An Introduction to Question Types

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  What is a Question Type?

The Edify Tool offers various assessment question types to create tailored assessment experiences for your students. This user guide provides a comprehensive overview of each question type and tips and instructions for creating quality assessments using the Edify Tool.


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Scenario Questions

Scenario questions serve as a parent question for multi-part assessments and can contain various section components called child questions. They also feature an optional content area for providing context or additional information relevant to all child questions.

The child question number format can be set to:

  • Decimal (1, 2, 3, …) – Default
  • Upper Alpha (A, B, C, …)
  • Lower Alpha (a, b, c, …)
Example of a Scenario Question


In a vocational education and training course focused on cookery, you should assess your student's ability to handle food safety and hygiene in a professional kitchen setting. A scenario question can provide a context where students must apply their knowledge and skills to address potential food safety concerns.

Parent Question

You are the head chef at a popular restaurant that serves various hot and cold dishes. One busy evening, you notice a few potential food safety issues that must be addressed immediately. Consider the following situations and answer the questions below:

  • One of your kitchen staff members handles raw meat and immediately prepares a salad without washing their hands.
  • A cold dish is accidentally left on the counter for 45 minutes before being served.
  • A cook notices that a cutting board used for raw chicken still has residue after being washed.

Child Question/s

  • Explain the potential risks of each situation and how they might impact the customers.
  • Describe the appropriate food safety procedures that should have been followed in each case to prevent these issues.
  • Propose two additional measures you would implement as the head chef to maintain food safety standards in your kitchen."

In this example, the scenario question places students in a realistic professional kitchen environment. The child questions prompt them to apply their knowledge of food safety practices to address specific situations. This assessment helps evaluate their understanding of food safety principles and their ability to implement them in real-world contexts.

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Essay Questions

Essay questions consist of a question-and-answer text. Learners can submit their answers in different formats, such as:

  • Written Response (Text Entry)
  • Attaching Files
  • Recording Videos

Student View



Table Questions

Table questions include question text, answer content (before and after the answer table), and an answer table within the question text. Use the TinyMCE toolbar to customise answer cells. Learners can submit their answers by:

  • Attaching files
  • Recording videos

Note: For multi-part questions, use scenario questions instead of table questions.

Student View


Info Box

An Info box is a component block that gives additional information or instructions related to an Assessment section and/or Questions. The Info box itself is non-gradable and does not contribute towards the learner’s progress of completing the assessment. The Info Box does not have a direct connection to any questions (unlike Scenario and child questions). By default, Info Boxes are included in the Knowledge Questions, Projects, and Practical Assessment sections.

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Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions comprise question text and a series of answer options, with one or more correct answers. These questions can be included in auto-marked sections.

Student View



Short Answer Questions

Short answer questions feature question text and a set of possible answers. They can also be included in auto-marked sections.

Student View



True/False Questions

True/False questions consist of question text followed by a series of statements that can be designated as true or false. These questions can be part of auto-marked sections as well.

Student View




Tasks are interactive components designed for performance-based assessments, where the trainer or a third party can observe learners. Both learners and trainers can upload evidence to demonstrate performance or progress.

Student View


Drag and Drop into Text questions

Drag and Drop into text questions provide interactive assessment options including:

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Categorisation
  • Labelling

Similar to other question types, Drag and Drop into Text Questions support auto marking functionality for both gradable and non gradable assessment sections.

Example of Fill in the blanks (Student View)
Example of Categorisation (Student View)
Example of Labelling (Student View)

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