Create your own questions with Question Builder

Question Builder's Question Preview interface. At the top are options for editing and adding questions to the curriculum. Below is the question preview.

Want to add your own questions to the Hawkes courseware? Now you can with the NEW beta release of Question Builder!

You can customize your course content by building dynamic questions into the Practice and Certify modes, as well as your Hawkes assessments. Questions can be free response or multiple choice and include images, explanations for wrong answers, adjustable tolerance ranges, and more.

Question Builder allows you to seamlessly integrate your very own questions into your students’ Hawkes experience to get the most out of their course led by you. If you’d like to use this feature, contact your Training and Support Specialist at

Question Builder Overview

You can access the Question Builder tool directly from your online Grade Book. Questions are organized and displayed in folders for organization. You can create multiple folders to house different types of questions you’re creating.

Question Folders are listed underneath the buttons to create, rename, or delete a folder.

Either choose to create a new question, or, if you already have one built, you can choose the Edit icon next to the question name to open up the question.

The interface of Question Builder when creating a question. It includes a Question Header, Question Statement, answers, and advanced options for answers.

Question Types

You can choose from the following question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Free response
  • Open ended
  • Click-to-select
  • Click-to-insert

Multiple choice questions let you do the following:

  • Add up to 30 answer choices
  • Assign partial credit to answers
  • Choose between check boxes or radio buttons
  • Add answer explanations to incorrect answers
  • Lock the answer order

Creating free response questions allows you to assign one or more answers to a question for which the answer must be typed in using the keyboard and/or keypad.

Free response questions let you do the following:

  • Choose how to evaluate the answer
  • Set the number of decimal places for the correct answer
  • Specify a tolerance range in which an answer will be accepted as correct
  • Create an expression that must be entered to answer the question
  • Add a static prefix or suffix to correspond with the answer box
  • Add a second answer box or add another answer choice

Answer evaluation options include a drop-down menu showing equation, expression, exact input only, factors, inequality, interval, set of values, and ordered pairs.

For any question, you’ll be asked to complete the required steps:

  • Enter the question
  • Enter your answer(s)
  • Name the question (This is how the question will be identified in the question folder.)
  • Select a difficulty level

For any question type you can add more steps using the left-hand navigation panel. Open-ended questions do not require an answer.

The Question Details sidebar shows the different steps per question, its name, difficulty level, and Tutor options.

The toolbar located across the top offers standard editing options, as well as the ability to insert images, tables, symbols, expressions, and variable iterations into the question or answer.

A menu of formatting options and mathematical symbols.

Tutor options are listed on the left, giving you the ability to add a General Explain Error, Hint, Step-by-Step, or Solution to the question you’ve built.

The Step-by-Step option allows you to provide more in-depth help to your students by breaking up the question at hand into more workable steps and walking the student through it at a manageable pace. Students can use as much or as little guided assistance as they need to truly learn how to answer the question.

This feature is a student favorite in Hawkes Learning’s pre-created questions, so we wanted to give you the freedom to add it to your own questions to better assist students in their learning.

The first step in a Step-by-Step Tutor options, which includes a statement and answer underneath the question.

For math questions, the tool uses LaTeX, the common document preparation system used in many mathematics publications. The technology is so user-friendly that anyone trying out the tool for the first time will quickly become an expert.

Check out our quick video below!


Want to opt into Question Builder before it’s available for everyone? Contact your Training and Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538 or today!

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