When creating an advanced assessment, one of the available categories is for math questions. Essentially, there are three variations of math questions; Cloze, Formula, and Desmos. See below for details.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: when in doubt, choose Cloze Math! It is the simplest math question to build, and allows for the most flexible scoring options.


Cloze Questions

  • Have the most flexible scoring.

  • Can have multiple lines of answer entry.

  • Allows multiple responses boxes for a single question, and those responses can be scored separately.

Cloze Math

The student enters a math response into one or more response boxes.

Cloze Math with Image

The student enters a math response into one or more response boxes on an image.

Math Essay

The student can input both text and math formulas/symbols within the same response, usually when a response needs further explanation.


Formula Math Questions

  • Allows for more advanced scoring.

  • Can have only a single line of answer entry.

  • Allows multiple response boxes for a single question, but those responses are scored in conjunction with one another; they are unable to be scored separately.

Math Formula

In this question type, students will be able to input any answer that makes the statement(s) true.

Math Fill in the Blanks

This question type is identical to Math Formula, except that when you build it, there are two response boxes in the template by default.

Math with Text

This question type is identical to Math Formula, except that when you build it, there is text in the template by default.

Math with Units

This question type is identical to Math Formula, except that when you build it, there is text related to units of measurement in the template by default.

Math with Fractions

This question type is identical to Math Formula, except that when you build it, there are fractions in the template by default.

Math with Matrices

This question type is identical to Math Formula, except that when you build it, there are matrices in the template by default.


Desmos Math Questions

Desmos questions are on separate tabs, marked with the green Desmos symbol. These question types are created using the Desmos Builder, and are the most advanced math question types.

  • Algebra I

  • Algebra II

  • Geometry

  • Statistics

  • Economics

  • Calculus

  • Miscellaneous


Additional Resources

➡️ Don't forget about those multiple choice, short answer, and matching questions!

  • Looking for a list of all question types? Click here.

  • Looking for a list of question types categorized by level of difficulty to create? Click here.

  • Looking for other subject areas? Check out math, social studies, and ELA.


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