How do I create a math formula item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a math formula item. A math formula question is a fill-in-the-blank item that requires the student to enter a mathematical expression using the keyboard or an on-screen keypad.


  • District and school administrators (admins) can also create items directly in the district item bank.
  • This question type is now deprecated, meaning it will not be updated in the future. Consider creating a cloze math formula instead.

Add New Item

In the Global Navigation menu, click the Assessments link. Then, follow the steps to create a new item.

Enter Question or Instructions

Enter the question or item prompt in the Compose question text field [1].

To enter an expression containing a blank for students to fill in, click in the Template field [2].

Enter Template

Enter Template

When you click in the Template field, a keypad of symbols, numbers, and operators displays. To view a different keypad, click the Basic drop-down menu [1] and select a different keypad. To view a keypad containing all available symbols, numbers, and operators, select the All Symbols keypad.

Enter a mathematical expression using your keyboard or using the keypad [2].

Enter one or more blanks to be filled in by the student. To enter a blank, click the Response icon [3]. A response placeholder displays [4].

Note: To view keyboard shortcuts for keypad operators, click the Information icon [5].

Set Correct Answers

Set Correct Answers

Enter a point value for the item in the Point(s) text box [1].

Enter the contents of the template as well as the correct answer in the Value field [2].

Optionally, to enter an alternate correct answer, click the Add icon [3].

Enter Alternate Answer Points

Add Alternate Answers

On the Alternate 1 tab, enter the point value for the alternate answer in the Point(s) text box [1]. Then, click the Add button [2].

Enter Alternate Answer

Enter Alternate Answer

Enter an alternate correct answer in the Alternate 1 Value field  [1].

To delete an alternate answer, click the Delete icon [2].

Select Scoring Method

Select Scoring Method

To specify how the item is scored, click the Method drop-down menu and select a scoring method [1]. For some scoring methods, you can also enable additional scoring options [2].

To use combine scoring methods, click the Add link [3].

To add additional scoring, layout, and formatting options for the item or the keypad, click the More options drop-down menu [4].

View Authoring Help

For more information about additional authoring options, scroll to the top of the item authoring page and click the Authoring Help icon.

Add Optional Features

Add Optional Features

To add optional features to the item, click the Add Feature button [1] and select the features you wish to add from the drop-down menu [2]. Learn more about adding passages and other features.

Note: The Desmos calculators are only available in districts that have paid Desmos subscriptions.

Validate Answers

Validate Answers

To preview the item interaction, click the mouse on a response box and drag it to the number line. Repeat for all response boxes.

To view correct and incorrect answers, click the Show Answers checkbox [1]. Correct answers display a check mark and are shaded green. Incorrect answers display an X and are shaded red [2]. If the answer in a response box is incorrect, the correct answer displays in a yellow response box [3].  

The number of points awarded for the item as answered in the preview window over the number of points possible display in the scoring bubble [4].

Save or Publish Item  

To save the item as a draft and keep editing enabled, click the Save As Draft button [1]. When you save an item as a draft, it can be edited and deleted in your personal item bank and by admins in the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with teachers in your district, click the Publish button [2]. When you publish an item, it displays in the district teacher item bank and is available to all users in your district. You can delete the item from your personal item bank, and admins can delete the item from the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with admins only, click the Publish & Reserve button [3]. When you publish and reserve an item, you can delete it in your personal item bank, and admins can view and delete the item in the district teacher item bank.

To delete the question and return to the Create New Item page, click the Go Back button [4].