When creating an assessment, you can create an essay / short answer question (SAQ) in New Quizzes. In an Essay / SAQ question, students are required to enter a text response. You can also add word count, word limit, spell-check, and Rich Content Editor options for students’ responses.
You can also add grading notes to an essay or SAQ question. Grading notes will display next to the question as a reference to help you grade student responses.
To create an essay question in New Quizzes, complete the following steps.
- Create a quiz with New Quizzes.
See Creating a New Quizzes
Quiz in Canvas (formerly
- In the quiz builder, ensure that the Build tab is open.
the + icon. The Insert Content dialog box
- Select + Essay.
- In the Question
Title field, enter
a question title. Question titles are
optional and are not visible to
- In the Enter
Question/Prompt field, enter
the prompt for the essay question. You
can use the Rich Content
Editor to format and add content to
- Optional: You can enable various
tools for students to use when answering
an essay question.
- To allow students to use an on-screen
calculator, select the Show
calculator checkbox. When
you select this option, you can choose
either a basic or scientific
calculator. The basic calculator
displays numbers and basic math
functions (add, subtract, multiply,
divide). The scientific calculator
displays more options for advanced
- To disable the Rich Content Editor,
clear the Rich Content
Editor checkbox. The Rich
Content Editor is enabled for students
- To enable spell-check, select
the Spell-check checkbox.
- To enable word count tracking, select
the Show Word
- To set a word limit for the Essay
question, select the Set Word
Limit checkbox. You
can set a minimum and maximum word
limit for student answers.
- Optional: To add grading notes,
click Grading Notes and enter
notes in the text field.
- Optional: To align the question to an
outcome, click anywhere in the Align to
- Optional: To add the question to an item bank,
click Item Banking, then
click Add to Bank.
- Optional: To customise the point value for the
question, type the point value in
the Points field or use the arrows to increase
or decrease the
- Optional: To leave feedback for students, click
the feedback icon , enter
the feedback, and click Done.
- To save the question, click Done.
Note: The on-screen calculator option is intended to be used while displaying one question at a time. If the assessment does not display one question at a time, students may be able to use the calculator for all questions.
Note: After a question has been added to an item bank, it can only be edited in the item bank. You can still set unique point values and options in the assessment for an item bank question.