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Grade Level 6-12
Set-up Moderate
Question Types Multiple Choice, Written Response, True/False, Drawing
Searchable Examples No
Group Size Whole class and individual


  • Real-time monitoring
  • Students can create an account with their Google account
  • Embeds nicely into Canvas
  • Use LaTex to write math equations or symbols


  • Sign-up required
  • No app
  • The free version is limited to 20 enhanced PDF questions and 4 data exports per month

What is Formative?

Formative is a web based assessment tool that allows students to use any internet connected device to type, draw, or submit images to demonstrate their understanding.

What is set-up like?

Set-up is simple and intuitive. They could be used as a warm-up, exit ticket, quiz, test, poll, worksheet, homework assignment, and much more. To create a Formative, teachers click on the add buttons and choose the question type. Question types include multiple choice, multiple selection, short answer, essay, drawing, and true or false. They can also add images, text, drawings, videos, and embedded content to the activity. You can even upload an existing PDF file and add places for students to respond on the document. Points can be assigned to each question.

The teacher creates the activity and students work on the Formative independently at their own pace. Students join using a code or a link. Teachers can also set-up and assign Formatives to a class. Formatives can easily be shared with colleagues using a clone code. There is currently no searchable database of premade examples. Some examples are available in a sortable Google Sheet Resources spreadsheet.

What type of data feedback is available?

The teacher can monitor student work as they respond to the questions. Responses are saved automatically and can be accessed at any time on their account. Data can be exported as a CSV or Google Sheet file, but you only get 4 downloads a month with the free version.

See it in Action