Creating Math/Grid Style Test Questions

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A math or grid question allows students to bubble in a number or fraction in response to a math or problem solving style question on the test.

Once you have started a new test, to add a math section go to the Test Editor, click “Add”, and then select “Math” from the dropdown.


The first section in the editor is the “Primary” section.

This is where you can decide how your math response bubbles will appear.

The first option you have is Question Text.  You can type your question her to appear above the math response bubbles.

Next is the Answer Length. This determines how many rows/columns of bubbles your answer will provide. There is a choice of up to 15 digits for your response.

Next to that selection, you have the choice of question Orientation. This is where you can decide if your question will be Vertical or Horizontal orientation.

Under the Answer Length selection, you will find four checkboxes to choose among:

  • The first box, “Include negative sign bubble”, adds a negative sign to your bubble selection options for negative numeric responses.
  • The second box, “Include fraction slash bubble”, will add a fraction slash bubble to your bubble selections for fraction responses.
  • The third box, “Include decimal point bubble”, will add a decimal point bubble to your bubble selections for responses that require decimal places.
  • The fourth box, "Include empty bubble", will add an empty bubble to your bubble selections for responses that require an empty bubble.

You have the decision to include any combination of these in your answer bubbles, or none of them if they aren’t needed for your test.  

Under the Orientation selection, you will find two more checkboxes to choose between.

  • The first box, “Show question number”, gives you the option to include question numbers in this section. Uncheck the box to add the section without question numbers.
  • The second box, “Show write-in underscores adjacent to bubbles”, adds in underscores where students can write their responses next to or above the bubble answers.

 An example of a math question with a fraction slash bubble and write-in underscores


The second section of the editor is “Design”, which can be accessed at the top of the section editor.

In this section, you have the opportunity to add a section title and determine the question number to with which to start.

The section title is not a required field to add the Math section. This title can be used to differentiate between different sections you may have on your test (e.g. Problem Solving Questions or Solve the Equations, etc.).

The second part of the Design section is the starting question number. This allows you to decide what number to start with for question numbering. This is based off the rest of your test.

For Example:

If you have a section on your form before this new math section that ends on Question 40, you have two options:

-You can leave the box blank, which will label the first question with the next number in the sequence (41), or

-You can determine your own value with which to start the section. Determining your own value to start your section allows you to input any alphabetical or numerical value up to 4-digits long.

 An example of a Section Title

The third part of the editor is "Layout" which can be accessed at the top of the section editor.  You can choose how to layout the math questions.

  • Flow (Fit Width) - The math grid question will be the only question for the width of the page.
  • Fit-Width - The math grid question will be the only question for the width of the page.
  • Side-by-Side - This option will allow the next math grid question to show on the same line as the previous math grid question.

 Once you have completed setting up the math question as desired, click the Save Section button.




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