Advanced Assessments are one of the available assessment types in Otus. They are the most powerful and versatile, with over 60 available question types ranging from the basic multiple choice to graphing in the first quadrant. The Advanced Assessment item components are created by a partnering company called Learnosity.
Most questions available in Advanced Assessments have a means of auto-scoring, with the exception of the following:
Essay - Rich Text
Essay - Plain Text
In general, any answer that involves extended written or recorded answers, as well as anything that would be free-hand drawn, cannot be auto-scored.
In this article, you will find the following sections:
➡️ Item Scoring
Learnosity also provides an author guide to help with building questions.
Individual Question Scoring
Most questions that have auto-scoring will have the options shown below in the More Options section:
Auto Scoring Options:
Unscored/Practice usage: This option removes all scoring from the item. This item will still be on the assessment but will not count toward the final score.
Penalty points: Penalty scoring deducts a value from the student's score for each incorrect response on a question. For more information, click here.
Check answer button and Check answer attempts: This setting will allow students to check their answer a set number of times. For more information, click here.
Scoring type: Choose between Exact Match, Partial Match per Response, or Partial Match. For a more detailed explanation of each, please see below!
Enable auto-scoring: If you uncheck this option, this will require that the question be manually scored.
Minimum score if attempted: the student will receive points as long as the question has been attempted. If the question is left blank or is unanswered, the student will not earn those points.
Most auto-scoring questions have three options available: Exact Match, Partial Match per Response, and Partial Match. Some questions only have Exact Match available. Below you will see how each scoring type impacts this example question.
Multiple Choice Matrix question with four responses needed (one each for whale, alligator, turtle, dog).
Set for 1 point.
Student gave three out of four correct answers.
Example Correct Answer
Example Student Answer
➡️ Exact Match
➡️ Partial Match Per Response
➡️ Partial Match
If using a math (or chemistry) question type, you will need to choose a scoring "method." This will determine how Otus determines whether certain numerical answers should be considered correct or incorrect.
The other options, such as isSimplified, isUnit, or isFactorized, add another layer of scoring that check student answers for a specific form. For more information, please check out this resource.
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: Most of the articles for the individual math question types will have a more detailed explanation of how each scoring method impacts the answers. If you are looking for those examples, click here.
Math Scoring Otus Live
Below is a video from our Otus Live series on how to score math questions in Advanced Assessment.
In addition to each individual question having scoring options, there are also three different ways to score the item as a whole; per question (default, most common), dichotomous, and dependent (EBSR).
One item has three questions.
Each question is worth 1 point.
The item is worth a total of 3 points.
➡️ Per Question
➡️ Dependent (EBSR)
By default, the item is set to score per question. If you want to change this to either dichotomous or dependent, follow the steps below:
Step 1: While you are editing the item, select Settings.
Step 2: Select the Details tab.
Step 3: Make your selection in the Scoring type box.
Step 4: Select Apply.
This section only applies to advanced assessments that utilize Standards Based Grading Scales (Non-Points). With this feature, you have the ability to set the default score a student receives for auto-graded questions. Adjusting auto-scoring settings will take place on the Assigning page.
This feature is assessment wide, not per individual question. This means that the level selected for Correct Answer and Incorrect Answer will be applied to all questions within the assessment.
A question is considered "correct" if ALL portions of the individual question are correct. Mid-level scale labels will not apply to partial correct answers. Questions are considered fully Correct or Incorrect.
➡️ Example: If partial credit is being applied and a student gets 3 out of 5 parts correct, they will be given the status of "Incorrect Answer".
❗ If you edit this setting after the assessment has been assigned, you will receive a message explaining that this only applies to future scores, not scores already collected.
Editing the Scoring
You can edit the number of points, scoring type, or scoring method on any question in an advanced assessment. If the assessment has already been assigned, changes made will not update the assigned version of that assessment. You will need to unassign the assessment, make the changes, and then reassign the assessment. If students have already begun working or turned in the assessment, they will be starting fresh with a new copy of the assessment. Their previous work and scores will be removed permanently.
To edit a question, follow these steps:
Step 1: Navigate to your Assessments module.
Step 2: Stay in your Drafts.
Step 3: Locate the assessment and select it to open.