Create a question

This page is for teachers.

As a Classroom teacher, you can post short-answer or multiple-choice questions. After you post a question, you can track the number of students who’ve responded in the class stream. You can also draft questions to post later and post a question to individual students.

After students complete and turn in their work, you can grade and return it to the students.

If you don’t know if your class is using Classwork, see Does my class have the Classwork page?

My class has the Classwork page

If you don't have the Classwork page, go here instead.

Create a question 

When you create a question, you can:

Create a question

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and then Classwork.
  3. At the top, click Create  and then Question.
    Create question
  4. Enter the title and any instructions.
  5. For short-answer questions, students can reply to each other and edit their answer. To turn answer interactions on or off, click:
    • Students can reply to each other—If the option is On On , after they answer the question, students can see classmates' answers and comment on them. If the option is Off Off, students can't see each other's answers.
    • Students can edit answer—When turned on, students can edit their answer after submitting it.

Note: There is no character limit for short-answer questions.

Post to one or more classes

Next to For, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then select the class or classes you want to include.
Class

Note: You can’t post to individual students across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all students in the classes.

Post to individual students

By default, a question is posted to all students in the class. You can post a question to individual students. However, you can’t post to individual students if more than one class is included. And, you can’t post to more than 100 individual students at a time.

  1. Next to All students, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then All students to deselect it.
    All students
  2. Select the students you want to post the question to.

    Note You’ll see the number of students you posted to on the question in the class stream. To view the students’ names, click number students on the question.

Change the point value

You can change the point value of an assignment or make the assignment ungraded. By default, assignments are set at 100 points.

  1. Next to Points, click the value.
    Ungraded
  2. Enter a new point value or select Ungraded.
  3. Click Update.

Create a multiple-choice question

  1. Next to Short answer, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Multiple choice.
    Multiple choice
  2. Click Option 1 and enter the first answer option.
    Question option
  3. Click Add option and add as many options as you want.
  4. (Optional) To delete an option, next to the option, click Remove Remove.
  5. If you don't want students to see a class summary of answers, click Turn off Turn off.

Add a due date or time

By default, an assignment has no due date. To change this:

  1. Next to Due, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    No due date
  2. Next to No due date, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    No due date
  3. Click a date on the calendar.
  4. (Optional) To set a due time, click Time and enter a time.

Add a topic

  1. Next to Topic, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    No topic
  2. Choose an option:
    • To create a topic, click Create topic and enter a topic name. 
    • To select a topic in the list, click it.

Learn more about how to organize your class stream.

Add attachments

You can add materials, such as Google Drive files, links, or YouTube videos to your question.

To upload a file, click Attach Attach. Select the file and click Upload.

To attach a Google Drive file:

  1. Click Drive Google Drive.
  2. Select the item and click Add.
    Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, click Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the question and saves it to the class Drive folder.

To attach a YouTube video, click YouTube YouTube and choose an option:

  • To search for a video to attach:
    1. In the search box, enter keywords and click Search Search.
    2. Click the video and then Add.
  • To attach a video link:
    1. Click URL.
    2. Enter the URL and click Add.

To attach a link, click Link Link, enter the URL, and click Add Link.

To delete an attachment, next to it, click Remove Remove.

Post, schedule, or save a draft question

Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, click Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the question and saves it to the class Drive folder.

To post the question immediately, click Ask.

To schedule the question to post later:

  1. Next to Ask, click the Down arrow Down Arrowand then Schedule.
  2. Next to the date, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and select a date and time.
  3. Click Schedule. The question will automatically post at the scheduled date and time.
    Note: To schedule the question for another class, schedule it first for one class and then reuse the question for the other class.

To save the question as a draft, next to Ask, click the Down arrow Down Arrowand then Save draft.  

To see scheduled and drafted questions, click Classwork.

Edit a question

Note: If a question is posted to several classes, editing it in one class doesn't change it in any other class.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and then Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, click More More and then Edit.
    Edit
  4. Choose an option:
    • For a posted question: Make your changes and click Save.
    • For a scheduled question: Make your changes and click Schedule.
    • For a draft question: Make your changes. Then, next to Ask, click the Down arrow Down Arrowand then Save draft.
Add a class comment to the question
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View Question.
  3. To add a comment to the class, at the top, click Question.
    Add comment
  4. Click Add class comment, enter your comment, and click Post.
Reuse a question
To reuse a question, see Reuse a post.
Delete a question

If you delete a question, all grades and comments related to the question are deleted. However, any attachments or files created by you or the students are still available in Drive.

Warning! Once deleted, there's no way to undo deleting an assignment.
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click your class and then Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, click More More and then Delete. Click Delete again to confirm.

My class doesn't have the Classwork page

Create a question 

When you create a question, you can:

  • Post to one or more classes
  • Post to individual students
  • Create a multiple-choice question
  • Add a due date or time
  • Add a topic
  • Add attachments

Open the question page

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. At the bottom, hover over Add Addand then click Create question Create question.
  4. Enter the title and any instructions.
  5. For short-answer questions, students can reply to each other and edit their answer. To turn answer interactions on or off, select:
    1. Students can reply to each other—After answering the question, the student can see their classmates' answers and comment on them. If this option is turned Off Off, students can't see each other's answers.
    2. Students can edit answer—Students can edit their answer after submitting it.

Note: There is no character limit for short-answer questions.

Post to additional classes

  1. Next to For, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then select the class or classes you want to include.

Note: You can’t post to individual students across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all students in the classes.

Post individual students

By default, a question is posted to all students in the class. You can post a question to individual students. However, you can’t post to individual students if more than one class is included. And, you can’t post to more than 100 individual students at a time.

  1. Next to All students, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then All students to deselect it.
  2. Select the students you want to post the question to.

    Note You’ll see the number of students you posted to on the question in the class stream.  To view the students’ names, click number students on the question.

Create a multiple-choice question

  1. Next to Short answer, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Multiple choice.
  2. Click Option 1 to enter the first answer option.
  3. Click Add option to add as many options as you want.
  4. (Optional) To delete an option, click Remove Remove next to the option.
  5. (Optional) If you don't want students to see a summary of answers, click Turn off Turn off.

Add a due date or time

By default, the answer has no due date. To change this:

  1. Next to No due date, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then No due date, and select a date.
  2. (Optional) To set a due time, click Time and enter a time.

Add a topic

  1. Next to No topic, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  2. Choose an option:
    • To create a topic, click Create topic and enter a topic name. 
    • To select a topic in the list, click it.

Learn more about how to organize your class stream.

Add attachments

You can add materials, such as Google Drive files, links, or YouTube videos to your question.

  • To upload a file, click Attach Attach. Select the file, and click Upload.
  • To attach a Google Drive item, such as a document or form:
    1. Click Drive Drive.
    2. Select the item and click Add.

    Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, click Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the question and saves it to the class Drive folder.

  • To attach a YouTube video, click YouTube YouTube and choose an option:
    • To search for a video to attach:
      1. At Video search, enter keywords and click Search Search.
      2. Click the video and then Add link.
    • To attach a video link:
      1. Click URL.
      2. Enter the URL and click Add.
  • To attach a link, click Link Link, enter the URL, and click Add.
  • To delete an attachment, click Remove Remove next to the attachment.
Post, schedule, or save a draft question

Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, click Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the question and saves it to the class Drive folder.

  • To post the question immediately, click Ask.
  • To schedule the question to post later, next to Ask, click the Down arrow Down Arrowand then Schedule.
    1. Next to the date, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and select a date and time.
    2. Click Schedule. The question is automatically posted at the scheduled date and time.
      Note: To schedule the question for another class, schedule it first for 1 class and then reuse the question.
  • To save the question as a draft, next to Ask, click the Down arrow Down Arrowand then Save draft.  
  • To see scheduled and draft posts, click Saved posts at the top of the class stream.
Edit a question
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and choose an option:
    • For a posted question:
      1. Next to the question, click More More and then Edit
      2. Make any other changes and click Save.
    • For a scheduled question, at the top, click Saved posts.
      1. Click the question.
      2. Make any changes.
      3. Next to Ask, click the Down arrow Down Arrowand then Schedule.
    • For a draft question, at the top, click Saved posts.
      1. Click the question.
      2. Make any changes.
      3. Next to Ask, click the Down arrow Down Arrowand then Save draft.

      Note: After a question is posted to several classes, editing it in 1 class doesn't change it in any other class.

Reuse a question

To reuse a question, see Reuse a post.

Delete a question
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and choose an option:
    • To delete a posted question:
      1. Next to the question, click More More and then Delete.
      2. Click Delete again to confirm.
    • To delete a draft or scheduled question:
      1. At the top, click Saved posts.
      2. Next to the question, click Remove Remove and then Delete.
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