ERIC Number: ED171217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Examinations: A Practical Guide for IDEA Users.
Owens, Richard E.; Cashin, William E.
The broad topic of preparing examinations for college-level courses is addressed in this guide. General suggestions include the following: devise a test that reinforces the objectives established for the course; decide upon the primary purpose of the test before constructing it; make the test as valid and reliable as possible; and standardize the test. Construction of the following types of items are discussed: recognition items in general, multiple-choice items, true-false items, matching items, recall items, and subjective items. An examination question should be written to accomplish a specific task; it is necessary to consider the characteristics of the course content as well as the level of thinking being tested. Strengths and limitations for each type of item are covered. Suggestions for scoring and an annotated list of further reading materials are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Students, Course Objectives, Educational Objectives, Educational Testing, Higher Education, Resource Materials, Scoring, Teaching Guides, Test Construction, Test Items, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education, Kansas State University, 1627 Anderson Ave., Box 3000, Manhattan, KS 66502
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education.