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  • Do not cut/paste or drag and drop cells, as this can cause grading issues. 
  • Empty fields for normal graded cells will default to 0, drop-down fields will be empty. 
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Graded Cell Types

There are two types of graded cells: Normal Graded Cells and Drop-down Graded Cells.

  • Normal Graded Cells require you to enter a formula (#3 in image below).
  • Drop-down Graded Cells require you to select an answer from a drop-down list (#4 in image below).

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How to Enter Answers 

See below for instructions on how to successfully enter or select answers.


  • You must enter an acceptable formula to get credit. 
  • If a number needed for your formula is provided in a cell, you must reference that cell in your formula. Do not enter just numbers (Example: =G53+G52, not =60000+5000). 
    • Even if the answer is a single number, the answer entered in the cell must be a cell reference (Example: =G53, not 65000 or =65000 or =65000+5000). 
  • There may be an occasion where you need to use a number in your formula (Example: divide by 2 for average, divide by 365 to convert to "days", an interest rate). If the number is not provided in a cell that can be referenced within the question, use the actual number in your formula (Examples: =G52+G53/2, =G54/365, etc.).

Drop-down answers:

  • Click the arrow and select the correct answer from the drop-down menu (#4 in image above).

Other important notes about entering answers:

  • Do not use cut and paste or "drag and drop" to move or remove answers. Instead, delete answer in the incorrect cell and re-enter it in the correct cell. Using copy and paste to duplicate formulas is ok.
  • If the question has multiple worksheet tabs, your formula answers must reference cells within the same worksheet (tab). If you reference a cell from another worksheet to arrive at the correct answer, your answer will be marked wrong.
  • Using “+” instead of an “=” at the beginning of a formula will work.

Show Formulas 

If you would like to see the formulas that you have entered, follow the steps below. 

  1. Select the Formulas tab.
  2. Select Show Formulas.