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Advanced Assessment Item Feature: Desmos Calculators

How to insert a Desmos calculator into your Advanced Assistance

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Written by Monica Burke
Updated over a week ago

The Desmos Calculators are features that you can insert into your Advanced Assessment items. Features are like the "extras" you can add to your items. For more information on questions vs features, click here.

➡️ Need help getting started with Advanced Assessment first? Click here

The Desmos Calculators are calculators provided by Desmos that can be used with any question type.


This is the Desmos Four Function Calculator with a Cloze Math question.

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How to Add a Desmos Calculator to your Advanced Assessment

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: Rather than adding a calculator to an empty item, We recommend building the question first, then adding the calculator. If you haven't built the question yet, that's ok too, you can just add it later.

➡️ The example below shows how to add a calculator to an item that contains a Cloze Math question. A calculator can be added to any item at any time, not just math questions!

Step 1 - Add the Feature

  • While in the item you wish to add the calculator to, select the + symbol to add a new feature.

  • Select the Features tab and choose one of the three Desmos Calculator options. If you aren't sure which one to choose, see examples here.

    • Desmos Four Function Calculator

    • Desmos Scientific Calculator

    • Desmos Graphing Calculator

❗ Looking for just a standard calculator? Click here.

Four Function



Step 2 - Determine Optional Settings

  • Size: you can adjust the size of the calculator by changing the width and height.

  • You can also choose from a list of calculators that have been designed for specific states and/or assessments.

Step 3 - Save

  • Once you've determined the optional settings, select Save.

Step 4 - Move

  • If the calculator button is not where you'd like it, you can move it to another location in the item by selecting the drag and drop icon on the right side. See the example below.

Student Usage

The calculator will appear as a button along with the question. Clicking it once will open the calculator, and clicking it a second time will hide the calculator. The calculator can also be moved around by selecting the drag icon at the top of the calculator. See the example below:

Otus Live Video

Below is a video from our Otus Live series on how to use Desmos calculators in Otus.

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