Question options

This article will cover the Question options that are available across all question types when authoring a question.


Standard features

Question options are available for all question types. The following Question options are available:

  • Marks: How the question is scored
  • Mark Scheme: The ability to create a mark scheme for the question
  • Feedback: Automatic feedback linked to the question
  • Main illustration: Add an image, or embed code as a header to the question
  • PDF Panel: Add a PDF as stimulus to the left of the screen
  • Labels: Tag the questions to aid in sorting and filtering within the Question Bank.





There are several ways of setting up marks for automatically marked questions vs. manually marked questions. 

To learn more about Marks, visit our Help Center articles:

Threshold values

This feature requires activation. 

Calculate marks on questions by using threshold levels. Available for all automatically marked questions except Matching/Pairing, Drag and drop, Hotspot and Code compile. 

To learn more about Threshold values, visit our Help Center article Thresholds on question level.

Bands and Criteria

This feature requires activation. 

Award marks by using bands and criteria. This feature is available for the question types Essay and Oral

To learn more about Bands and Criteria, visit our Help Center article Bands and Criteria.


This feature requires activation. 

Award marks by using criterias. This feature is available for the question types Essay and Oral

To learn more about Criterias, visit our Help Center article Criteria marking.


This feature requires activation. 

Award marks by using Rubrics. This feature is available for the question types Essay, Oral, Text Area, Upload Assignment, Programming, Math working, and Audio Record.

To learn more about Rubrics, visit our Help Center article Rubrics overview.


Mark Scheme

This feature requires activation.


Mark scheme can be added to the question for the graders to use in the grading process.

To learn more about Mark schemes, visit our Help Center article Mark scheme for questions.



This feature requires activation.


Predefined feedback can be added per question or per alternative.

To learn more about Feedback, visit our Help Center article Predefined feedback per question and per alternative.


Main illustration


All questions can make use of illustrative media in the heading. You can use the following media:

  • Image (supported formats: *.jpg, *.gif, *.png)
  • Embed code (ie. embed code from Youtube to show a video)

Within the Questions options, select the Main illustration drop-down. The default is set to None. Choose either Image or Embed code.

While the player will resize the image for the candidates, keep in mind that larger images will take longer to load and that scaling the image before adding it is recommended. A width of around 800 pixels is recommended. 

Note that Inspera does not change or verify the embedded content, and we recommend Authors verify that the embedded content displays as expected in the browsers to be used by the candidates.

Warning: On lockdown tests using SEB or IIB, embedded code from Youtube works, but videos from other places (eg. Vimeo) may not. You should open the test in SEB as a candidate to ensure the video plays as expected.


PDF Panel


Attach a PDF. The PDF will not be visible in question edit mode, please preview your question to ensure it is displayed correctly. The PDF will be shown to the left of the question, and the candidate can resize the panel.


  • PDFs cannot contain links if it is to be used within Inspera Integrity Browser or Safe Exam Browser. Links will cover the entire screen, forcing the candidate to leave IIB/SEB in order to continue the test.
  • Internet connection is required for the PDF panel to be displayed for the candidate. This means that if a candidate were to go offline during a test and then navigate to a question with a PDF panel, it will not be displayed until an internet connection is restored.
  • If the question has several language versions, the PDF must be added to each translation (whether it requires translation or not).
  • A PDF added to the PDF panel is not possible to download directly, even in open browser tests. To work around this the candidate can use the Print feature to print to PDF, which will save a version of the PDF locally.
  • If the question is being used in a test with a lockdown browser, make sure that there are no links in the PDF. If the candidate clicks on any links, they will exit the lockdown browser and the invigilator password is required to re-enter the test.

To allow candidates to download a PDG, we recommend that you use Insert file from the toolbar in the question editor.

Tip: To rotate your PDF, hover over the PDF and type 'R'.




Use labels to tag your questions with, for example, specific subjects. You can later use the labels to easily find your questions in the question bank.

To learn more about Labels, visit our Help Center article Add labels to questions.


General options for interaction elements

External identifiers

This feature requires activation. 

The external identifier is a string that uniquely identifies the question. This identifier has no purpose internally in Inspera Assessment but is for use in any external system that collects data on the question.

The identifier can be changed but it is initially generated automatically on each question.




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