Achieve your 2017 Assessment Resolutions: How to Improve Your Item Writing Skills and Create Better Exams

February 1, 2017

Achieve your 2017 Assessment Resolutions: How to Improve Your Item Writing Skills and Create Better Exams

Recently, Ainslie Nibert, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Texas Women’s University’s College of Nursing – Houston Center, discussed the process of writing successful exam items that measure critical thinking in her webinar, “Achieve your 2017 Assessment Resolutions: How to Improve Your Item Writing Skills and Create Better Exams.”

The key takeaways from the presentation include:

  1. Critical thinking questions should be written at the Application level of Bloom’s Taxonomy or higher.
  2. Less is more when it comes to question writing; eliminate excessive wording in the stem of exam items.
  3. Develop a written testing policy to create a consistent testing experience across courses and ensure programmatic exam validity.

The presentation gives insight into the development of test items that measure critical thinking. Ainslie also shares how the exam blueprinting process can be used to analyze exam validity.

"Take the time to tweak exam items. Even adjusting one distractor can make all the difference in the world.”

View a PDF copy of the presentation.

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