Wiris Quizzes 4

A new Wiris Quizzes version with a more modern interface and new capabilities will be available soon. This page presents all the changes the tool undergoes and all its new features a few months before its publication, so you'll have an idea of what to expect. Take a first glance at Wiris Quizzes 4, to be released in 2021

Frequently asked questions

You can find the frequently asked questions about Wiris Quizzes 4 here. Please contact support@wiris.com if you have other questions.
Wiris Quizzes 4 introduces a new user interface, much more intuitive than in previous versions. With this new interface, you will be able to use Wiris Quizzes' artificial intelligence to filter the input and validation options, based on the correct answer set. Then when you evaluate the additional properties of the question, the Studio options are much clearer and easier to apply.
New interface in Wiris Quizzes 4.
All numeric answer types fall into the Equation type and there is no need to distinguish between answers with and without units or currencies. Just enable the corresponding units and prefixes in Input options > Input syntax, and Wiris Quizzes will handle the rest. In addition, there is a new answer type named Graphic that allows students to graph their answers.
There are only 2 answer types now.
For more information about the graphical answer, see its dedicated page.

In previous versions of Wiris Quizzes, when you selected the answer type there were three options (shown in the screenshot): general (for generic mathematical expressions), quantity (for answers with units and currencies), and text (for pure text answers without mathematical content).

Answer types in Quizzes 3 were general, quantity, and text.

In the sections that follow, we've described the new Equation Type options available in Wiris Quizzes 4.

As a brand new feature of Wiris Quizzes 4, you will be able to establish an initial content for the student's answer. Thus, the math editor where they must write the answer won't be empty, and the students will know the format of the expected answer.
There's a new tab for specifying the expected format of the final answer.

For instance, imagine you want to create a question which answer is fraction numerator square root of 2 over denominator 2 end fraction, and you want the answer written as a fraction. As some students would tend to answer in decimal format, you can persuade them by defining the answer's format in the Initial content editor.

Animation showing instructor entering initial content.

Besides, it's also possible to import information from the initial content to the correct answer or vice-versa. Thus, you can build the corresponding mathematical expression once, and it will appear automatically on the correct answer, ready to be edited.

Copy initial content option
Now it's possible to filter the options that appear as input and validation options. This is based on an analysis of the established correct answer, hiding options that aren't relevant. If you want to show the hidden options, click Show all options.
You have the choice to show all input and validation options or to show only those options that are relevant to the correct answer.

For instance, imagine you want to create a question involving mathematical constants such as straight pi. After you have established the correct answer, the Input options and the Validation options sections will have the two choices mentioned:

Animation showing the difference between "Show all options" and "Show relevant options".
There is a new section called Input options that concentrates the choice of input method and the expected input by the student. It's divided into three parts: Compound answer (to ask for more than one answer in the same question), Answer input method (to select the type of editor with which the student will answer and the presence or not of auxiliary editors) and Input syntax (to define which syntax elements are correctly recognized).
Animation showing selecting input options.

In general, these sections work similarly as in previous versions. You just have to manually activate those units and prefixes that you want to enable as discussed above. If you prefer it, you can select All and the whole available units and prefixes will be activated.

New method of selecting input options.

In previous versions, when you selected the method and the expected input of the student, it had to be defined between the Correct answer and Validation tabs.

From the Correct answer tab in Wiris Quizzes 3:
Graphic shows old method for choosing student's expected input of the answer.
From the Validation tab in Wiris Quizzes 3:
Graphic shows old method for choosing student's expected input syntax.
There is a new section called Validation options, which sets the criteria for comparing the correct answer with the student's one, taking into account its format. It's divided into four parts: Comparison with student answer (with the same goal as in previous versions, but without entering specific intervals of acceptance), Numbers (to define the tolerance and accuracy with which the system will accept the student's response), Simplification (with the same goal as the old additional properties section) and Units of measure (to impose if units of measure have to coincide).
Animation showing choosing validation options for the student's answer.

This section has no significant changes to its purpose or organization, beyond the two new validation options presented below. In previous versions, there were two main sections beyond the aforementioned allowed entry: comparison with the student response (to define which values are accepted as correct) and additional properties (to describe which formats are allowed).

Old version: comparison with student response.
Old version: additional properties.

Symbolic answer

The first one is called Symbolic answer and is intended for those occasions when we want the student response to be a combination of operations, fractions, roots and functions, and no solution is allowed in decimal format.
Symbolic answer -- no decimal format allowed.

In previous versions, this option was included in additional properties such as has fraction form, has polynomial form,… From now on, it will be unified in a single option that will encompass many more possibilities.

This section defines the structure of the required answer.

Exact answer

The second new option is called Exact answer and will be what is called zero tolerance. This is an option that didn't exist in previous versions and will only accept answers that are exactly the same as the correct one. If the correct answer is square root of 2, for example, an answer of 1.414 is not acceptable.
When an exact answer is required, specify that here.