Scoring Methods in BetterExaminations

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BetterExaminations is an online examination software integrated with UWindsor's directory that automatically syncs all courses and students to the site. The software has a plethora of question types and can serve as an alternative to Blackboard's assessment tool for instructors who are looking for more advanced and customizable questions. This wiki article will cover all scoring methods in BetterExaminations, how to use them, considerations for using particular methods, and which question types the scoring methods are to be used for.

Accessing BetterExaminations

To access BetterExaminations, go to and it should automatically log you in using the University of Windsor's Single Sign On (SSO).

Alternatively, you can login to Blackboard by going to and navigate to your course, then go to Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Better Exams to launch the software in a new browser window.

Scoring Methods Comparison

Scoring Method Description Applicable Question Types Additional Scoring Options Resources
equivSymbolic The equivSymbolic scoring method checks that the entered value is symbolically equivalent.

Ex. Given that the answer to a question is 50, then 25x2 is accepted, 500/10, 5000%, etc.

Math questions Significant decimal places, Allow interval, Ignore text, Compare sides, Treat 'e' as Euler's number, Allow decimal marks, Treat all letters as variables.

Refer to the Resources section for more info.

equivSymbolic documentation page
equivLiteral The equivLiteral method checks that an expression is literally equal to the answer set. Both expressions should have the same form, order, elements, and values. Meaning the answer provided by the student must match exactly with the specified answer.

Ex. tan(x)= sin(x)/cos(x)

Math questions

Chemistry questions

Ignore order, Inverse result.

Refer to the Resources section for more info.

equivLiteral documentation page
equivValue equivValue compares numerical values that may be represented in different ways, such as 1L = 1000mL. equivValue will evaluate the expression to a numerical form for comparison.

Ex. 700g=0.7kg Math questions] Tolerance, Inverse result, Significant decimal places

Refer to the Resources section for more info.

equivValue documentation page
isSimplified 1 2 3
isFactorised 1 2 3
isExpanded 1 2 3
isUnit 1 2 3
isTrue 1 2 3
stringMatch 1 2 3
DRAFT [equivSyntax] 1 2 3

Relevant Resources

For more information on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following resources:

  • For an instructor quick start guide on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following instructor press book.

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