ExamSoft includes the WIRIS/Math Type formula editor. Using this editor, you can create formulas and equations for any kind of content: mathematics, physics, and the sciences.*Note:*

For detailed instructions, go to these resources on the Math Type help site:

## Procedure

- Within the question toolbar, stem, or answer choice, select the
**Formula Editor**button (square root symbol).*Enterprise Portal: Location of Formula Editor button in question stem and answer choices**Enterprise Portal: Location of Formula Editor button in toolbar**Legacy Portal: Location of Formula Editor button* - At the top of the WIRIS editor, select the tab for the type of formula that you want to add.
*Tip:*To learn more about a tab, hover your mouse pointer over it. - Create your equation by selecting buttons, typing characters, or using the touchscreen option (see the Tips below this procedure).
- When you're ready to insert your formula, select the
**Insert**or**Accept**button (in the lower right corner of the editor).*Tips:*- For detailed information about the formula editor, select the
**Help button**(in the top right corner of the toolbar). - To learn more about a button, hover your mouse over it.
*Example* - To use your touchscreen and/or mouse/keyboard to draw the formula, select the
**touchscreen button**(on the right).Within the touchscreen area, you can use these options:

- Select the
**Undo**button if you make a mistake. - Use the
**eraser**icon to fix a small mistake. - To reset the entire equation, select the
**trash can****icon**. - To return to the default view, select the
**keyboard button**(in the lower left corner).

For more information, see "Handwritten Input" article on the Math Type help site.

- Select the
- To return to regular text after entering subscript or superscript, press the
**right-arrow key**. - To navigate between the layers of a fraction, use the
**up- and down-arrow keys**. - To find additional characters that are not shown on the General toolbar, select the
**Insert special characters**button (next to the Italic button). - If you need to edit a formula after inserting it, simply click on it to reopen the editor.
- For tips about using the formula editor with screen reader software, your keyboard, and other assistive technology, see the "Accessibility" article on the Math Type help site.
- For more help with the WIRIS editor, see the example section of this article or go to the Math Type WIRIS tutorials.

- For detailed information about the formula editor, select the

## Example

This example walks you through the steps to create a Multiple Choice question that includes formulas in the question stem and the answer choices.

**Question Stem**

As shown below, we want to use a formula within the question stem:

- Create a new Multiple Choice question.
- In the question stem area, select the
**Formula**button. - Use your keyboard to type the characters, spaces, and colon at the beginning of the equation.
- To enter the first Mu and the subscript 2:
- Select the
**Greek**tab, and then select the**Mu**button. - Select the
**General**tab, and then select the**Subscript**button.

- Select the
- Press the
**right-arrow key**to move the cursor out of the subscript area. - Type the equal-to symbol by using your keyboard.
- To enter the next Mu and subscript, simply copy and paste the first one, and then change the subscript number to 1.
- Press the
**right-arrow key**, and then continue entering the equation. - To enter the not-equal-to symbol:
- Select the
**Insert special characters**button. - Scroll about halfway down, and then select the not-equal-to button.
*Tip:*To find a symbol more easily, enter its decimal or hexadecimal code. You can look up these codes by using a resource such as UnicodeLookup.com.

- Select the
- Finish entering the equation, and then select
**Insert**.

**Answer Choice A**

For the first answer choice, we want to enter this equation:

- Select the
**Formula**button for Answer Choice A. - Use your keyboard to enter the letter
*t*and the equal-to symbol. - Select the
**Scripts and layout**tab. - Select the
**Big fraction**button. - Click in the numerator area, and use your keyboard to enter
*68.5-65*. - To enter the fraction in the denominator:
- Click in the denominator area, and then select the
**Small fraction**button. - Enter the number
*5.2*in the numerator. - In the denominator, select the
**Square root**button, and then enter*42*.

- Click in the denominator area, and then select the
- Press the
**right-arrow key**until the cursor is on the right side of the big fraction and the cursor height matches the height of the big fraction. - Use your keyboard to enter the rest of the equation.
- Finish entering the equation, and then select
**Insert**.

### Answer Choice B

For the second answer choice, we want to enter this equation:

- Since this answer is almost the same as Answer Choice A, copy Answer Choice A:
- Click on the formula in Answer Choice A to reopen the editor.
- Drag your mouse across the enter equation to select it, and then select the
**Copy**button. - Select
**Cancel**to close Answer Choice A.

- Select the
**Formula**button for Answer Choice B. - Select the
**Paste**button to paste the copied equation. - Insert a minus sign to change 4.36 to -4.36, as shown in the example.
- Select
**Insert**.

### Answer Choice C

For the third answer choice, we want to enter this equation:

You can use your keyboard to type the letter and numbers. You'll find the **Greater-than-or-equal-to **button near the center of the toolbar on the General tab.

### Answer Choice D

For the final answer choice, we want to enter this equation:

This example uses techniques that you learned in the previous examples. Use the **Big fraction**, **Small fraction**, and **Square root **buttons to enter the equation.

*Tip: *Use the arrow keys to navigate through the various levels of fractions.

**Up-Arrow:**Move the cursor into the numerator.**Down-Arrow:**Move the cursor into the denominator.**Left:**Move the cursor to the left of the current object.**Right:**Move the cursor to the left of the current object.