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Add a new question: Drag and Drop

Step-by-step instructions on how to add a new question of the drag and drop type

This article describes how you can add a new question of drag and drop type, to your biz:Examiner authoring environment.

The first steps

Adding a new question is common across all question types. To see how to add a new question, see Add a new question.

Add new drag and drop type question

In the drag and drop question type, the participants can drag & drop elements on an interface to answer the question. The question asks participants to drop draggable elements (images) so they match logically with predefined reference points (drop spaces) on a background image.

To add a new drag and drop type question, follow the steps below.

  1. Select ‘Drag and Drop’ as the question type. The ‘New question’ dialog box opens that shows the question type as ‘Drag and drop’.
  2. In ‘Title’, write the title of this question. This title appears in the list of topics.
  3. In ‘Language’, select a language that you want to use in the question.
  4. In ‘Tags’, write one or more tags for this question. These tags can be the keywords for this question that you can use to search a question anytime.
  5. Click on ‘Create’ to save this new question. You can click on ‘Back’ to select another type of question to get started.

When a new question is added to the list of topics, a yellow color icon shows in the topic title. It means that the question is not activated.

Complete the question details and advanced settings

The ‘Question text’ tab

The ‘Question text’ tab is selected by default. Write the question text here.

Text editor for formatting

A text editor is available to format the question content for styling options. Please see Common reference to add a new question: Using text editor, for the detailed instructions.

The menu options

The text editor shows a menu bar where a set of menus show you the basic text editor options, and a few additional and advanced actions to set up the right structure of the questions’ text as required. Please see Common reference to add a new question: Using menus, for the detailed instructions.


You have an option to add an instruction for this question. Instructions are common for the same question types. If another ‘Drag and drop’ type question already has one or more instructions in any language, these instructions are available in this new ‘Drag and drop’ type question in the same language, for your use.

  1. Click on the ‘Edit’ icon and the ‘Edit instructions’ dialog box opens.
  2. Click on ‘Add instruction’.
  3. In ‘Language’, select a language for the instruction text.
  4. In ‘Instruction text’ write the content for the instruction.
  5. Click on ‘Save’ to save this instruction.

Follow the same steps to add more instructions and you can select any one instruction, anytime when you edit this question.

The ‘Background image’ tab

Add a background image for this question. Select the ‘Background image’ tab.

The ‘Upload background image’ dialog opens. You can upload a background image.

If the question contains one or more images, these are listed in this dialog box, and you can select any of these as the background image. In the ‘Images available for all questions’ tab, you can see a list of all the questions that are available in all the questions, in this topic. Select any of these images to set it as the background image of this question.

The ‘Draggable elements’ tab

You can add multiple elements that the participants can drag and drop on the image that you have set up in the ‘Background image’ tab.

Each element gives you options to upload its image, and add one or more properties.

Edit element to insert an image

  1. For the first draggable element, click on the image icon or on the edit icon to add the new element.
  2. The ‘Insert image’ dialog box opens.
  3. Images already part of the question are available for quick selection through the ‘Images in this question’ tab of the dialog box. In the ‘Images available for all questions’ tab you can see a list of all the images that are available across all questions for this owner.
  4. Select any of these images to use it as a draggable element in this question.

Element properties

Each element must have one or more properties. When you set up the drop spaces, you can select these properties to set up the mapping between draggable elements and the drop spaces.

For every element that you add you have options to:

  • Use the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ arrows to move these up or down respectively, to set the order or sequence of their appearance for the participants.
  • Use the ‘Edit’ icon to change the image if required.

The ‘Drop space’ tab

Create one or more custom-sized drop spaces where the participants can drop the draggable elements. By default one drop space is available.

  • The coordinates show the top left corner of the shape when it appears on the image. For example, as you write the height and width, the shape changes in real time. When you move the shape around, the coordinates change accordingly.
  • Height: Write the height of shape in pixels.
  • Width: Write the width of shape in pixels.
  • Correct points: Write the points that the participants score if they drop the elements correctly. A drag element is dropped correctly, when at least one property form the drag element is matching the property from the drop space.
  • Wrong points: Write the points that the participants score if they drop the elements wrongly, or if they do not meet all the conditions that you define for the drag drop action. If you assign negative points for the wrong or incomplete answer, the negative points apply only if you check the corresponding option in the ‘Options’ tab.
  • Accept multiple drag elements: Select ‘Yes’ to enable the participants to drop multiple drag elements in this drop space. Select ‘No’ to restrict this option and the participants can drop only one draggable element in this drop space.

Set up drop property

When you add draggable elements, you define one or more properties of each element. In ‘Drop properties’, select a property that sets up the correct mapping between its draggable element and this drop space.

  1. Click on the ‘Drop property’ icon.
  2. Select a property from the list.
  3. Click on the tick sign, to associate the selected property with this drop space.
  4. Follow the steps 1 to 3 to set up more properties to this drop space.

If required, click on the cross icon to remove the property from this drop space.

Add more drop spaces

  1. Click on ‘new drop target area’ and a new drop target shape appears with default height and width at the corner on the interface.
  2. Follow the same steps to define its coordinates, height, width, and properties, to define it as part of this question. The participants will need to drop the draggable elements into these drop spaces.

Follow the same steps to add more drop spaces.

When you have multiple drop spaces visible on the image and want to edit the properties or attributes of any drop space, click on its small anchor point on the shape to select it. You can see the height, width, points, properties, and other settings and make changes, as required.

Remove a drop space

For any drop space that you add and set up for its size and location, click on the remove icon available next to the coordinates. biz:Examiner asks you to confirm if you want to remove it.

The ‘Options’ tab

The ‘Evaluation settings’ enable you to set up point scoring settings for the question.

In ‘Evaluation type’, there is an option to set up the point scoring for the entire question or for each answer in the question.

  • Select ‘Award points per answer’ option to award the points for each answer within this question.
  • Select ‘Award points for question’ option to award the points for the entire question.

Points settings

  • In ‘Negative points possible’: Select ‘Yes’ if the participants can secure negative points for this question and select ‘No’ if the participants cannot secure negative points for this question.
  • In ‘Define max points for question’: Select ‘Yes’ to set up a max points that participants can score for this question, and select ‘No’ if there is no max points limit.
  • In ‘Ignore question in result calculation when not answered’: Select ‘Yes’ if you want that the points scored in this question are not included in the exam result, if the question is not answered. For example, if the exam settings mean that an unanswered question invites some negative score. In that case, this setting here in ‘Ignore question in result calculation when now allowed’ enables you to bypass that exam setting.

General settings

In ‘Show info overlay when jumping to the question’, you can add and use information overlays to add additional messages. For example, a tooltip like help text to explain something. Please see Common reference to add a new question: Using info overlays, for the detailed instructions.

For the selected info overlay, select ‘Show hint in drop zone’ to show this info overlay on the drop area.

Select ‘Drop space borders should not be magnetic’ to enable the draggable element to auto-fit into the drop space as soon as it enters the inner border of the drop space.

Select ‘Show question text in split panel (not available in preview)’ to show the question text in a column view when the participants answer this question. Select ‘show in left panel’ or ‘show in right panel’ to show the question in the left side or right side column of the answer space, respectively.

The ‘Preview’ tab

You can use the ‘Try out question’ option available in the ‘Preview’ tab, to see how the participants can respond to this question. Select the ‘Preview’ tab, and you can see the elements that you have defined.

Drag the elements to the drop spaces that you see on the image. Use different options such as to verify the conditions whether you can drop multiple drag elements in the same drop space.

Select the ‘Show feedback’ option to see the feedback when you try out the question even for your own reference.

Click on ‘Try out question’, and the result appears. In the feedback, you can see:

  • Drag elements in ‘green’ color means that the element is dropped correctly.
  • Drag elements in ‘red’ color means that the element is dropped wrongly.
  • Drag elements in ‘grey’ color means that the element is not dropped.
  • Drop spaces in ‘yellow’ color means that some elements are missing and the participants did not drop all the elements meant for these srop spaces.

For all these drag elements and drop spaces in all the colors, the properties are shown that explain the mapping.

The other tabs

For the instructions on the ‘Options’ tab, the ‘Feedback’ tab, the ‘Media/Resources’ tab, the ‘Information’ tab, the ‘Topics’ tab, and the ‘Preview’ tab, please see Add a new question for details.

Save options

  • Click on ‘Save’ to save these details in the question. When you use the ‘Save’ option, the question does not impact the exam if it is added to an exam. In a way, the question is saved as a draft and you can add it to an exam, anytime.
  • Click on ‘Save and activate’ to save the question, and to activate it. This means that the question is locked now and is ready to be added to an exam. If you make any changes in the question or its settings after you use ‘Save and activate’, the question is saved as the next revision for an exam.
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