Technology Enhanced Item Advanced NumericOur Technology Enhanced Items Showcase is gaining momentum and the next question type on our list is Advanced Numeric!

As promised, December is going to be full of posts covering step-by-step instructions for crafting assessments with our items.

(We’re even going to give everyone a sneak peek into some stellar upcoming student- and teacher-centered features).

Quick tip: Advanced Numeric can include multiple numeric constructed response boxes. The question can also have an alternate correct answer. Combine with essay or Scratchpad to get auto-graded answer and see students’ work (gaining valuable insights into their thought process).

See Advanced Numeric in action!


TEI Advanced Numeric 

Standards & Learning Objectives Covered

| 8.G Geometry | 8.G.C.9 |

Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.

Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

What You Want Students To Do

Students type numbers in a constructed response box with a maximum number of characters. 

Pedagogical Value

No math tools—numbers only. Evidence-based; tests students’ higher-order thinking skills. First step in their journey to solving real-life mathematical problems using formulas to calculate various real-world volumes. 


Used in Mathematics Assessments. Grading = auto-scoring. Advanced Numeric also checks for math equivalence: 1.5 = 1.50 = 3/2 = 1 1/2 etc.

Creating a Advanced Numeric Question

Below I’ll cover step-by-step how you can create a Advanced Numeric question to add to your technology-enhanced assessments. *Click each image for an enlarged view. 

The question featured in the following example:

If the volume of an Orange is 288π cm^3, then what’s the radius of the fruit? 

Step 1

Step 2

From your dashboard click on the main menu button to access Assessment. From there, click on + New Assessment and then Create New Assessment.

Make sure you have the correct subject and grade level—and then select the standard you’d like to create an assessment for (in this example 8.G.C.9 is near the bottom).

Step 3

Step 4

After clicking Create, choose Advanced Numeric from the interactive question types list.

Start by creating your question with the Text Editor. From the example above enter: “If the volume of an Orange is 288π cm^3, then what’s the radius of the fruit?” You will be able add the details with the Math Editor (displayed as the square root of x).

  • Click on the pi symbol to insert after 288.
  • Choose the superscript option to add cm squared.

Step 5

Step 6

After you enter your entire question, with the aid of the Math Editor, you can now do the following:

  • Add an optional image of the sphere volume formula.

Prepare for your final steps to finish the question (remember to click Save and then Review):

  • Add your correct answer to the problem and remember to click “Accept answer”. *Tip: You want to make sure that your unit of measurement is not present in the answer field. You can add it next to the text area above (beside the Maple Numeric field). 
  • Give students the new ability to show their work with Edulastic’s Scratchpad (make sure to check off “Allow student to use Scratchpad”).

Step 7

Here’s a quick breakdown of how the student will see your Advanced Numeric question: 

  • Like the previous Expression Evaluator post, you can add in a hint (URL to a support video).
  • If students choose to show their work, they can easily bring the Scratchpad up by selecting “Show your work”.
  • The Scratchpad has the following features and can used for an array or interactive and technology-enhanced question types: Editing; Pencil; Lines (Straight, Curved, Arrow); Point; Text; Quadrilateral; Circle; Triangle; Grid Background; Math Tools (Protractor & Ruler); and a robust Math Editor

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