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6.3: Lesson 6.3: Understanding Test Items
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Multiple Choice Test Items
- a comparison without using “like”
- a comparison using the word “as”
- a comparison using either “like” or “as”
- none of the above
- 1, 3, and 4
- all of the above
- Choose “3” or C, which is more often than not the correct answer (as in example item number 1, above).
- Choose the longest or most inclusive answer, also as in example item number 1, above.
- If the test item is for a math quiz, choose the in-between number, or one of the in-between numbers. example: 1) 432, 2) 77, 3) 12, 4)2,098. Your chances are better by choosing either 1 or 2.
Matching Test Items
- NASA ___organization device
- headache ___acronym
- graphic organizer ___symptom of test anxiety
Fill-In-the-Blank Test Items
Short Answer Test Items
- the dictionary definition
- an informal definition (in your own words, for example)
- give an example of how the term is used
- give the category in which the term is used, for example, what kind of essays belong in the “expository” genre (argument, explanation, cause and effect, etc.)
- the history (etymology) of the term
- include antonyms
- include synonyms
- tell what the term is not (some terms mean more than one distinct thing, for example, a “whatchamacallit is not only a slang term but also a candy bar.
Essay Test Items
- Review terms often used in essay exams before taking the exam:
- compare–show similarities between items
- contrast–show differences between items
- sometimes both comparing and contrasting is required
- define–give a concise meaning (see how to expand definitions, above)
- describe–recount, characterize, or relate information in narrative form
- discuss–examine, analyze, and present pros and cons regarding the topic. Detail is essential
- enumerate–incorporate (which might require listing or outlining) major points in order
- explain–clarify and interpret the material including explaining how and/or why. Detail is essential
- Do NOT merely summarize the plot of the work if this is an essay for an English class or a literature class.