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ERIC Number: EJ1087210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
Keeping up with the Standards: What One English Professor Learned from Taking Every Standardized Exam in His Discipline
Brown, Kevin
CEA Forum, v44 n2 p122-144 Sum-Fall 2015
In this article, the author describes his project to take every standardized exam English majors students take. During the summer and fall semesters of 2012, the author signed up for and took the GRE General Test, the Praxis Content Area Exam (English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge), the Senior Major Field Tests in English and Writing, and the GRE Subject Exam in Literature. The goal--to see what these exams are actually like, to thus assist students in preparing for them. The author reflected on some observations since his college days of test taking, and reports that changes to the GRE General Exam make it much more reflective of the type of thinking required in graduate school, while both the Subject Exam and Praxis have not kept pace with changes in English graduate studies or high and middle school teaching, respectively. In conclusion, the author notes there are easy ways to change these exams to make them more useful for students; but, in the meantime, instructors should help their undergraduate students prepare for them, while graduate faculty should debate whether or not they still serve any purpose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations; Praxis Series
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