placeholder. Then, the app removes all changes and brings the default text box back to you.

Set Correct Answer

The app allows you to set more than one correct answer. To set a correct answer, take these steps:

Step 1: In the Properties pane > Interactivity > General.

Step 2: Click Add Value (1) to display a blank box. Then, type your answer into this box.

Working with Fill in Blank Questions

To delete the answer, click Remove (2).

Tip:

  • You can type anything to the box, from alphabet to special characters.
  • Apart from typing the answer, you can copy and paste text from other places to the box.   

Set Score & Reporting

ActivePresenter gives you many useful options to set score and reporting. These options are available in the Score & Reporting section.

To access this section, select the question first. Then, go to the Properties pane > Interactivity > Score & Reporting.

Working with Fill in Blank Questions

Consider these:

  • Mode: Select Graded or Survey to create a graded or survey question.
  • Password Field: Make the answer as a password field. Then, entered characters will be shown as asterisks.
  • Case Sensitive: Select this option to make uppercase and lowercase characters to be treated differently. In other words, learners have to exactly enter each letter of a word as required.   
  • Submit: Specify the short key for the submission. Select Auto, and the answer will be automatically submitted when finishing.
  • Variable: Define the variable to take place. See Understanding Variables for more details.

For more information, see Creating Quizzes.

Add Events – Actions

Like other question types, True/False questions also have default events and actions. But you can change them or make them more advanced as you wish.

To do that, first, select the question. Then, access the Properties pane > Interactivity > Events – Actions. This is what you’ll see.

Working with Fill in Blank Questions

Basically, a Fill in Blank question has four events: On Text Enter, On Correct, On Incorrect, On Timeout, On Incomplete, On Rollover, and On Rollout. Mind the following:

  • On Text Enter: Define actions for each entered text value.
  • On Rollover: Occur when the mouse rolls over the text box. In other words, the app triggers this event when the mouse enters the boundary of the text box.
  • On Rollout: Occur when the mouse rolls out of the text box. In other words, the app triggers this event when the mouse exits the boundary of the text box.

See Working with Events – Actions to learn more.

Insert Feedback Messages

The app provides default feedback messages, but you can remove them or add more if you want. This facility allows you to give learners feedback on what they did wrong and where they need to improve. See Working with Feedback Messages to get more details.

That’s all about working with Fill in Blank questions in ActivePresenter 7. Hope that this helps you a lot.