Fill in the Blank

1. Question Type:
· Fill-In-The-Blanks

2. Define:
· A type of question or phrase with one or more words replaced with a blank line, giving the reader the chance to add the missing word(s)
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3. Advantages and Disadvantages:

· Easy to write
· Limits guessing
· Can be constructed quickly
· Vocabulary can be assess easily
· The correct answer may not be as obvious as multiple choice
· May be appropriate for students who can’t formulate answers on their own ( e.g. ESL)
· May be numerous possible correct answers and is therefore harder to mark than multiple choice
· Understanding is likely to be trivial / recall/ knowledge level – not higher level thinking
· Can be ambiguous to what the teacher is looking for, Might confuse students if context of sentence is not obvious
· Fill-in-the-Blank questions are certainly more difficult to use for test of conceptual and procedural understanding and ability

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4. Characteristics
· Fill in the blanks questions allow student to fill in one or more short answer

5. Tips on creating question
· Leave only important terms blank.
  • Keep items brief.
  • Limit the number of blanks per statement to one, at the most two for older students.
  • Limit the response called for to single words or very brief phrases.
  • Try to put the blanks near the end of the statement
  • Try to ensure that only one term fits each blank.
  • Indicate the units if the answer called for involves a numerical measure.
  • Ensure that there is only one answer to limit confusion when marking or give students credit for unanticipated yet correct responses.
· Provide a word Bank
· Let students know if spelling counts
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6. Examples
· Good Example
1) A plant cell has two additional features compared to an animal cell. The [cell wall] is a unique structure in plant cells, and the _[chloroplast]_ are a unique organelle to plant cells.
2) The hereditary information is located within the _[nucleus]_.
3) The _[mitochondria] produces energy in both plant and animal cells.
· Bad Example A. An animal cell can have
_[cilia]_ and/or a _[flagellum]_ where as a plant cell would not.
*question could be misleading to students because we teach them that plant cells are unique from animal cells because they have chloroplasts and a cell wall. Students may see the two blanks and not read the question clearly and fill in the opposite answers. B. Lack of water to a plant will cause it to

[wilt/die] because the [vacuole/cytoplasm]__ will have shrunk.

*question has too many possible answers and not one specific word

7. Considerations for identified students
· Supplementary word banks
· Give the students hints about the type of word ( i.e. verb, noun, etc)
· Have the students complete the test orally
· Don’t mark for spelling
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8. Other useful information
· How to create tests questions and rubrics with Microsoft Office
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