Advanced Assessments are one of the available assessment types in Otus; it is the most powerful, with over 60 available question types ranging from the basic multiple-choice, to graphing in the first quadrant. We know how overwhelming it can feel to begin working on Advanced Assessments for the first time, so we've created this guide to help get you started!

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πŸ”– Throughout this article, you can find links to recommended reading for the various topics. Just look for the bookmark icon! You can find a list of all recommended readings at the bottom of this article.

What is an Advanced Assessment?

The Fundamental Idea:

An Advanced Assessment is made up of items, questions, and features.

  • Items are the containers that hold your questions.

  • You can have multiple questions in one item.

  • You can also include features like calculators and reading passages.

  • The basic outline of the steps for building an Advanced Assessment is as follows:

  1. Step one is to create an item

  2. Step two is to add questions and features to that item

  3. Step three is to add that item to the assessment.

To help visualize this structure, take a look at the example below. This is an example of one item with three questions:

πŸ”– Recommended Reading: The Difference Between Items, Questions, and Features

Advanced Assessments are Great for:

  • Assessments that require a variety of question types.

  • A variety of scoring methods for questions in an assessment (partial credit, alternate answers...).

  • Longer, more detailed assessments.

  • All content areas

  • Replicating activities that can be found on worksheets.

πŸ”– Recommended Readings: Advanced Assessment Questions by Subject Area and Using Worksheets with your Students

What Does Building One Look Like?

When you are building an Advanced Assessment, there are two components to be aware of:

  • Assessment Builder: located on the top-half of the page, this is the list of items that are on the current assessment you are working on.

  • Item Bank: located on the bottom-half of the page, this is where you can find, build, and save the items you've created. Remember, the items are the containers for your questions.

You Start by Creating an Item

As noted above, the first step to building your advanced assessment is to create an item.

  • After you've created that item, you can the begin to add questions to that item. Here's an example of what adding a question might look like (this example is of a Multiple Choice question).

  • Once you're done adding questions to that item, you can add the item to your assessment builder. Here is an example of a completed item with three questions:

  • You will repeat the process until your assessment is complete!

πŸ”– Recommended Reading: Advanced Assessments: Create an Item

What Types of Questions are Available?

The Advanced Assessment builder is created by our partner company, Learnosity, and there are over 60 question types! Those question types are separated into categories:

Multiple Choice

Fill in the Blanks and Labeling

Classify, Match, and Order

Written and Recorded

Highlight and Drawing






πŸ”– Recommended Reading: Advanced Assessment Question Guide

What Features are Available?

Features are used to enhance your assessments; they can appear in Items alongside questions, or they can appear on their own. There are 12 available features:



Image Tool

Scientific Calculator


Audio Player


Video Player

Desmos Four Function Calculator

Desmos Graphing Calculator

Desmos Scientific Calculator

Line Reader

πŸ”– Recommended Reading: Advanced Assessment Item Features


When assigning an Advanced Assessment, you will be presented with the following optional settings at the bottom of the assigning page:

The options that are unique to Advanced Assessments are:

  • Allow Student Annotation: This will give students access to tools for annotating including a notepad, sticky notes, highlight tool, and drawing tool.

  • Texthelp Speechstream: This is a toolbar that will allow functions such as highlighting, text to speech.

Auto-Score Settings

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.

  • 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.

➑️ 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.

πŸ”– Recommended Reading: Assign an Advanced Assessment

Student View

This is an example of what an Advanced Assessment would look like in a student account:

Students navigate from item to item using the navigation bar found on the right-side of the screen.

  • In this particular assessment, there are 7 items.

  • The student move from item to item by either selecting the item from the list, or using the previous and next arrows located at the bottom of the item list.

Want to Preview the Assessment Yourself?

You can preview the entire assessment as a student would see it by selecting Preview from the mini-menu while in your draft assessments. For more information, check out this resource.

πŸ”– Recommended Reading: Students: How to Take an Advanced Assessment


Here is an example of what it looks like to grade an Advanced Assessment:

πŸ’‘ Tip from the Otus Team: this is an example of a points-based assessment. If you are using a standards-based grading scale, you will see performance levels instead of points for the Score.

  • Ungraded questions will appear at the top of the page. Once they have been graded, they will move back to their respective position on the assessment.

  • Questions that are auto-scored will already have grades. You can manually change the score of any auto-scored questions by clicking in the box with the score.

πŸ”– Recommended Reading: Grading an Advanced Assessment

Otus Live Video

Below is a video from our Otus Live series on how to add questions from a PDF into an Otus Advanced Assessment.

πŸ”–Recommended Readings

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the recommending readings mentioned throughout this article:

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