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Creating Open Response Questions on a Test

An open response (previously called subjective) question is handwritten answer, such as an essay or short answer question. Remark Test Grading Cloud allows you to review the handwritten response and enter the points earned on the question, to be added to the total score on the test.

When in the test editor, to add an Open Response Question click “Add” and choose “Open Response” from the dropdown.

Primary Settings

The first section in the editor is the “Primary” section. This is where you can format your subjective section.

Here you can input the maximum and minimum points to be awarded for this section.

Next, you choose the formatting of the question. There are three options: Show a Write-in box, Show bubbles for assigning points (grading) and both Show a Write-in box and Show bubbles for assigning points(grading).

“Show a write-in box” inserts an area for students to write their response. After the forms are scanned and uploaded to Remark Test Grading Cloud, you review them on-screen and enter the points earned.

  • When you choose an option with a Write-In Box included, you have a few more formatting decisions you have to make by clicking the Write-in Box tab:
  • The Write-In Box Line Style is how the box will appear on the page. There’s the option of No Lines, Horizontal Lines, or Grid Lines (great for graphing). You then can choose your box height to either be custom, a set number of pages, or fit to the rest of the page you are currently working on. When you choose the custom height, you will be prompted to determine how many rows you would like the box to be.

“Show bubbles for assigning points (grading)” inserts bubbles for you to fill in the score of the student’s subjective answer. In this case, you would read the response prior to scanning the students' tests and bubble in the points earned on the answer sheet. 

“Show a write-in box” and "Show bubbles for assigning points (grading)" combines the two categories listed above. In this case you are entering the points earned for the question prior to scanning the completed tests. You can customize the "Instructor Use Only" text that appears next to the bubbles so that students do not write in the area. Use the same options on the Write-In Box tab as above.

Bubbles Only


Bubbles with Write-In-Box, Horizontal Lines

Write-In Box Only, Grid Lines 

Design Settings

The second section of the editor is “Design”, which can be accessed at the top of the section editor.

In this section, you have the opportunity to add a section title and determine the question number with which to start the section.

The section title is not a required field to add the open response section. This title can be used to differentiate between different sections you may have on your test.

The second part of the Design section is the starting question number. This allows you to decide what number to use for your question numbering. The number is based off of the rest of your test.

For Example:

If you have a section on your form before this new section that ends on Question 40, you have two options:

-You can leave the box blank, which will label this question with the next number in the sequence (41), or

-You can determine your own value to start the section. Determining your own value to start your section allows you to input any alphabetical or numerical value up to 4-digits long.

Layout Settings

The next part you can edit is the Layout section by clicking “Layout” at the top of the section editor.

In this part you can determine where the open response section will appear on your form.

First, you will have to choose your alignment: Full-Width or Side-By-Side.

Full-Width will format the section to fit across the entire width of the page.

Side-By-Side will format the section to fit next to another subjective section if both are formatted to have no line breaks.




Once you have formatted the question as desired, click the Save  Section button.

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