Advanced Assessments are our most powerful assessment format. They can be used in a variety of ways, and are great for:

  • Replicating activities that can be found on worksheets.
  • All content areas
  • Longer, more detailed assessments.
  • Assessments that require a variety of question types.
  • A variety of scoring methods for questions in an assessment (partial credit, alternate answers...).



Create the Shell

  • Step 1: From the Assessments module, select Create Assessment in the upper-right corner.
  • Step 2: Select Advanced from the format options.
  • Step 3: Give the assessment a name, select a type, and select a grading scale.

💡 Tips from the Otus Team:

  • The Assessment Type does not have any impact on the format or grading unless you have weighted grades in your points gradebook.
  • Once the assessment is created, the Grading Scale becomes locked. To change the Grading Scale on an assessment, it must be cloned first.
  • If you think you are missing options for Grading Scales, first verify that a grade level is selected for one of your classes. Some grading scales are only available for certain grade levels in the district. If this doesn't do the trick, reach out to us in the chat feature, and we'll be sure to help you out!


Create an Item

➡️ First, it is important to know the difference between Items and Questions.

  • Items are the containers that hold your questions.
  • You can have multiple questions in one item.

See the example below. This item contains three parts; a reading passage on the left, and two questions on the right. This is one of many ways to structure an item.

  • Step 1: Select the blue Create button.
  • Step 2: Give the item a title. This will be the name that shows in your list of My Items.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: it is helpful to establish a naming convention for your items, so you can easily identify them. For example, Subject_Unit_Question# is a common naming convention.


Add Questions to the Item

  • Step 1: Select the Add new symbol to add a question to the item.
  • Step 2: Choose from the list of question categories on the left, then choose the exact type of question you'd like to use. You can also search for a question type using the search box at the top of the list.

➡️ Learn more about how to use each question type here.

➡️ Learn more about adding features such as passages and calculators here.

The example below shows a completed item. The left image shows the item in the builder, while the right image represents what it will look like for students.

  • Step 3: You can preview the item to see the formatting and test out the scoring.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: Once you've finished building an item, it will appear in your My Items list. You can then edit or duplicate the item, and also use it again on another assessment! See below:


Link Standards to the Item (optional)

  • Step 1: While in your item, select Link Standards. Choose the standard(s) you'd like to add.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: when you link standards to an item, it links that standard to each question in the item. There isn't a way to link standards to just individual questions in an item.


Using Navigate Items (optional)

The Navigate Item Bank provides pre-built questions linked to standards that can be used on advanced assessments. If your district has subscribed to the Navigate Item Bank, select the button below to learn how to use these items in your advanced assessments!


Preview and Assign the Assessment

After saving and exiting the assessment, you can preview or assign the assessment from within your drafts by selecting the ellipsis to the right of the assessment:


Video Tutorial


💡 Tip from the Otus Team - if Otus seems to run slow while building advanced assessments, you may want to check your school site's web filter/firewall (such as Securely) for potentially blocked URLS. There is a list of URLs that should be added to your district's whitelist in order for Otus to function at its best!

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