Numbas is a web-based e-assessment system developed at Newcastle University.
It consists of a set of tools which produce SCORM-compliant exam packages.
Numbas powers the computer-based assessments used in every first-year module at the School of
Mathematics and Statistics, as well as diagnostic tests for several other schools.
Several revision exercises on basic topics in mathematics are available to use on mathcentre.
- Numbas produces entirely self-contained assessment packages which run in the browser with no extra software
requirements. Numbas assessments can be uploaded to any SCORM 2004-compliant VLE, such as Blackboard or Moodle, to
enable session and grade tracking.
exams can be deployed with very little effort, whether over the web, through a VLE, or on physical media such as
DVDs or USB keys.
- Numbas follows web standards and runs on all modern browsers - Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, as well as mobile devices
such as the iPad, iPhone and Android.
- All question content can be randomised, and multimedia content such as videos can easily be incorporated.
- Because Numbas is used primarily for assessing undergraduate maths, there is extensive support for mathematical
questions, including a comprehensive library of functions for generating randomised questions, and an easy-to-use algebraic input question type.
- The look and feel of exams can be tailored to suit each use case through the themes system.
- Extra functionality can be added with extensions, which are easily incorporated with the main system.
Numbas is released under the Apache 2.0
License. You can obtain the source code for the Numbas runtime and the question editor at github.
A publicly-accessible installation of the Numbas editor, with a bank of over 300 questions free to use
or modify, is available at numbas.mathcentre.ac.uk.
If you have any comments or questions about Numbas, please send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see the e-Learning Unit
of the School of Mathematics & Statistics.