Title

Information Age Testing: Making Rigorous Exams Fun To Write And Easy To Grade

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2000

Published In

Advances In Physiology Education

Abstract

This essay discusses methods by which an exam writer can achieve three objectives: 1) producing questions that test a student’s understanding, defined as the ability to apply knowledge in a novel context; 2) writing questions that require minimal grading time; and 3) keeping current and excited about the field, which is critical for transmitting personal enthusiasm to students. Included are descriptions of practical, time-saving methods for processing and filing examination material; ways to use readily available databases for quickly generating rigorous, interesting questions, with examples of questions generated in this way; suggestions for structuring questions so that they are easily graded; and general advice for preparing students to take this kind of examination.

Comments

This work has been provided to PubMed Central courtesy of the American Physiological Society.