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Meta Keijzer-de Ruijter is a Project Manager for Digital Testing at TU Delft, an institution that is at the forefront of the digital revolution in academic institutions. Meta has been using Maple T.A. for years, and offered to provide her insight on the role that automated testing & assessment played in improving student pass rates at TU Delft.


Modern technology is transforming many aspects of the world we live in, including education. At TU Delft in the Netherlands, we have taken a leadership role in transforming learning through the use of technology. Our ambition is to get to a point where we are offering fully digitalized degree programs and we believe digital testing and assessment can play an important role in this process.


A few years ago we launched a project with the goal of using digital testing to drastically improve the pass rates in our programs. Digital testing helps organize testing more efficiently for a larger number of students, addressing issues of overcrowded classrooms, and high teaching workloads. To better facilitate this transformation, we decided to adopt Maple T.A., the online testing and assessment suite from Maplesoft. Maple T.A. also provides anytime/anywhere testing, allowing students to take tests digitally, even from remote locations.


Regular and repeated testing produces the best learning results because progressive monitoring offers instructors the possibility of making adjustments throughout the course. The randomization feature in Maple T.A. provides each student with an individual set of problems, reducing the likelihood that answers will be copied. Though Maple T.A. is specialized in mathematics, it also supports more common question types like multiple choice, multiple selection, fill-in-the-blanks and hot spot. Maple T.A.’s question randomization, possibilities for multiple response fields per question and question workflow (adaptive questions) are superior to other options. By offering regular homework assignments and analyzing the results, we gain better insight into the progress of students and the topics that students perceive as difficult. Our lecturers can use this insight to decide whether to repeat particular material or to offer it in another manner. In many courses, preparing and reviewing practice tests comprise an important, yet time-consuming task for lecturers, and Maple T.A. alleviates that burden.


At TU Delft, we require all first-year students to take a math entry test using Maple T.A in order to assess the required level of math. Since the assessment of the student’s ability is so heavily dependent upon qualifying tests, it is extremely important for the test to be completed under controlled conditions. In Maple T.A., it is easy to generate multiple versions of the test questions without increasing the burden of review, as the tests are graded immediately. Students that fail the entry test are offered a remedial course in which they receive explanations and complete exercises, under the supervision of student assistants. The use of Maple T.A. facilitates this process without placing additional burden on the teacher. When the practice tests and the associated feedback are placed in a shared item bank in Maple T.A., teachers are able to offer additional practice materials to students with little effort. It makes it considerably easier on us as teachers to be able to use a variety of question types, thus creating a varied test.


Each semester, TU Delft offers an English placement test that is taken by approximately 200 students and 50 PhD candidates, in which students are required to formulate their reasons for their program choices or research topics. It used to take four lecturers working full-time for two days to mark the tests and report the results to participants in a timely manner. The digitization of this test has saved us considerable time. The hundred fill-in-the-blank questions are now marked automatically, and we no longer have to decipher handwriting for the open questions!


TU Delft is not alone in its emphasis on digital testing; it has a prominent position on the agendas of many institutions in Europe and elsewhere. These institutions are intensively involved in improving, expanding and advocating the positive results from digital testing and digital learning experiences. Online education solutions like Maple T.A. are playing a key role in improving the quality of digital offerings at institutions.

I am very pleased to announce a new user community centered around Maplesoft's online testing and assessment and courseware products. The new site is specifically for instructors and administrators currently using Maple T.A. or Möbius. This community of users are a small, specialised group who we want to bring together so they can share ideas and best practices. To find the community, go to either or

"The Maple T.A. Community has grown organically to support new developers as they pool their knowledge and queries. This has resulted in a fluid searchable structure, with answers available for all levels of question - from beginner to pushing the frontiers of what Maple T.A. has been designed to do. Our summer student interns rely on the Community as they become proficient in their question writing skills - and many have become contributors as they realise that they are in a position to teach others. Opening it out more broadly will be great in sharing good practice on a 'need to know now' basis.”

----Professor Nicola Wilkin, University of Birmingham


What content is in the community?

The community has many posts from active Maple T.A. and Möbius users from beginners to advanced users. The site is broken down into categories like 'Best Practices' - longer form posts that cover a broader concept in more detail and 'Quick Code snippets' that are small piece of code that you can drop straight into your question algorithms.

Much of the content is openly available and can be found by google, however there is additional content that can only be accessed by members of the community, such as the Maple T.A. school material which teaches you how to author content in Maple T.A. and Möbius.


Who runs the community

The community is jointly run by users based at the University of Birmingham, TU Wien, The University of Turin and TU Delft.


How does this fit into Mapleprimes?

It began as an offshoot of a private, internal customer forum. As this community grows, the ultimate goal is to eventually roll it into MaplePrimes proper. But this alternative site gave us the quickest way to get up and running. Maple T.A. and Möbius questions and posts are still welcome on MaplePrimes, and will continue to be monitored by Maplesoft.


How do I access the community?

You can find the community by going to either or


Where else can I get support for Maple T.A. and Mobiüs?

Official support for Maple T.A. and Möbius is provided by the wonderful Customer Success Team at Maplesoft. You can contact them at For other contact methods see


When I execute the following code in Maplesoft on my computer, there are no problems.  However when I execute the same code in mapleTA occasionally Maple only finds a single input value corresponding with h_given.  Anybody have any idea what is going on?

Basically I have a function, f,  that I am only interested in plotting and analyzing real-valued inputs, t, from =0 to 100 (or so).  At some point I assign an output value, h_given, and I wish to find the correlated real-valued inputs.  From the graph you can clearly see that there are 2 inputs, however the script occassionally only produces 1 output. (when running on mapleTA).

Thanks in advance,

a := MapleTA:-Builtin:-range(1800, 2300, 100):
b := (1/10)*MapleTA:-Builtin:-range(4, 8, 1):
timeT := MapleTA:-Builtin:-range(70, 100, 10):
f := -t*(b*t-b*timeT)^2*(cos(.15*t+4)^2-3)/a:
maxs := NLPSolve(f, t = 0 .. timeT, maximize):
maxim := maxs[1]:
graph := plot(f, t = 0 .. timeT, gridlines = true, 0 .. maxim+10, labels = [t, h(t)], labeldirections = [horizontal, vertical]);
h_given := 10;
expr := h_given-f:
answer_t := Student:-Calculus1:-Roots(expr, t = 0 .. timeT+5);
evalf(answer_t, 2);

Suppose I have a questions that says simplify some random square root

using the algorithm

$ques_ML=maple("f := $ques_exact: XMLTools[Print](MathML[Export](f));");

How do I create an answer field that ONLY allows the student to provide the simplified answer $ques_ML??  How might I provide partial points if they do not simplify (for a classic pythag triangle question for example)?

Thank you

Hi all,

I am attempting to construct a randomized questions using algorithms and the sketch question type.

I have defined my variables algorithmically.  The sketch question type only allows a static answer, and hence I am trying to modify the code.  

As you can see below the code (part.1.answer...) is looking for points located at (7,0) and (0,-7).  I would like to replace the 7 with variable $xint and -7 with variable $yint, but it seems the @-symbols are some form of termination point that won't allow variables to carry-into the expression.

Looking for ideas??  I do not want to change to multiple choice.




name=Graph a linear relation in Ax+By=C form@

question=<p><span style="font-size:16px;">Graph &nbsp;<math xmlns=""><mrow> <mn>$a</mn> <mspace width="5px"></mspace> <mi mathvariant="italic">x</mi> <mo>+</mo> <mi mathvariant="italic">&nbsp;</mi> <mn>$b</mn> <mspace width="5px"></mspace> <mi mathvariant="italic">y&nbsp;</mi> <mo>=</mo> <mn>$c</mn> </mrow></math>&nbsp; on the grid below.</span></p>






part.1.options="visible_buttons":"createline:1, delete"@
part.1.givenCurves={"sketchElements":[{"elementType":"topGroup","parents":[],"attributes":{"name":"Top-level Group"},"gradingOptions":{},"id":"topGroup"}]}@
part.1.answer={"sketchElements":[{"elementType":"topGroup","parents":["jxgBoard1L160"],"attributes":{"name":"Top-level Group"},"gradingOptions":{},"id":"topGroup"},{"elementType":"point","parents":[7,0],"attributes":{"name":"B"},"gradingOptions":{},"id":"jxgBoard1P158"},{"elementType":"point","parents":[0,-7],"attributes":{"name":"C"},"gradingOptions":{},"id":"jxgBoard1P159"},{"elementType":"line","parents":["jxgBoard1P158","jxgBoard1P159"],"attributes":{"name":"aq"},"gradingOptions":{},"id":"jxgBoard1L160"}]}@
part.1.gradingCode=op(1,[Grading:-GradePlot($ANSWER, $RESPONSE, $PLOTVIEW)]);@


I have proposed a SE site for maple.

This will help to put maple on SE.

Please follow this site.


We have moved to the next phase Commitment. Come and join us.

   Maplesoft aims to promote innovation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in high school students by partnering with various organizations, and sponsoring initiatives in education, research and innovation. Every year, Maplesoft commits time, funds and people to enhance the quality of math-based learning and discovery and to encourage high school students to strengthen their math skills.

   One such organization we partner with is The Perimeter Institute, a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics.  Maplesoft currently serves as its Educational Outreach Champion, supporting various initiatives that promote math learning and exploration. Perhaps the most popular of its student outreach program is the annual International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP), a two-week camp that brings together 40 exceptional students from high schools across the globe.  Each year students receive a complimentary copy of Maple, and use the product to practice and strengthen their math skills.  The ISSYP program also uses Möbius, the comprehensive online STEM courseware platform from Maplesoft, to offer preparatory course materials to students.  Completing lessons in Möbius aid in making the summer program a more productive and dynamic experience for the students.


International Summer School for Young Scientists at Perimeter Institute


   Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is a competition organized by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for high school students in North America. Maplesoft has been a sponsor of the contest for many years.  Maple T.A., the testing and assessment tool by Maplesoft, is used to administer the tests online, saving significant time and money for the organizers. When Maplesoft first introduced Maple T.A. to the contest, taking the competition from pen-and-paper tests to online tests, the number of contestants doubled, with about 2000 students participating in the contest. Maplesoft also donates prizes to the games in order to promote the use and love of math by high school students.  This year will be first time the competition moves international. Six students in the UK took the Round 2 qualifying test, with the use of Maple T.A., and qualified for the live, on-stage finals of the UK edition of the competition that took place at the 2017 Maths Fest in London. Maplesoft is also supporting the spread of the WWTBAM contest to Canada in 2017.

Who Wants to be a Mathematician finals

Maplesoft also sponsors two outreach initiatives in Texas A&M University.  The Summer Educational Enrichment (SEE) Math Program is a summer workshop attended by gifted middle school students. Students spend two weeks exploring ideas such as algebra, geometry, graph theory, and topology.  The University also conducts the Integral Bee every year, a math based contest for high school students.

In addition to the above key projects, throughout the year Maplesoft also sponsors and is associated with a number of other competitions, conferences, and educational initiatives. A few of these are listed below.

  • The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is a yearly, statewide science and engineering fair open to all 7th through 12th grade students.  An important objective of their program is to attract young people to careers in science and engineering while developing skills essential to critical thinking.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition is a high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds.


FIRSTRobotics Competition

  • ScienceExpo Conference is a student-run event that engages students with STEM-related opportunities and workshops
  • SWATposium is an annual robotics conference that brings together nearly 40 First Robotic Competition teams from both Canada and the United States for a day of guest speakers, workshops and social activities.



  • FIRST LEGO League gives elementary and middle school students and their adult coaches the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem.


FIRST LEGO League at St. Luke's School in Waterloo

   Maplesoft’s objective of these sponsorships is to support those who inspire and channel young minds to be STEM focussed. By engaging them in exciting contests and programs the hope is that they build science, engineering, and technology skills at a young age and grow to be innovators and technology leaders of tomorrow.

I have read the doumentation on adding generic hints or feedback to a problem. However, what I would like to do is create adaptive hints that are triggered when a student enters a particular type of answer. I am primarily authoring Maple-graded and Mathematical Formula type questions.

Can I do this in the Grading Code? Could someone illustrate this with an example? 

Hi, I'd like to know if is it possible to import questions from Maple TA into Maple and use them in quizes, for example. Your help will be highly appreciated. Thank you.

I am pleased to announce that we have just released a significant update to Maple T.A. 2016, our online assessment system.

Maple T.A. 2016.1 includes a wide range of features and improvements that have been requested by customers, including new options for questions and assignments, improved content management, and enhanced integration with course management systems. It also includes a substantial number of small enhancements and corrections across all areas of the product, providing improved responsiveness, more efficient load handling, and smoother workflow for instructors and students.

For more information, visit What’s New in Maple T.A.

Jonny Zivku
Product Manager, Online Education Products

I'm creating a randomly generated question bank that generates the following STYLE or problem:


I'm currently trying to use the answer type "formula without simplification," as I'd like to avoid the students putting the questions in as the answer, and this has been driving me crazy for hours now.

I have tried the "maple" function to simplify. E.g.:

$ANS = maple("( $C1*( $V1^$A1 )*( $V2^$B1 ) ) / ( $C2*( $V1^$A2 )*( $V2^$B2 ) )");

But it always throws an error.

I have simply done the math in the algorithm section, so you end up with an answer variable like this:

$ANS = -4.0*(((z)^2.0)/(5.0*((p)^9.0)))

However, it will still count all answers submitted as incorrect.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated =/.



Variable name clarification
I have $C1 and $C2, which are the constants of the numerator and denominator, respectively ("12" and "3" in the example).
I have $V1 and $V2 which are the first and second variable, respectively, (in the example, "x" and "y").
I have $A1 and $A2, which are the exponents for the variable $V1 in the numerator and denominator, respectively.
I have $B1 and $B2, which are the exponents for the variable $V2 in the numerator and denominator, respectively.

All these generate from some interesting conditions to create the problems I want (no variables named i, e, or o, for example,) but all properly initialize.

From October 19-21, the third installment of the Maple T.A. and Möbius User Summit took place. Making the move back to Europe this year, the three-day conference was held at the beautiful Vienna University of Technology in the heart of Vienna, Austria. The scope of this year’s event expanded to include Maplesoft’s newest product, Möbius, an online courseware environment, which is designed to help academic institutions move their STEM courses online.

This year’s Summit brought together participants from 20 countries, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Poland, China, Norway, India, Egypt, Japan, the Netherlands, and many others. Needless to say, there is great interest in learning more about how Maple T.A. and Möbius can play a role in shaping the educational landscape.

Video recordings of each presentation will be made public soon, so keep an eye out for them!

Conference attendees take in the sights on the veranda at TU Wien

Getting Down to Business

Presentations were divided into 5 overarching themes as they relate to Maple T.A. and Möbius: Shaping Curriculum; Content Creation; Experiences Using Möbius; Integrating with your Technology; and The Future of Online Education. Presentations were given by representatives from schools across Europe, including DTU (Denmark), TH Köln (Germany), Imperial College of London and University of Birmingham (UK), Vienna UT (Austria), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), and others.

Many talks showcased the impressive versatility of Maple T.A. as a online assessment system, and Möbius to have practical applications in all STEM subjects, from Nuclear Engineering to Operations Management and many subjects in between.

Perhaps the discussion that gave Maplesoft the most feedback was led by Steve Furino from the University of Waterloo, who divided attendees up into groups to formulate a wish list of what they’d like to see in a courseware authoring environment. The list had over 40 items.

Linda Simonsen, Country Manager in the Nordic, records a group’s wish list

Notable Quotables

Many thought-provoking statements and questions were posed, but the following few stood out above the rest:

  • “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could take the best course from the best instructor anywhere in the world?”
  • “With Maple T.A., we can divert resources away from grading and over to tutoring.”
  • “Möbius rescued us!”

Get the party started!

While each day was full of invigorating conference discussions, evenings provided ample opportunity to ditch the suit jacket and tie, and enjoy the lively Austrian atmosphere. The first evening at the Zwölf Apostelkeller was the perfect venue to break the ice while satisfying those taste buds longing for some traditional Viennese cuisine. Once Schnitzel, Käsespätzle (a delicious German version of Mac and Cheese), Strudel, Kaiserschmarren (shredded pancake), and a glass or two of wine hit the table, people soon forgot about the pouring rain outside.

The evening reception took place 3-4 levels under ground

Michael Pisapia, VP of Europe, serves digestifs to guests

It would have been hard to top the social in the Apostelkeller, but the next evening sure tried.

Day 2 finished with an impressive formal dining experience at the historic Gerstner Beletage in the Palace Todesco, built in 1864 and situated directly across from the Vienna State Opera House. The 500-room palace was home to Eduard Freiherr von Todesco, a well-known Viennese banker.

View from the palace of the Vienna State Opera House

Jonny Zivku, Maple T.A. Product Manager, gives opening remarks at the Gerstner Beletage im Palais Todesco

Jonathan Watkins from the University of Birmingham and Michael Pisapia - both dressed to impress

The skies finally cleared enough to take some photos, but only after most people had gone home. Thankfully Aron Pasieka, Möbius Project Manager, was still around to get some great shots of the city. Enjoy!

Before the skies cleared vs. after the skies cleared

From beginning to end, the entire Summit was very well received by everyone who attended.

We would be remiss if we did not thank our incredible hosts at the Vienna University of Technology. Stefanie Winkler, Professor Andreas Körner, and Professor Felix Breitenecker were beyond helpful in bringing many of the finer details together, as well as helping many people overcome the language barrier.

We can’t wait to do it all again in London, England in 2017, and hope to see just as many new faces as familiar ones.


Photo credits: A. Pasieka, A. French, H. Zunic, J. Cooper


Update: The conference presentation recordings are now available here on our website.

I need to do assignments on Maple T.A. but the website is in Japanese?


Everytime I visit (doesn't matter whether I type in the webadress or whether I follow a link via Google or elsewhere) I get a website that's entirely in Japanese. 


My PC language is English (UK) and Dutch, I have tried removing cookies, history etc of my webbrowser. Nothing has helped. I can reach the English site via my mobile phone browser.

I have a base class with a lot of assignements. The classes that I let my students use are all child classes of that. I used to be able to hide all the assignements except those, that the students should actually work on, but now I can no longer do that. The base class is shared with several colleges and not "owned" by me, but that didn't ust to be an issue. Is there a solution to this problem?

I am getting the following error in one question

Error handling the file: /usr/local/hosted_apps/MapleTA/11/webapps/mapleta-2016.0.3-1148820/WEB-INF/modules/proctoredTest/questionSheet.html
Error in line 26: Error in line 4: Syntax error: Token[gte], line 1 in manage file

Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be? Link to question file:questions.qu

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