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Aug 21, 2019

Create an A+ quiz with these 5 F’s

by Melissa Krut

Ready to hit the books? Whether you’re pumped for back to school season or not, quizzes always pop! Today, just in time for the new semester and hot on the heels of our PD article, let’s study up on how to make a quiz that scores. Full disclosure: Yes, I’m a teacher, and I’m totally into learning. But you don’t have to be a teacher to give a good quiz! Whether you’re giving a personality test or a candidate quiz, these tips will help you assess whether your assessment measures up! Build a Better Quiz FIRST: Know your stuff. There’s nothing worse than a test the author fails. If you’re not sure of the answers, do your research before you subject test-takers to your mistakes. Nobody’s an expert in everything, but you need to be absolutely accurate on everything you test others on. Plus, be sure you’re using the right assessment question types. For a multiple-choice quiz, this means being absolutely sure that the correct answer is included among your options. Sometimes test makers are so focused on giving plausible alternative answers that they forget to include the right answers. Yikes! Be sure to double-check and review — don’t let this happen to you! In what state is New York City located? New Jersey North Carolina New Hampshire North Dakota New Mexico FOCUS: What’s your goal? I’m definitely not suggesting that you teach to the test, but your testing should definitely reflect the topics you’ve covered. If you’ve been studying […]

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