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Using ASSISTments

Using ASSISTments

Author: Kathleen Harkless
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Hi Everyone!

I'm sorry I cannot be there today, but I wanted to put together this tutorial on Sophia to show you a formative assessment tool that I found called ASSISTments.  It was created by Carnegie Mellon and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and it is completely free!  Please watch the short overview video produced by Assistments and then the video I recorded showing how a lot of the questions work.  After those videos, please read the brief description at the bottom of the page where I talk about how the tool can benefit you.

Overview of ASSISTments

Previewing Assistments

Benefits to the Teacher (You!)

In the video above, I showed you what Assistments looks like from the student side.  The teacher side is very helpful.  Here are some of the benefits:

-It grades for you (with the exception of the essay questions)

-You can view how long students took on each problem and what hints or steps they used

-It analyzes class's responses and will let you know about common incorrect answers

-You can create a test bank and pull from these questions

-Amazing formative assessment!  Students can find out if their answers are correct or incorrect as soon as they answer.  They also learn how to break down a problem if they cannot answer it.  Students will be better prepared when they come to class and will know what questions they have. 

-You will be better prepared for class as well.  You will know ahead of time which homework problems were difficult for students and what you should go over in class.


If you are interested in learning more about Assistments, I urge you to register with them at  They need to verify that you are a real teacher at a real school, so expect to wait for your registration.  There are also lessons that you must complete through Edmodo.  They are not difficult, but they make sure that you understand how to create and use the assistments.

Feel free to e-mail me at anytime if you have questions or want some help with setting it up.  There is a little bit of a learning curve, and I am still learning all the ins and outs of it.