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 :)
-Founder of Chemistry with Confidence