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Why Testing is Detrimental to Thinking

We all know that just because you've passed a test you haven't really learned anything (when I passed the test to get my motorcycle permit, I had never even ridden a motorcycle!) but did you know that testing processes can actually INHIBIT your thinking and...

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5 General Rules for Workplace Tests Part-5

Rule #5 Ordering Questions You may wish to group evaluation questions by topic or you may mix them up. Back on the job, the work people encounter won't show up in any kind of logical sequence – so mixing questions up has its merits. On the other...

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5 General Rules for Workplace Tests Part-4

Rule #4 Use Key Words Key words assist the test-taker in figuring out the answer. Who triggers the respondent to look for a person or position What triggers the test taker to look for a thing or a process Where triggers them to look for a place or location When...

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5 General Rules for Workplace Tests Part-3

Rule #3 Stick to the Facts Do not include trivial information - the only intention of which is to confuse the test taker. For instance: Bob and Ed left their office on K Street in Washington DC at 4:45 pm to travel to BWI airport for a...

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5 General Rules for Workplace Tests Part-2

Rule #2 Give Adequate and Specific Instructions Instructions are critical. Do everything you can to make sure test takers know WHAT to do, and WHEN and HOW to do it. Examples: • If there is a time requirement, state it. e.g. you must finish this section in 30 minutes •...

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5 General Rules for Workplace Tests Part-1

RULE #1 Do Not Trick Them If you have not taught “it” in the training, it should not be on the test. In addition, your test questions should be stated in the same manner they were stated/taught in the class. For example: if you teach the three...

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Basic Rules of Test Creation

With the recent popularity of LMS systems that call for testing and tracking of student results, our participants are starting to see a lot of quizzes, assessments, and certifications that are designed by a course designer or – worse – a subject matter expert. Very few...

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