Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Cloze Math question.

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In the Cloze Math question, the student enters a math response into one or more response boxes.


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Part of an equation:

Filling in a fraction:

Filling in an exponent:

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Build the Question

If you are creating a new item, select the + Create button on the assessment builder, title the item, then select the Add New plus sign to add a question.

If you are adding to an existing item, simply select the Add New plus sign (as shown above) to add a question to the item.

Next, select the Math category from the options on the left, then select Cloze Math.

Step 1: Compose Question

  • Compose question: Type question prompt into this field.

  • You have many formatting options from the Rich Text toolbar, including changing the font size, adding tables, using math symbols, adding multimedia, and more! Click here for more information on the different functions of the Rich Text toolbar.

Step 2: Add Answer Content

  • Formula template: type the content involved with the answer of the question.

  • The response box represents the space where students will type their answer.

  • You have the same Rich Text toolbar from the Compose question section, with addition of the response box button. The response box button will add additional response boxes to your question.

Set Correct Answers and Scoring

Step 1: Point Value and Correct Answer

  • Determine how many points the question will be worth.

  • Indicate the correct answer in the Value section.

Is there more than one correct answer?

  • Add alternate answers by selecting the blue + button shown here.

Do you need to accept a range of answers (tolerance)?

  • Use the +/- symbol in your answer. For an example of any number between 3 and 3.5, you will want to set the answer as such: 3.25 +/- 0.25, which essentially adds a tolerance of 0.25 on the low and high end of the value.

Step 2: Scoring Method.

Choose from the following scoring methods:

  • equivLiteral, equivSymbolic, or equivValue

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: equivSymbolic is the most commonly used method, and will provide the most flexibility when scoring. See details below.

➡️ equivLiteral

Only accepts a response that is mathematically equivalent to the correct answer AND is given in the same form.

  • If the correct answer is 8 + x, only 8 + x will be accepted (not x + 8, 8 + 1x, or any other variation)

Will accept a response that is mathematically equivalent to the correct answer, even if they are in different forms. This is the method you should use if your answer involves variables or if your answer involves multiple parts that can be in any order.

  • If the correct answer is 8 + x, 8 + x, x + 8 and 8+1x will all be accepted.

➡️ equivValue

Very similar to equivSymbolic, but equivValue will compare numerical values thatmay be represented in different ways, such as units of measurement. It is most often not necessary to use equivValue (when in doubt, use equivSymbolic).

  • If the correct answer is 14ft, a student response such as 168in will be correct.

➡️ Allow Decimal Marks

In any one of the above cases, if the answer allows for comma separators, please check the Allow Decimal Marks option!

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: wondering what the other scoring validations are, such as isSimplified? Check out this Learnosity author guide.

Step 3: Repeat for Additional Response Boxes

  • Each additional response box will have its own scoring section; select each section to expand and set the scoring.

Step 4: Scoring Type

The scoring type refers to how the question is to be graded as a whole. This is especially important if you have more than one response box in the question.

Choose from the following types:

  • Exact Match, Partial Match per Response, Partial Match

  • In the example above, the point(s) has been set to 1, and there are two responses required (6 and 5 are the correct answers). Let's use that example to describe the options for scoring types:

➡️ Exact Match

The entire question must be answered correctly to receive the point(s).

  • In this example, the student must answer with 6 AND 5 to receive 1 point.

➡️ Partial Match per Response

Each response is scored independently, and each is worth the number of points indicated in the point(s) field.

  • In this example, choosing this option will make this question worth 2 points; the student will earn 1 point for answering 6, and 1 point for answering 5, for a total of 2 points.

➡️ Partial Match

Similar to partial match per response, each response is scored independently, but the point value indicated in the point(s) field is evenly split among the responses.

  • In this example, since the point value is set to 1, and there are 2 responses, each response is worth 0.5 points (1 point divided by 2 answers); the student will earn 0.5 points for answering 6, and 0.5 points for answering 5, for a total of 1 point.

Student Preview

It's highly recommended to Preview the question as you are building it in the item. This displays the question as the students will see it and also verifies that the answers and scoring work as expected.

  • Step 1: Select the Preview button to go into Preview mode.

  • Step 2: Answer the question with the correct answers, including alternates.

    • Selecting Show Answers will present the correct answers.

  • Step 3: Verify that the auto-score correctly calculates the point value.

Here is a short clip of this question type from the student's perspective.

If you'd like to see specific parts of the tutorial, use the timing outline below:

  • Overview: Begins the video

  • Horizontal Keypad - 0:23

  • Moving the Keypad - 0:30

  • Basic (Default keypad) Introduction - 0:57

    • Fractions - 1:24

    • Mixed Numbers - 1:38

    • Exponents - 1:53

  • Using Additional Keypads - 2:17

➡️ Want to preview the entire assessment? Click here for details.

More Options

There are other layout, formatting, and scoring options available.

Other Scoring Options

  • Unscored/Practice usage: removes all scoring from the item.

  • Check answer button & Check answer attempts: find more information here!

  • Penalty points: use this option if you want students to lose points for giving incorrect answers.

  • Minimum score if attempted: 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).

Layout Options

Here are the most commonly used layout options:

  • Change the font size: In the Font size dropdown menu, you can change the font size of all components of the question to small, normal, large, extra large, or huge.

  • Change the size of the response box(es): In the Width (px) and Height (px) fields, you can adjust the size of the response box. The default size is about 20px, so you can use that as your guide.

Do you have multiple response boxes you want to make different sizes? select the + Add button under Response Containers (individual); that will give you the option to change make each response box a different size.

Keypad Options

  • The defaults for a math question will always be Basic and Keyboard.

There are several different keypads to choose from, as well as placements of the keypad. For more information, check out this article.

Learnosity Resources:

Otus Live

Below is a video from our Otus Live series on how to create a cloze math question.

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