The assignment builder

The SimplyLearn test builder provides a quick, intuitive way to add, edit, move & delete all the questions in your test. This article explains how to use every aspect of the test builder.

Accessing the test builder

Going via the “Assignment” menu

  1. Navigate to SimplyLearn > TESTS. 
  2. Hover over an existing test or create a new test
  3. Click the “Builder” link

Via the course builder

  1. Navigate to your specific course
  2. Hover over an existing assignment
  3. Click on “edit”

Add questions to your test

To add a brand new question to a test:

  1. At the bottom of the test builder, click the + New Question link
  2. Type the name of your question (internal use only)
  3. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Question” button

Add an existing question to a test

All of your existing questions can be found in the “Questions” box in the sidebar. By default, your most recent questions are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all questions or use the search box to find a specific question by its title. You can easily add these existing questions to your test. 

Editing the questions

Questions have a few different parts to them, so let’s cover each area one at a time.

Question Title

Like we previously mentioned, the title is only for internal use, but it can be extremely helpful for the admin to find/edit questions on the backend.

To edit the question title in the quiz builder:

For all other edits to the question, or its answers, you need to expand the question by clicking on the blue down arrow on the right. Alternatively, you can expand all questions at once using the “Expand All” link at the top of the quiz builder.


To edit the actual text of the question, the text that will be displayed for the course participant, do this:


Editing answers in the quiz builder will depend on the question type. Different types have different options. As soon as you select the question type, your answer options will update below.

Question type

Simplylearn 3.0 offers a wide range of different question types.

  • Single choice: There is only one correct answer. You can add as many incorrect answers as you want. Check the “Allow HTML” box if you’d like to use HTML in your answer add. You can also add media elements by clicking the “Add Media” button. HTML and media insertion is also possible for multiple-choice and matrix question types. 
  • Multiple choice: Supports multiple correct answers. In order for the question to be marked correct, users must select ALL of the correct answers. 
  • Free choice: Free choice questions give the user an input field where they must type the correct answer. You can choose to accept only one answer or multiple possible answers. Capitalization does not matter. BLUE, Blue and blue are all scored the same.
  • Sorting choice: Sorting choice questions ask the user to place a series of answers in the correct order. When creating the question, the order of the answers in the backend will be considered the correct order.
  • Matrix sorting choice: Matrix sorting questions should be used when you want the user to match two items together. There are two parts to a matrix sorting question, first, a criterion, these are static and cannot be moved. Then you should add elements, these are what users will drag >and drop to the correct criterion. Criterion: These are static & cannot be moved.
  • Fill in the blank: allow you to insert a blank line(s) in the middle of a sentence or paragraph. Users then type the correct answer into this empty field. Capitalization does not matter. PLAY, Play and play are all scored the same. Blank spaces are created by providing the correct answer inside of curly braces { and }.
  • Assessment (Survey): This question type is perfect for surveys, or any time you’re asking a user to rate something on a scale. You can add text/images before and/or after the scale. Enclose the entire assessment with curly braces { and }, Enclose each individual answer with square brackets [ and ].
  • Open answer: Essay questions allow the user to enter a free-form answer. You can choose between two types of essay questions:
    • Text Box: Displays a <textarea> form field for the user to enter any text they’d like.
    • Upload: Displays an upload button that allows the user to upload a file.

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