Math Short Answer: AMP Enhanced Question Type

Add a Math-Essay question to create an open-ended question that may require mathematical symbols in the response.

Question Setup

Select Math-Essay from the drop-down menu of question types. Enter your question into the Question Setup field.  

Enable rich text options in the Text Formatting Options for Students area.  Add additional options by clicking +Options and selecting from the drop-down menu. Remove a rich text option by clicking the x next to it.

Enable student access to mathematical keyboards in the Symbols area. Add additional math keyboards by clicking +Options and selecting from the drop-down menu.


There is no limit to the number of math keyboards you can enable for a question. Students have the option to scroll through the keyboards and select the one they wish to use to answer the question while taking the assessment.
Select a Default Mode:

  • Select Text default mode for the regular text keyboard to display by default.
  • Select Math default mode for the math equation keyboard to display by default.
  • Students have the option to toggle between these keyboards regardless of which default mode you choose.

Add a text block to define a list of custom units (such as g, kg, cm, oz etc.) that will not be rendered as LaTeX. This will allow students to type in units while answering a question with a numerical answer without having to switch back to the Text keyboard.

Click +Option to add additional text blocks. Click the x next to a text block to remove it.

Click Save to complete the question.

Align Learning Objectives

Click Learning Objectives to open the Learning Objectives browser window. Click Browse/Search to find and add specific objectives, or click Manage for objectives already aligned to the question.

Once you are finished editing the question, click Save. To see how the question will appear to a student taking it in an assessment, click Preview Question. To exit the preview screen and return to the question editor, click Edit Question.

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