Create online cloze / maze passage tests for reading comprehension

With Learnclick you can create cloze tests (where a student has to fill in the blanks) or maze tests where students need to pick the correct word out of two or more distractors.

For cloze tests, you take any text and paste it into the textbox. Then select a word for which you want to create a gap and click on “Create Gap”.

For maze tests, you can create dropdowns that contain all the words a student can select from. The “Make Dropdown” button can be found when selecting the “Blank Boxes & Dropdowns” question type (same as above for a cloze test). First you select the correct words with the mouse and the click on “Make Dropdown” where you can fill out 1 – 3 additional items you would like to appear in your list.

You can also use the question type “Generated Dropdowns” to save time. The help page explains more about how to create cloze deletion tests, e.g. how you can add alternative correct answers, etc:

Of course, Learnclick also offers other question types. For reading comprehension, check out open-ended questions.

One of the areas where Learnclick stands out is the option for tracking students’ progress over time. You can record the answers and then quickly compare the results. If you wish to override the automated grading, can individually set points for each answer. Learn more about it under Statistics & Grades.

Learn more about Learnclick’s powerful quiz features by watching some of our screencast videos: and test them out by signing up for a free trial.

How the new “Find & Highlight” question type is being used

Recently Learnclick launched a new question type: Find & Highlight

These are some of the questions that have been created recently using this new feature:

  • Highlight the mistakes in the following sentences.
  • Mark any unnecessary words.
  • Highlight the object pronouns.
  • Highlight the prepositions.

While this new feature has been working well on the whole, somebody had an issue that the correct highlights are not recognized. This can happen when the text was copy/pasted from another document or website. In this case, please paste as plain text rather than formatted text:

How can Learnclick complement Language Coaching?

Teaching Business English has a lot to do with giving students confidence in using similar vocabulary and phrases over and over. They not only need to know the vocabulary of their business sector, but also how to do introductions and negotiations. Now that a lot of communication is done online, teaching to write emails is often also an important component.

Giving your student’s homework that focuses on areas that need improvement will help your students to make quick progress and they will appreciate your extra effort of providing them with custom-made quizzes.

Learnclick is a versatile quiz creator, especially loved by language teachers for the ease of creating gap-filling exercises. There are lots of question types like drag & drop, dropdowns and multiple-choice quizzes. You can record your student’s answers to see where they are struggling. Create exercises that will help them gain confidence in how to use grammar and vocabulary in context. You can also ask open-ended/essay type questions and correct the given answers in the online editor. Start with a free trial at

Version 2 for Classroom Quizzes

We’ve been working on version 2 of the quizzes for a long time now. Most of the changes are in the background. Essentially the whole code was rewritten for the actual display of the quizzes (not yet for the rest of the website). The new cleaner code will make it easier to add new features.
But while rewriting the code, I made some improvements also. The main noticeable improvements are that all the cloze boxes are now the same size and expand when one starts to type or drags a box into them.

For the quizzes that are assigned to a class, e.g. the students are required to login, the biggest improvement is, that the answers get saved immediately as soon as one clicks out of the text box. So should one for instance lose connection, the already inserted answers will still be there when one logs back in. We had something in place like that previously with ‘auto save’, but it didn’t work as well.

Recording how long a student spent doing a quiz works now a lot better also. So if you set a timer and the student logs back in, the timer will continue where it left off.

Learn more about the advantages of assigning your quiz to a class for recording answers: Create Classes and Usernames One of the benefits is that you can release the results after the students submitted the answers, so that they can view them by themselves.

While quizzes now not only look better, but also should work better, I appreciate if you could test if everything works the same for you as before. Learnclick quizzes have many settings and although I tested everything thoroughly it’s entirely possible that I forgot about something.

Remember to leave feedback if you decide not to use version 2 so that if an issue comes up, it can be resolved quickly. Please help with testing before the summer vacation is over so that any bugs can be fixed before the new term starts.

On August 8th, all quizzes have been migrated to use version 2.

Sentence Ideas for creating Gap-Filling Quizzes

Creating a quiz can be time-consuming and you might have a black-out when it comes to creating sentences. One great free online resource is Tatoeba. Tatoeba is a collection of sentences and translations.

You can search for any word you want to find sentences for. I also find the tags quite useful. Here are some example tags that will help you to find sentences quickly by a topic:


Past simple
Present continuous
Future simple

PS: To quickly create a gap in Learnclick, you don’t need to click on the button “Create Gap” after selecting the text. You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+G (Windows) / Cmd+G (Mac)