examinations

Three Answer Options Are All You Need on Multiple-Choice Tests!

Creating multiple-choice test questions can be quite time-consuming and challenging. Have you ever found yourself struggling to come up with a “good” fourth answer option?  Well, if this has been the case for you, you’re in for some good news! It turns out that trying to identify a plausible fourth option may not be worth it. Research on this topic suggests that you can stop this frustrating process and start spending your valuable time on other more valuable academic tasks. Baghaei and Amrahi (2011) researched whether the number of answer options had a significant impact on test performance. In their experimental study, Read More…


According to Students: Biggest College Exam Challenge

With midterms in the air and final exams right around the corner, students may need a little extra help prepping for examinations. After more than a decade of school exams, many college students know the question types that they favor as well as those that give them trouble. We recently asked college students, “Which [of the following] types of midterm questions do you have the most trouble with?” Find out what college students say is the most challenging type of examination question and some tips for preparing them. Read More…


Tips for Students: Improving Study Strategies for Midterms

When it comes time for important exams, college students’ usual level of effort may not quite cut it. Preparing for midterms or finals typically requires significantly more reading, reviewing, and studying–all of which can significantly impact academic success. Share these five tips with your students to help them ramp up their study techniques in time for midterms or other exams.   Read More…


Tips for Students: Last-minute Study Tips for Finals Week

We work hard all through fall term to earn a much-needed Thanksgiving break, and afterwards, time flies right into final exam time! As you gear up your classroom for finals week, be sure to pass these top study tips for final exams on to your students or post them in your classroom for some extra advice.

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Tips for Taking Online Exams

For some students, taking an online exam is a new and somewhat bewildering experience. They don’t know what to expect, and aren’t certain of the skills and strategies that will enable them to perform at their best. On a good note, many of the steps they’d take to complete an online exam are quite similar to those that they’d engage in as they prepare for an in-class test; however, the online environment does present some differences that warrant a bit of extra awareness and preparation. Read More…


Tips for Students: Effective Test-Taking Strategies for Essay Exams

Just as athletes follow training plans that ready them for “game day,” motivated students adopt test-taking strategies that prepare them to do well on examinations (and, ultimately, in the courses they take). And, much as athletes will engage in exercises that develop specific muscle groups, students can take specific measures to strengthen their ability to complete the essay portion of an examination with competence and confidence. In her book Orientation to College Learning, Seventh Edition, Dianna L. Van Blerkom outlines a number of tips that can help students prepare for and take essay examinations. We’ve summarized them below:   To Read More…


Tips for Students: Healthy Finals Week Study Tips

Though Thanksgiving offers most of us an opportunity to reflect and rest, students (and instructors) know that finals week is just around the corner. The good news: by preparing now, students can eliminate some of the pressure and stress they’d face if they leave it all to the last minute. Throughout the year, our colleagues at Questia share tools, tips, and resources that inspire more effective research and study habits. In light of the time of year, we wanted to share this helpful post from the Questia blog, which offers students some suggestions for staying healthier and better organized through Read More…