Creating answer keys

If you already have a quiz or assessment in another format, such as in a hardcopy format, or in a multimedia file, you can create an answer key for that assessment to record the assessment’s progress and student’s grades. You can then use SMART Response tools to generate, export and print assessment and student reports.

When you create an answer key you create a SMART Notebook file containing a series of SMART Response question pages showing possible answers to your assessment questions but without question content. When you start your assessment, students can use SMART Response devices to answer the questions at their own pace.


The question options available when you create your answer key change depending on SMART Response operating mode you are using. See Selecting how students answer questions.

ClosedTo create an answer key

  1. Click Response > Create Answer Key.

    The Create Answer Key dialog box appears.

  2. Type a title in the Title box.

  3. Select an option from the Type drop down list.

  4. Select the thumbnail for the type of question you want.

    The correct answer options available depend on the question type you select.

  5. Select or type the correct answer, or the Opinion option for this question.

  6. Adjust the points value and create tags for this question, if required.

  7. If you selected Multiple answer, Text or Number, fraction, expression questions in step 4, click Add.

    The Questions table updates showing your selection.

  8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 for each question.

  9. Click Create.

    SMART Notebook software adds pages for each question, preceded by a title page.

  10. Click File > Save As, type a file name, and then click Save.

You can now start the assessment, and ask the students to respond to the questions. Refer to Starting and connecting to a class for information. You can edit your answer key using the same procedures found in Adding questions to the assessment.