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How to work with Question Types

With Ogment, you have 20 question types available (and counting!) from basic multiple choice to technology-enhanced items such as label image drag and drop or highlight text. Ogment also allows you to embed assessment items within videos (at any point of the video you’d like), audio, or text passages.


Available item types

The assessment items available in Ogment are:

  1. Multiple Choice: The user selects one answer from a list.

  2. Multiple Select: The user selects any number of possible answers from a list.

  3. Short Response: The user types an answer, which is checked against a list. If the student's answer matches an item on the list, it is considered correct. The student never sees the list. Best for short responses and for questions with a small range of factual answers, such as definitions, dates, locations, and names.

  4. Free Response: Also known as Open Response, Free Response, or Essay, the extended response question is a text editor where students can type and submit paragraphs of text. Great for writing-based questions. Works well with DOK levels 2, 3, and 4. Free Responses are not automatically scored.

  5. Fill In The Blank Typing: Also known as "cloze". The user sees text with blanks in the place of some words or phrases. The user clicks in the blanks and types their response. The system checks their response against a list of acceptable answers. If the student's response matches an item on the list, the student's response is marked correct.

  6. Fill in the Blank Drag Drop: Similar to Fill in the bank-typing with the change that a list of possible choices are presented to the student. That list contains every possible correct answer and every wrong answer that the teacher enters. The student can then drag their choice from the list into the appropriate blank. If they put the correct answer in its blank, that response is marked correct. It is possible to have multiple correct answers, as with Fill-in-the-blank-typing.

  7. Fill in the Blank Multiple Choice: Similar to the other two fill in the blanks, only now, each blank has its own dropdown menu from which students pick the correct answer. This question does not have a common pool of distractors, whereas the drag and drop type does.

  8. Classify: The teacher creates a table of columns and rows, and labels each. The student is presented with that table and a pool of correct answers. The student drags each answer from the pool into one of the table's cells. Every item in the pool must be placed.

  9. Label Image Typing: Students are presented with an image with empty labels pointing to different parts of the image. The user types text into each label. Each entry is checked against a list of correct answers. If it matches, that label is marked correct. The list of acceptable is answers is hidden from the student.

  10. Label Image Multiple Choice: Similar to the above, only each label has its own dropdown menu with choices. The student selects the correct one and each is marked correct.

  11. Label Image Drag Drop: Similar to the above, only a pool of possible answers and distractors are shown below the image. The student drags the text into each of the labels. The pool contains every possible correct answer and every distractor that the teacher enters.

  12. Free Draw: Free Draw is a question type which allows students to draw their solution directly on the image selected.
  13. True-False: The student is presented with a list of statements in the first column, and radio buttons for true and false in the second and third. Each statement is either true or false; each of the student's responses is marked correct or incorrect accordingly.

  14. Multiple Choice Table: The student is presented with words or phrases in the left column, and a series of radio button choices in the subsequent columns. Each statement has one correct answer; the student selects that and moves on to the next.

  15. Select Text: User is presented with a body of text. Some words or phrases can be selected. The student selects different areas according to the question's instructions. The system then checks if each block should be selected, and scores the question accordingly.

  16. Highlight Text: A variant of Select Text. Instead of the student choosing between pre-defined phrases or words, the student must choose what text they should highlight to answer the question. The range they highlight is then checked against the correct range that the teacher defined.

  17. Order List: The student is presented with a vertical list of items. They must drag and drop the items to order the list in the correct sequence.

  18. Order Sentences: The student is presented with a paragraph of text. Each phrase or sentence can be rearranged. The student must arrange the sentences in the correct order.

  19. Video with Questions: Students are presented with questions throughout the course of a video clip. The video plays, and at certain points in the video (as determined by the teacher), a question pops up. Any question type can be inserted into “Video with questions”. For a more in-depth explanation of the Video with Questions question type, see the article “How to use Video with Questions”.

  20. Audio with Questions: Students are presented with questions throughout the course of an audio clip. The audio plays, and at certain points (as determined by the teacher), a question pops up. Any question type can be inserted into “Audio with Questions”. For a more in-depth explanation of the Audio with Questions question type, see the article “How to use Audio with Questions”.

  21. Passage with Questions: Students are presented with questions alongside a piece of text. Any question type can be inserted “Passage with Questions”. For a more in-depth explanation of the Passage with Questions question type, see the article “How to use Passage with Questions”.


    Each item type includes an exemplar. Once you’ve chosen an item type,
    Click “Exemplar” on the gray bar at the top of the question editor.

    A pre-populated example of that particular question type will appear.

Creating an Assessment Question

All item types work the same way—just use drag and drop!

  1. Click on the “Tools” tab in the Lesson Editor.
  2. Under “Question Types”, choose the question type you’d like to use in your lesson.
  3. Drag and drop that item type where you’d like it to go in the lesson.

  4. The item you added will get a red dashed line surrounding the box. This indicates the question is incomplete. Click the “pencil” icon on the question type card that you just added to the lesson.
  5. Now you are ready to author questions!

  6. At any time during the authoring process, you can preview the question to see what it will look like when you present to a class or assign it to students.

  7. Once you have finished authoring a question, click the “save” button on the top right of the screen in the black bar. If the question is missing some information, a warning message will appear. 
  8. Clicking "No" will return you tot he main Lesson Editor. Clicking "Yes" will leave you in this question, allowing you to add the missing information. Red labels appear to draw your attention to what information is missing. 
  9. These labels will remain until you add the information. 

Advanced Question Editor


Adding standards at the question level
Ogment allows you to assign standards not only at the lesson level, but also at the individual question level. Once you’ve selected a question type.

  1. Choose “Advanced” bar at the bottom of the question editor.
  2. Under “standards”, click the “+ add standard” button, which brings you to the “Browse State Standards” page. 
  3. Follow the same procedure to add a standard as you did on the lesson info page. For an in-depth look at how to add standards, see the Help article “What are the required fields in the Lesson Info section?

  4. When you’re finished, click the “Add” button.

    The standard you added will now appear under the word “Standards”.

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Assistance

Ogment provides Depth of Knowledge assistance for authoring questions. Once you’ve selected a question type:

  1. Choose “Advanced” bar at the bottom of the question editor.
  2. Click the DOK level you’d like the question to be.

  3. Choose a DOK key verb from the dropdown menu.

  4. A sample question stem will appear that uses the DOK key verb you’ve chosen.

  5. To use the stem in your question, click the “use this” button.
Ogment also includes many graphic organizers to use in your lessons. To learn about the graphic organizers, check out the article “How to incorporate Graphic Organizers”.