Tips on Writing Your Own Tests - Part I

I love to write my own tests!  Why?  I can make sure it matches what my students should be learning!  At first, it might appear to be a daunting task, but as time has gone on,


I have gotten to the point where I can easily pull together several versions of a basic test.  If you are interested in writing your own classroom tests…check out the six tips I live by for test writing!  The first three tips are located below and the last three tips are in the post title "Tips on Writing Your Own Tests - Part II".



#1 - Multiple Versions

You need a minimum of 3 test versions.  Ideally, 4 or more.  You want at least two test versions for the class to make cheating more difficult.  Then, you want at least one more version of the test for retakes.


#2 - Change the Element or the Number

All those different versions your trying to make?  


                Just change the element.


                   Ex. #1 - Version A

                   What is the electron configuration for Sodium?


                   Ex. #1 - Version B

                   What is the electron configuration for Magnesium?


               OR...change the numbers


                  Ex. #2 - Version A

                  What is the atomic number of an element with 8 protons, 8 neutrons, and 10 electrons?


                  Ex. #2 - Version B

                  What is the atomic number of an element with 7 protons, 7 neutrons, and 10 electrons?


#3 - Use Questions from Class Work!

I LOVE using this!  If I pull only questions from class notes, class work, homework assignments, and/or warm-ups etc., then no one has an excuse for failing the test!  If a student, parent, or administrator comes to you concerned...simply show them how you had previously assigned and provided the correct answer to all those questions!  (Now, I will say - I don't recommend telling students you are doing this ahead of time!)


Check out tips #4-6 in the next post titled "Tips on Writing Your Own Tests - Part II"


Happy Teaching  :)


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