Maths calculation questions allow you to carry out mathematical calculations, using real mathematical notation. This allows you to show each step of your working and your final answer as you would be expected to in a real exam.
Maths calculation answer questions look like this:
The blue buttons trigger different mathematical objects for you to use to answer your question.
By pressing the blue 'Symbols' button, you will be able to access the mathematical symbols that are relevant for you to answer this question. Beware though; some of the more difficult questions may present symbols that are not needed to answer the question, and are there to test you do know what symbols to write!
Some symbols may require you to input more information, such as inputting powers.
Add To Working
To be able to answer some questions (particularly those worth more than 1 mark) you will need to add your workings to your answer in order to achieve marks for these too.
a) Toggle Working Section: This button toggles the working box. You can toggle it on and off whilst answering a question.
b) Add To Working: This button will add the contents of the Answer box to your Working box. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can press the 'Remove Last Line of Working' button to clear the last line you inputted!
When you are confident that you have inputted all of your working (if necessary) into the Working box and you have inputted your answer into the Answer box, then you can click on Submit Answer!
The Answer page for Maths calculation answer questions looks like this:
a) Student Answer: This is the answer you inputted on the Question page.
b) Student Workings: These are the lines of Working that you inputted on the Question page. It is not always necessary for a question to have working marks, so sometimes this box may be empty if you didn't have any working marks.
c) Answer: This is the correct answer. If you got the answer correct then the question will automatically award you full marks. If you did not get the answer correct then the question will award you one mark for every Correct Working point you have.
d) Correct Working: These are the Correct Working points. You will only need to choose which ones are applicable to you if you did not get the correct answer.
e) Explanation: The Explanation section explains why the answer is correct. So, if you're unsure whether you wrote the right answer or working marks, then check out the answer explanation!
In the question example I have been using for this guide, you can see that (in the image below) I did not get full marks. You can see from the Explanation box that I managed to achieve all of the working points, however in the question that was given, you can clearly see that the units are in cm and because in my final answer I didn't say the unit, I, therefore, do not get full marks.
I did, however, achieve each of the working points, so I get 3 marks out of 4.
The below image shows you what happens when a question does not require you to add your workings. In general, any 1 mark questions will not require you to add your workings. You can also see the Correct Working box shows you that no extra marks are available if you did not get the correct answer.