The following guide will cover the four main ways to create an answer key, how to use the advanced marking options, and how to edit your answer key. 

Once you create your assessment (visit, our 'Creating an Assessment' guide to learn more), you will have the option to create the answer key. You can always create the answer key later and print the sheets right away. There are four main ways to create an answer key:

  1. Creating your answer key online
  2. Copy and Pasting your answer key
  3. Uploading the questions you'll give the students 
  4. Scanning a completed bubble sheet

Creating The Answer Key Online

You can create your answer key by selecting the correct answer for each question:

GIF: Select the correct responses for each question.

Importing Your Answer Key

Click the 'Import/ Export' button on the answer key interface and copy and paste (or type) the correct answers into the field. 

The answers can be listed all on one line separated by commas or spaces, or list the answers one per line.

Image: Example of formats we accept in the Import/Export text box.

Once the answers have been saved, you can then update any of the answers or turn on advanced marking options. 

Uploading Your Questions

Upload the questions you will give the students from a Word Document or PDF and indicate the correct answer using Boldface, Italics, or a different color and Akindi will do the work for you. 

Image: Indicate the correct response using boldface, italics, or a different coloured font. Akindi can handle both horizontally and vertically listed questions. 

Once the file is uploaded, double check the answers are correct, then click ‘Replace answer key’.

GIF:  Upload Questions > Select File > Verify answer key > Replace Answer Key.

This feature is in Beta! Please feel free to send us any feedback or let us know if you face hiccups. We appreciate your patience as we work out the kinks. 

Scanning a Bubble Sheet (good ole' fashion way)

If you like the traditional method of bubbling in a blank bubble sheet and scanning it in with the student responses, we've got you covered. 

Fill in a blank bubble sheet with the correct answers, bubble in the student number as ‘0000’, and scan it in with the rest of the completed tests. You'll be able to change the key or turn on advanced marking after uploading the answer key. 

Answer Keys for Multiple Versions

If your test has multiple versions, you will have to create an answer key for each version. Select the version using the drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner and create the answer key using any of the above methods. 

Advanced Marking Options

Advanced marking options allows you to control the weight and marking scheme of each question and answer. 

Weighting Questions

You can control the weight - point value - of each question by assigning a weight of zero, a partial mark (e.g. 0.25, 0.5, etc…) or multiple marks (e.g. 2, 5, etc…).

A question with the weight of zero will not affect a student’s mark, but it will be included in the results analysis. This can be useful for survey questions, or to “remove” a question from a test.

Exact mark 

Exact Mark options means the student’s response must exactly match the instructor's answer key. 

For example, if the answer is AC, the student will only be awarded a mark for selecting both A and C. If the students selects only A or only C, the student will be given a mark of zero.

(This is normally used for single choice answers, even though the other grading schemes would too suffice.)

Either Or

A student will receive full marks for selecting any of the valid responses.

For example, if the Answer is A or C, the student will receive full marks for selecting A or C or AC, but will receive a score of zero for answering any incorrect answers. 

Partial Marks 

The student is awarded partial marks for each correct response up to the full weight of the question, but will receive a score of zero if they fill in more bubbles than there are correct answers.

For example, if the correct response is AC, the student will receive partial marks for answering A or C and will receive full marks for answering AC, but will receive a score of zero if they answer ACD. 

If you select the 'Deduct Incorrect Answers' checkbox, students will receive partial marks for correct responses, and will deduct partial marks for incorrect responses. Akindi will stop deducting marks at zero. 

Bonus Question
You can create a Bonus Question in Akindi by turning on 'Advanced Marking' options and selecting the 'Bonus Mark' checkbox. 

Image: Advanced marking options

Editing Answer Keys

Made a mistake on your answer key? No problem! You can edit your answer key and the responses will be re-graded. 

Click ‘Edit Answer Key’ on your course dashboard. You can then change a single answer, upload a new answer key, or new questions.

Image: Edit Answer Key on Course Dashboard

You can also edit your answer key when analyzing the results. In the ‘Responses’ tab, click on the answer you would like to change. A small window will open which will allow you to change the answer or edit the weight and grading scheme. 

GIF:  Double click the answer key > Make desired change > Ok > Save Changes

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