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Adding questions using the Insert Question wizard

With SMART Notebook software, you can ask your students questions and collect their answers. Using the Insert Question wizard, you can select tags from a comprehensive list of Educational Standards and Cognitive Level tags for the questions you create in SMART Notebook software or you can create custom tags. You can also add or change the tags to questions after you finish creating an assessment. See Tagging questions.

ClosedTo add a question using the Insert Question wizard

  1. Click the SMART Response iconSMART Response icon in the Mac menu bar, and then select Open Notebook Software.

    A blank SMART Notebook page appears.

  2. Click Insert Question on the toolbar.

    The Insert Question wizard appears.

  3. Click the thumbnail of the question type you want to add, and then click Next.

  4. Type the question in the text box.

  5. If you want to use tags to create categories in your reports, go to the Assigning tags to new questions.

  6. Click Next.

  7. For yes or no and true or false questions, select the correct answer or the Opinion option.

    For number, fraction or decimal questions, type the correct answer or select the Opinion option.

    For multiple choice or multiple answer questions, select the number of answers, type the answers in the text boxes, click Next, and then select the correct answers or the Opinion option.

    For text answer questions, type one to four acceptable answers or select the Opinion option. See Note 1 below.

    For number, fraction or expression questions, use the expression editor to create the expression question, and then use the editor to create a correct expression answer. See Note 2 below.

  8. Type the number of points the student receives for a correct answer.


    The value can be a whole or decimal number.

  9. If you want to create more questions, click Insert Another, and then repeat steps 2 to 7.

  10. Click Finish.

  11. Optionally, use SMART Notebook’s tools to add images or Adobe Flash Player compatible files from the Gallery.


  • Text answer questions are case-sensitive. You can enter up to four answers to support different capitalizations (for example, “iron”, “Iron” and “IRON”).

  • SMART Response XE software’s intelligent expression grading feature compares the student responses to the correct expression answer to determine whether it is equivalent based on the Intelligent Grading settings you define. See About intelligent expression grading for more information.

Assigning tags to new questions

ClosedTo assign tags to new questions

  1. Complete the first five steps of the Adding questions using the Insert Question wizard.

  2. Click Browse.

  3. If you want to choose from a large selection of Educational Standards or Cognitive Level tags, select your region, grade and subject, and then select one or more tags from the categories listed.

    If you want to select your custom tags, select one or more tags below the Custom Tags category.

    If you want to create custom tags see the Creating custom tags.

    The selected tags appear in the Tags for this question field.

  4. Click Finish.

  5. Go back to step 6 of the Adding questions using the Insert Question wizard.

Creating custom tags

You can use custom tags to identify your own groups or categories of questions. SMART Response software uses the tags to sort responses to questions when you generate Student Performance and Class Performance reports.

For example, if you assign the tags “Difficult” and “Easy” to questions, SMART Response software creates a chart in the report for questions with “Difficult” and “Easy” tags.

ClosedTo create custom tags

  1. Right-click Custom Tags, select Create Custom Tag, and then edit the New Tag label.

    The new tag appears below Custom Tags.

  2. Repeat to create all the custom tags you need for your assessment, and then click Finish.