Formative Reviews (Boss Battles)

Formative Reviews, also called Boss Battles are a fun and interactive way to assess your students’ learning before a test or a quiz.

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Formative Review is played during class and have one or more students answer questions turn by turn in hope of besting the boss and earn big rewards! Because they use Health, Formative Reviews are unlocked in Chapter 4.

In this article, learn more about:

Setting up a Formative Review

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You can have as many Formative Reviews as you want on your account. Each Boss Battle you create can be played with any one of your classes, as often as you need.


On a free account, you can only have one Formative Review at a time. Feel free to edit an existing one to update it with new questions, or to delete it and create a new one.

Hot tip! Before you create your Formative Review, try to have a general sense of how many questions you want the battle to have, and how difficult you want it to be. This will make things a lot easier!

To create a new Formative Review:

  1. Select any class on your home page
  2. Click the Class Tools (mceclip0.png) icon
  3. Select Formative Reviews (Boss Battles)
  4. Click the purple + New button

If you have no Formative Review on your account yet, the button may read Create a new battle, click on it!

The first thing you need to select is a name for your Formative Review. Don’t overthink this, just pick something related to the questions you’ll be asking students or to the creature they'll be facing, if you feel more fantasy-inclined.

Then you’ll need to decide how much Health you want the boss to have. Try to adjust your boss’ Health depending on the number of questions (one heart_40px.png per question is a good starting point) and difficulty (the lower a boss’ Health, the easier the battle).

As a rule of thumb, consider setting the boss Health to about three-quarters of the number of questions for an average battle.

Here’s a quick reference table:

  Boss Battle Health (based on difficulty)
Number of questions Easy Average Hard
10 5 7 9
20 12 15 18
30 17 23 27

A Formative Review where students need to have a perfect score to win would be REALLY difficult!

Then, select the image of the boss you want your students to face. Try to vary the images so your students can see all the different monsters! You can even use the more threatening-looking monsters (like the Fire Stalker or the Drakan) for more difficult battles!


Click the purple checkmark when you’re ready to continue.

Next, you’ll need to enter questions for your Formative Review. If you have already created Formative Reviews, you may already have existing questions you want to use again. To do so:

  1. Click on the Use existing button
  2. Check the checkboxes of all the questions you want to add
  3. Click the purple checkmark to add the questions to your current review

Otherwise, you’ll need to create your questions from scratch. To begin, click on Add a new question above the question list.

Enter your question in the text field on the righthand side panel. You can format it with the editor (to have bold text or a list, for example) or insert pictures or videos! If you want, you can even attach files.

Decide if you want your students to provide a short answer or select one answer of multiple choices. Don't forget to click the checkmark to indicate the correct answer for a multiple choice question!

If you want, you can add tags to better identify your questions (don’t worry, your students won’t see those tags!)

Click the purple checkmark when you’re done creating your question. Once you’re done, the question appears on the list on the lefthand panel.


You’ll notice that you need to select a Health value for this question. Most questions should be worth 1 heart_40px.png, but for a particularly difficult or important question, you can set this value to 2 or 3. Remember that if a student (or team!) answers incorrectly, they’ll automatically lose that Health value and 3 heart_40px.png is a LOT for Mages!

Once you’re done entering all your questions and their combined heart_40px.png value is higher than the boss’ Health, click the purple checkmark to proceed to the options.

First, enter a reward for your review: it can be Experience Points and/or Gold Pieces, but a reward is needed! If your students complete a Formative Review and have no incorrect answers, the reward will be doubled!


Because you have a free license, you can’t reward your students with Gold Pieces and can only grant them Experience Points for a victory.

Finally, you can choose to display the questions in random order and to enable or disable critical hits and misses. When a student (or boss!) lands a critical hit, the damage is doubled. A miss is, well, a miss, meaning that either the students or boss will not lose any Health regardless of the outcome.

When you click the final checkmark, you’re ready to use or share your Formative Review! If you haven’t entered enough questions for students to be able to best the boss, you won’t be able to share your Formative Review with other teachers.

Playing a Formative Review

To start a Formative Review with your students:

  1. Access your class' dashboard
  2. Click on the Class Tools (mceclip0.png) icon
  3. Select Formative Reviews (Boss Battles)
  4. Find the Formative Review on the list
  5. Click Next in the lower right corner

You’ll then need to select an opponent. If you set up teams in Classcraft, you’ll be able to challenge your students on an individual or team basis.

Pick one of the three tabs first. Do you want to challenge ...

  • Your whole class?
  • A team?
  • An individual student?

If you picked “Class” decide if your students should answer individually (by selecting Students) or as teams. Otherwise, you can select a specific student or team or go at random. When you’re ready, click Start battle! in the lower right corner.

If you had previously started this review with this group, you can actually choose to start from scratch or resume the battle.

Confirm that your settings are correct and click the checkmark to begin the battle.

Here are the components of the Formative Review screen:


  1. Current question number versus the total number of questions
  2. Health loss incurred by the question
    The boss loses this Health if the students correctly answer the question, otherwise, the students lose this Health
  3. Expand question screen
  4. Question (and possible answers in the case of a multiple choice question)
  5. Boss name and Health
  6. Boss’ opponent name (and Health, in the case of a single student)
  7. Reveal answer to students

Let your students come up with their answer and when they’re ready, click the Reveal answer button. Decide if the answer is correct or incorrect. If the answer is correct, the boss will lose Health. If it’s incorrect, the student or students will lose Health.

Repeat this process until you run out of questions or until the boss runs out of Health. If your students complete the review without any incorrect answers, this doubles their rewards!

Sharing & importing Formative Reviews

To share a Formative Review with other teachers:

  1. Proceed to your home page
  2. Click My Library
  3. Select Boss Battles
  4. Find your Formative Review on the list
  5. Click Share
  6. Confirm the questions, answers, and rewards
  7. Click Share in the upper right corner

You can send the link via Facebook, Twitter, or email, or copy the link to send it directly.

If a battle’s not complete, meaning that the boss Health is higher than the combined value of all questions, you won’t be able to share it.

To import a Formative Review:

  1. Click or follow the link provided by another teacher
  2. Click the Import this Boss Battle button
  3. Review the questions, answers, and Health
  4. Click Import at the bottom of the screen
  5. Click Done

Managing Formative Reviews


To edit Formative Review:

  1. Proceed to the Formative Reviews section of the Class Tools
  2. Find the Formative Review on the list
  3. Click the pencil icon (mceclip0.png) on the review’s line

You can then edit the Formative Review’s image, name, Health, etc. Click the purple checkmark to confirm and return to the list.


To review a Formative Review without editing it, proceed to My Library. Find the Boss Battle on your list. From My Library, you can:

  • Access the Formative Review in a specific class by clicking View in class button in the Classes tab
  • View the Formative Review’s description (including rewards, Health, and options) in the Description tab
  • Review the questions and their Health value on the Questions tab


To delete a Formative Review:

  1. Click on My Library on your home page
  2. Select Boss Battles
  3. Find your Formative Review on the list
  4. Click Delete
  5. Click Delete again to confirm

Because Formative Reviews are not attached to a specific class, when you delete it, you'll no longer have access to the review in any of your classes.

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