Get familiar with the text editor in Essay questions - for candidates

Introduction

The question type Essay is a text editor that is often used for questions that require longer text responses. In addition to text, you can insert bullet points, tables, formulas and drawings in your answer.

The essay question has a toolbar with functionalities such as: 

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Tip: By hovering your mouse pointer over the various icons, the toolbar will display a label with a description for each icon. 

 

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Click Expand mceclip5.png to expand the text editor into full screen. This will give you a bigger picture to work with. The text editor will then fill most of your screen, and the question text will no longer be visible. To see the question text again, press the Expand button again to return to normal view. 

When in full-screen mode, the toolbar will always be at the top of the screen, no matter the length of your text.

Note: If you are writing long text in normal view, you have to scroll up to get to the toolbar in the text editor. It is therefore advisable to write long texts in full-screen view. Essay_2_EN.PNG

 

Temporary Backup Snapshots

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With Temporary Backup Snapshots, you can revert to an earlier version of Essay-questions. The backups are created as long as you are inside and type in the same question. A new temporary backup is taken every 15 minutes and is stored in the browser's memory. This means:

  • That it works both online and offline.
  • You can navigate between questions without resetting the backups.
  • The backups, which are temporarily stored, are only available while in the same session. When logging out, the list of temporary backups is cleared. 

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If you restore an earlier version, your current version will be saved, so that you optionally can return to it later. 

 

Edit formula

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By pressing the Edit formula button, you can insert formulas into the Essay question. Note that there are two tabs in the formula editor:

Basic Advanced
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Note: It is possible to insert characters from Advanced into the formulas under Basic. 

Press "Done" to insert the formula into your answer. 

 

Table

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 When you press the Table button, the "Table Properties" window opens:

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1) Here you can select the number of rows and columns.

2) Insert headings in the table. Headings can be inserted in the first row, first column or both. 

3) Determine the thickness of the frame in pixels. If you set the value to 0, the dashes will not appear. 

Tip: You can use a borderless table to organize the text. If you want to indent your text (where you would use the tab key in regular word processing programs), you may want to place a table in the background without a frame size. Then you can use the columns as indents. 

4) Write a caption for the table. The caption will appear above the table. 

5) Specify the width of the table. Entering a number in the text box sets the width in pixels. You can also use units such as %, in, cm, mm, em, ex, pt or pc.

Tip: If you select 100 %, it will always fill the entire text box in width and be responsive.

 

The table can be changed after it is created by right-clicking on the table. You will then get an action menu where you can edit the entire table, insert multiple rows and columns, and edit at the cell level. You may want to put cell size under Cell Properties so that you have full control of your table.

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Spell Checker

Note: Spell Check is only available if the one who created the test has enabled this. 

The spell checker will underline misspelt words as you type. Hover over an underlined word to see and apply suggestions, or open the proofreading dialogue to see all suggestions in one place.

Hover over the circle (1) to see the alternatives.

  1. Click on Disable (2) To disable the spell checker. You can enable it again later.
  2. Click on Settings (3) to change language, and to see and select Ignore Options.
  3. Click on Proofread in dialogue (4) to see suggested words, and to ignore suggestions.
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In the proofreading dialogue (4) you can select suggestions by clicking on the word you want to use. When you have selected a word, the dialogue will show the next suggestion.

In addition, you canu:

  1. Scroll through all suggestions
  2. Ignore all suggestions
  3. Add word to dictionary

After selecting 2 or 3, the dialogue will show the next suggestion.

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Word Counter

The text editor lets you keep track of how many words you have written. Word count appears in the right bottom corner.

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Maximum number of words

In some cases, you may be asked not to type more than a certain number of words. The restriction then appears as <number of words written>/<maximum allowed words>. Example - Words: 66/200.

In the example, the limit is set to 200 words, and you have typed 66.

When the maximum limit is reached, the indicator turns red, and you are not allowed to type more words. Example - Words: 200/200

 

Insert Drawing

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Note: This option might not be available in all tests, depending on the settings used by your school.

Draw freehand drawings in Essay questions using you mouse. If you have a touch screen, you can use the stylus or your finger.

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1) In the drawing tool you can draw with freehand, create different shapes, use an eraser and insert text. 

2) Choose thickness. Here you can choose the thickness of the pencil or/and the frames on a figure.

3) Set colors:

  • Stroke: Color of the frame around shapes.
  • Fill: Fill color of shapes. 
  • Bg: Background colors on the canvas.
Note: If you are going to set a color or thickness of a shape's border or drawing, this must be selected before you start to draw.

 

To insert the drawing into the text box, press "Save and close".

You can continue to draw, or edit your drawing, by clicking the drawing and then the drawing icon. 

 

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