Simple Assessments are one of the five types of assessment formats we offer in Otus. They are relatively simple to create and score (when compared to an Advanced Assessment).

Great for:

  • Quick Checks
  • Exit Tickets
  • Comprehension Checks

Types of questions it offers:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True/False
  • Short Answer

Student example view:


Create the Assessment

  • Step 1: From your Assessments module, select Create Assessment.
  • Step 2: Select Simple from the choices at the top.
  • Step 3: Enter an assessment name, select an assessment type, and choose a grading scale. Note: If you want to change the grading scale after creating the assessment, you may clone it and update the grading scale, within certain parameters.
  • Step 4: Select Save.

Add Questions

  • Step 1: Select + Add Question.
  • Step 2: Choose Multiple Choice, True/False, or Short Answer.

Multiple Choice

1: Type your question here. You can make your text bold, italicized, or underlined. There is a character limit of 300.

2: If you'd like to add an image, audio recording, video recording, or YouTube video, select the respective icon:

  • Images, Audio Recordings, and Video Recordings that are being added from your device can be up to 30mb in size.
  • Audio and video recordings that are done directly in Otus can be up to 5 minutes in length.

3: Enter answer choices here - answer choices can only contain text.

4: Select vertical dots to indicate a correct answer. If you choose more than one correct answer, it is all-or-nothing scoring; the student must select all correct answers in order to earn full credit. You can also Remove answer option as well.

*Select + Answer Option to add additional answer choices.

5: Select Link Standard to link standard(s) to a question

6: Determine the point value (for points-based assessments only).

➡️ If you are unable to see the Points Box and Save Button, you will need to scroll down within the question box or zoom out a bit.

💡To Zoom Out:

  1. Press the “CTRL” or “COMMAND” key (depending on the device type) on your laptop with one finger and hold down.
  2. Press the “-” key to zoom out one time. Keep pressing the “-” button to zoom out more.
  3. Press the “+” button to zoom back in if/when you need.

True/False

1: Type your question here. You can make your text bold, italicized, or underlined. There is a character limit of 300.

2: If you'd like to add an image, audio recording, video recording, or YouTube video, select the respective icon:

  • Images, Audio Recordings, and Video Recordings that are being added from your device can be up to 30mb in size.
  • Audio and video recordings that are done directly in Otus can be up to 5 minutes in length.

3: Select True or False as the correct answer.

4: Select Link Standard to link standard(s) to a question

5: Determine the point value (for points-based assessments only).

Short Answer

1: Type your question here. You can make your text bold, italicized, or underlined. There is a character limit of 300.

2: If you'd like to add an image, audio recording, video recording, or YouTube video, select the respective icon:

  • Images, Audio Recordings, and Video Recordings that are being added from your device can be up to 30mb in size.
  • Audio and video recordings that are done directly in Otus can be up to 5 minutes in length.

3: Select Link Standard to link standard(s) to a question

4: Determine the point value (for points-based assessments only).

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: student responses have a character limit of 1000.


Editing the Assessment

Hover over a question to see the editing options.

If a standard is attached, you'll see the beginning of the description of the standard.

  • Copy icon (the first icon): select his icon to duplicate the question.
  • Pencil icon: select this icon to edit the contents of the question, including the standard.
  • Trashcan icon: select this icon to delete the question.
  • Move icon: select this icon to move the question(s) into a different order on the assessment. See example below:

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: if you've already assigned the assessment, any edits you make to the draft will update on the assigned version. You do not have to re-assign the assessment.


Simple Assessment FAQs

  • If I make edits to the assessment, do I have to reassign the assessment for students to see the edits? No, you do not have to reassign. Any edits you make to the draft will update on the assigned version that the students will see.
  • For multiple choice questions, can I use images in the answer choices? Using images in answer choices for Simple Assessments is not possible at this time. If you'd like to include images in answer choices, we recommend creating an Advanced Assessment.
  • Can you use math symbols on a Simple Assessment? Using math symbols in Simple Assessments is not possible at this time. If you'd like to use math symbols, we recommend creating an Advanced Assessment.

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