Essay Question Type

Creating an Essay Question

The Essay Question type gives the student room to compose a few sentences or paragraphs in response to a question. This must then be scored manually by an instructor. For more information, see Manual Grading.

NOTE: For longer essays, it is recommended that instructors use the Assignment Activity as the Essay question is intended for no more than a couple of paragraphs of text. 

  1. Log in to the CLE (
  2. If you haven't already created a quiz (see the CLE Quiz page to review the steps for adding a quiz), go to Course administration>Question bank and click the 'Create a new question' button, then select 'Essay'.

  3. If you've already created a quiz, go to the Edit quiz screen and select 'Add a new question' from the Add drop down menu, then 'Essay'.

  4. Give the question a descriptive name so that you can find it in the Question bank.

  5. Fill in the 'Question text' field with your question. This will be the title and details of the essay you want them to write.

  6. Set the 'default mark' as well as any 'General Feedback' if necessary. This is the text that the student sees after you have graded their essay.

Response options

  • You can select a maximum and minimum word count for the Essay question in the CLE. 

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  • If students write too few or too many words, they will receive an alert.


Essay Question Resources

The Essay Question Type 




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