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

This **Math** question is the new and improved version of "Cloze math"!

The **Math** question is the **digital** **version** of a **fill-in-the-blank line** on a paper test. The student **enters a math response** into one or more response boxes.

**Example:**

**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 *Math*.

## Compose the Question

Type the 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

## Add Answer Content

Type the content involved with the

**answer**of the question. in the**Formula****Template**section.The

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

To add a response box, select the

**Response****Box****button**from the toolbar:

**Answers and Scoring**

Below is an image of what it looks like to set the correct answer.

**Step 1: Enter a Point Value**

Determine a point value for the answer. The default point value is 1.

**Step 2: Enter the Correct Answer**

The correct answer goes in the

**Value**field, as shown above.We

**do not recommend including words in your correct answer**. This type of question is specifically designed to score mathematical answers; including words increases the likelihood of auto-scoring errors.Does your answer have a

**comma separator (example: 12,000)**?

Does your answer involve a **mathematical** **symbol** that is not part of the "basic" keypad?

You will need to enable additional keypads for the students to use. Click here for more information.

**Step 2.5: Additional Correct Answers / Alternate Answers**

Click to see how to enter more than one correct answer.

Click to see how to enter more than one correct answer.

If there is

**more than one correct answer**(*for example, the student can enter 12 or 13 as the correct answer*) you can add alternate answers by selecting the**blue + button.**If you are looking to

**accept multiple forms of the same value**(for example, 0.5 and 1/2), that can be set up in a different way. Check out the**equivSymbolic scoring method**below. The method shown to the right outlines how to set alternate correct answers that**do not have the same value**.

**Step 3: Choose a Scoring** **Method**

*Choosing a scoring method tells Otus exactly what to look for when auto-scoring the question**. *

In some cases, you may want students to get credit for different forms of the same answer, for example, 0.5 and 1/2. There are three available scoring options;

**equivLiteral**,**equivSymbolic**, and**equivValue**. Read below to determine which scoring option is best for the question you are writing.

💡 **equivSymbolic** is used most often! It is the most flexible scoring method.

## equivSymbolic

Will accept a response that is **mathematically** **equivalent** to the correct answer, even if they are in **different forms ***(in other words, " symbolically equivalent to").* 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

, other forms of 0.5 will be considered correct, like*0.5***1/2**or**4/8**.This scoring method allows variables

This is the

scoring method.*most commonly used*

## 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

, only*0.5*will be considered correct.*0.5*This scoring method allows variables.

This scoring method is

used.*sometimes*This is the default scoring method.

## equivValue

Will **compare** **numerical** **values** that may be represented in different ways, such as units of measurement.

If the correct answer is

, a student response such as*14ft*will be correct.*168in*This scoring method

**does****not**allow variables.If you need to

**accept a range of answers**, this is the type to use.This scoring method is

**rarely**used. When in doubt, use equivSymbolic.

💡 **Tips**:

Most of the checkbox settings

**are not often used**.

To learn more about the additional checkbox for each scoring method, check out these resources:

## Step 4: 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 5: Choose a Scoring Type

The scoring type is only necessary if you have **more than one response box **in the question. The scoring type allows you to give partial credit.

Click to see the options for scoring type, including **Exact Match**, **Partial Match per Response**, and **Partial Match**.

Click to see the options for scoring type, including **Exact Match**, **Partial Match per Response**, and **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.

Click to see **a short clip of this question type from the student's perspective.**

Click to see **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

The student experience for Math and Cloze Math is identical.

**More Options **

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

## Scoring

Click to see other scoring options, such as penalty points, check answers, accepting a range of answers, and more.

Click to see other scoring options, such as penalty points, check answers, accepting a range of answers, and more.

**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. Find more information here!**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).

## Accepting a range of answers (tolerance)

Use

**equivValue**.Choose

**Range****between**from the**Tolerance**dropdown. Then identify the minimum and maximum values.

## Layout

Click to see how to change the **size of the response boxes.**

Click to see how to change the **size of the response boxes.**

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.

Here are some examples:

❓ *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

Click to see how to change the **math** **keypad** available to the students.

Click to see how to change the **math** **keypad** available to the students.

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.

## Extras

**Learnosity Resources**

You can read more about this question type on **Learnosity's Author Guide.**

**Otus Live Video**

Click to view a video from our Otus Live series on the Math question for advanced assessments.

Click to view a video from our Otus Live series on the Math question for advanced assessments.

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