There are as many formats and preferences for writing multiple choice exam questions as there are faculty members. Check with the instructor of the course for the specific format he or she prefers. See appendix A for using Word for writing test questions.
If you will have more than one version of the test, have the students bubble in the appropriate letter (A, B, C) as the very last question of the exam. This will help you to easily locate scantrons scanned with the wrong version when editing your raw data files.
When more than one possible answer exists for a question, you will need to regrade the exam. While this can be done fairly easily with scanTrax,
you will want to avoid the possibility of having to use this part of the program. Proof-reading the exam before administration, therefore, is a must.
Have a good coversheet prepared for the exam. If the instructor does not have one, make one up far enough in advance of the test date so that it can be aped to the exam when it is sent to be copied. Without being too detailed or wordy, a good coversheet will include the following (see also Appendix C):
You will cut down on the possibility of students cheating on the exam if you randomly assign seats for the exam. For large classes using PSLH 100, there is a file on disk with the numbered seats in a column. You can open this in Excel and import your class roster (available through egrades, page 9). Post the seating assignment one class period before the exam date so that students will know where to sit before test time. Before the test starts, have students place their IDs on their desks. During the test administration, one TA should check these IDs against the seating chart.
It is a good idea to have at least one faculty member present during the exam administration. Therefore, TAs, insist that the instructor is present during the exams.
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