New for Education Sites: Practice Problems and Math Solver Structured Data

March 25, 2021

According to Unesco, nearly 1.5 billion learners had their education disrupted due to COVID-19. Almost overnight, students, parents, and educators had to adapt to new learning norms. Many folks turned to Google for help finding educational and learning resources and we are committed to supporting ways to help people find what they're looking for.

In this post, we provide details to help you implement structured data on your practice problem and math solver pages to make your pages eligible to feature on Google Search as rich results (please note that being eligible does not guarantee that your site will show up in search results). We also provide rich results status reports to help you make sure that your implementation is correct.

Practice content and math assistance have been some of the most requested information from learners. Practice material helps users gauge their mastery of a concept while a solver provides explanations to help a user get unstuck while doing math problems. Both features present an opportunity for sites with either material to increase brand awareness on the Google Search results page and may increase traffic as a result of an enhanced appearance.

Google has launched a new feature called Practice Problems which allows users to preview learning content on websites. In order to be eligible for this feature, websites must follow the best practices laid out in Google's documentation. These practices include adding a Quiz property for each practice problem, ensuring that all required structured data properties are included, and marking up a minimum of two practice problems per concept. By following these guidelines, websites can take advantage of the Practice Problems rich result and provide users with a more immersive and interactive experience.

Relevance to the user, including topicality, grade level and curriculum standards, can be key considerations for users when they're deciding on what learning material to use. In our studies, we've heard that users look for these signals to determine if learning content online matches what they are learning in school. That's why we encourage you to add all of the recommended properties that are relevant for your content.

Math solvers markup

A math solver page provides a tool to help users input their math equations and find explanations for how to solve a math problem. For example, a user would be able to enter an equation, like x^4 - 3x = 0, to see websites that have an explanation with steps for how to arrive at the solution. By using Math solvers structured data, you can make your site eligible to be featured on Google Search when users enter a math equation into the Google Search bar.

You can read more about how to add Math solvers structured data here:

Google has launched a new "Practice problems" feature that allows users to submit math equations for a step-by-step solution. This feature is only available for official math solvers; don't add this structured data to pages where users cannot submit math equations for a step-by-step solution. You can learn more about implementation details in the developer documentation.

To help you monitor markup issues, we are also launching reports in Search Console for both Practice problems and Math solvers that show all errors, warnings, and valid items for pages with structured data.

Use the report to understand what Google can or cannot read from your site, and troubleshoot rich result errors. In addition, once you fix an issue, you can use the report to validate it, which will trigger a process where Google recrawls your affected pages. Learn more about how to use the report to monitor your rich results.

If you're a webmaster who uses structured data on your site, you can now use the "Practice problems" report in Search Console to test how your structured data appears in Google Search. This report shows you how your structured data appears when someone searches for a specific query on Google.

To use the Practice problems report, go to the "Search Appearance" section of Search Console and click on the "Practice problems" link. Then, enter a query into the search box and click "Search."

You can also test your structured data using the Rich Results Test by submitting a code snippet or the URL of a page. The test shows any errors or suggestions for your structured data.

We would love to hear your thoughts on how Practice problems or Math solvers structured data works for you. Send us any feedback either through Twitter or the Search Central Help Community.

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