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Checklist: Exam checklist

For an explanation of some items on the checklist, see the section “Examinations and Quizzes.”

  • Is the exam written to reflect the course objectives, content, and class activities?
  • Have students had practice with the types of question on the exam?
  • Will students complete the exam in the time allotted?
  • Does the exam have directions and are they clear?
  • Have point values been assigned to each question?  Are the point values listed?
  • Do students need an answer from one part of the exam in order to understand or solve another? (The answer to this should be ‘No.’)
  • Does the exam begin and end with easy questions?
  • If this is an essay test:
    • is there a cover sheet for the student’s name, or have you asked the students to place their name on the back of the test?
    • have you decided what constitutes a correct answer?
    • is there appropriate space under the question to submit the answer?
  • Are the questions correctly numbered? 
  • Has the exam been proof read by a colleague?
  • If the exam will be machine scored, have you asked for an item analysis?
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