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Drag and drop into text question type
Last modified on 26 June 2023 12:12 PM

A drag and drop question requires the test taker to drag missing words into a paragraph of text.

How to create a question

  1. Complete all required fields. The descriptive name is only for your reference and is not visible to students.
  2. Enter your question into the editor.
  3. Use double square brackets '[[n]]' with a number in place of the word you wish the students to find:

Add the missing words or phrases in the correctly numbered boxes in the 'Choice' section. (You may add extra ones to make the question harder.) If you tick 'Shuffle' the display order will be shuffled:

Use of the following markup is acceptable for this question type:

  • <sub> (subscript)
  • <sup> (superscript)
  • <b> (bold)
  • <i> (italics)
  • <em> (italics)
  • <strong> (bold)


Choices that are within the same Group are colour coded and may only be dropped in a gap of the corresponding colour. Choices that are marked as 'Unlimited may be used in multiple locations.

In the example below, Group 1 are verbs and Group 2 are possessive adjectives:

The students see Group 1 as white boxes and Group 2 as grey boxes:

Note: It is not possible to make a drag box containing multiple lines. A workaround is to list long sentences as text, and place a label next to it for students to drag.

Scoring and Feedback

All gaps are weighted identically. Only gaps that are filled correctly gain marks. There is no negative marking of gaps that are filled incorrectly.

Advanced Options for Scoring and Feedback

In interactive with multiple tries mode Combined feedback is shown after every try as well as when the question completes.

The option ‘Show the number of correct responses’ is overridden in interactive with multiple tries mode by the same settings in the ‘Settings for multiple tries’ section of the editing form.

Penalty for each incorrect try: The available mark is reduced by the penalty for second and subsequent tries. In the example above a correct answer at the second try will score 0.6666667 of the available marks and a correct answer at the third try will score 0.3333334 of the available marks.

If the question is used in 'interactive with multiple tries' behaviour the marking is modified as follows:

  1. The mark is reduced for each try by the penalty factor.
  2. Allowance is made for when a correct choice is first chosen providing it remains chosen in subsequent tries.

Hint: You can complete as many of these boxes as you wish. If you wish to give the student three tries at a question you will need to provide two hints. During the attempt, when the hints are exhausted, the question will finish and the student will be given the general feedback and the question score will be calculated.

Clear incorrect responses: When ‘Try again’ is clicked incorrect choices are cleared.

Show the number of correct responses: Include in the feedback a statement of how many choices are correct.


Drag and drop questions are keyboard accessible. Use the Tab-key to move between the gaps and the Space-key to cycle around the possible choices for each gap.

Using blanks as a response

If you require a blank to be draggable as a response option, you will need to input a non-breaking space. i.e. type &nbsp in the Text editor.

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