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Making Editable Tests Using Drop Down Fields For Multiple Choice Answers

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OK, I can make a math test in Word consisting of some questions.  I need to have the students show their work in the test, so I leave some space after the questions.  After the space for the student work, I want to put a pull down field with multiple choice answers.

Here is the problem.  I know how to make the pull down field and populate it with answers.  I know how to make the Word document.  When I protect the pull down menu from being edited, it locks the whole document so the students cant do any work in it.  If I don't protect the pull down, there is no pull down arrow and you cant tell what it is.

Can I make a test like this in Word?
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Hello onlinemathteacher,

If I understand then you want to protect the document for fileds ... but before doing so add a text field for the the student work.  IN this way the dropdown will work and they can add their own notes.

Regards,
Chris

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Thanks Chris, but that won't work.  The text field does not permit the use of Equation Editor which is a tool for math.  Also these students are not the smartest, it is hard enough to get them to use Word at all, much less restricting them to a text box.

So I guess the conclusion is that this can not be done.
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Plan B create section, a protected one with the drop down and immediately before/after an unprotected one where they will be able to use the equation editor?

Chris

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Chris;

I've tried putting section breaks, continuous, before and after pull downs, but when you protect the pull down the whole document gets locked.  Maybe I made an error, but that is the way it seems to work.

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Nah, check tools | protect document | Section 2 of the menu see select sections text and click it, you can now select the selections to which the protection will apply.

Chris
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An idea of the menus is as below

Chris
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Chris;

Thanks again, I looked at the menus you showed and played with them for a while.  I attached a sample test I made, but it is not what I want.  I don't think I have done this right.  There are 2 questions, each followed by a line that says do your work here, followed by a list of 4 possible answers.  Then there is a protected line that has the pull down where the intent is to have the student pick one of the answers.  I can't get the pull downs to look like pull downs.  The only time they look like pull downs is when you click on them; they have to look like pull downs all the time or the students are going to ignore them and just write their answer somewhere.

The only reason for doing all this is to try and automate some of the grading later, by letting excel read these pull downs to see what was selected.  I have a feeling based on the time already spent on this , that this effort is going to be substantial.

Any idea
try-use-of-pull-downs-in-test.doc
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