Proposal Title

Concerning the Art of Test Making

Proposal Abstract

Whereas the academic literature offers significant instruction concerning how to write individual, quality MC questions, it is difficult to find guidance on how to construct a balanced overall exam. In this session we will present the results of our attempt to create a quality comprehensive final exam for our undergraduate core course in finance. This past semester, we created an exam that we believed had a proper mix of question levels using Bloom's taxonomy as our guide. Our belief was that all students would be able to correctly answer all of the lowest level questions, B students would be able to correctly answer the mid-level questions, and only A students would be able to correctly answer the highest level questions. We will present our data for over 350 students, showing whether in fact our exam followed this pattern, comparing final exam scores to student course average and to overall GPA.

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Room 2911

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 12th, 8:00 AM Mar 12th, 8:45 AM

Concerning the Art of Test Making

Room 2911

Whereas the academic literature offers significant instruction concerning how to write individual, quality MC questions, it is difficult to find guidance on how to construct a balanced overall exam. In this session we will present the results of our attempt to create a quality comprehensive final exam for our undergraduate core course in finance. This past semester, we created an exam that we believed had a proper mix of question levels using Bloom's taxonomy as our guide. Our belief was that all students would be able to correctly answer all of the lowest level questions, B students would be able to correctly answer the mid-level questions, and only A students would be able to correctly answer the highest level questions. We will present our data for over 350 students, showing whether in fact our exam followed this pattern, comparing final exam scores to student course average and to overall GPA.