ExamSoft Categories—Why does everyone keep talking about them?

July 18, 2017 Christy Terry

By now, most educators have heard the term “embedded assessment.” But what does embedded assessment really entail, and what types of benefits does it provide? By tagging your exam items to “categories,” ExamSoft can run a number of reports on different types of performance that can provide valuable information to students, faculty, and administrators. Let’s take a closer look at how the process works and what types of information can be collected from it.


Here’s the deal—ExamSoft’s online portal allows educators to create, bank, and then tag exam items to categories. Categories can be any topic, outcome, or objective your program would like to measure (such as student learning outcomes, board exam topics, or even accreditation standards), and questions can be tagged to as many categories as you would like.

Once students have completed their assessment, based on the categories that each item was tagged to, reports can be run on student performance on the exam as a whole, or within a specific category.

These real-time reports on performance can then be distributed to students, faculty, and administration—so that everyone has a clear understanding of their performance.


Speaking of reports, how exactly are they created and what do they provide information on?

ExamSoft can run real-time, easily digestible reports on any category you’ve tied to exam items. Want to know how many of your students within a course are performing on a specific learning outcome? We’ve got a report for that. How about how students within a given year have performed over time, longitudinally? We do that too.

Because you’ve tagged exam questions to categories, you can now provide students with information on what topics they should remediate on. You can share exam performance data with faculty so they can revise curriculum. You can even illustrate to administration how your entire program is performing as a whole, or to individual topics.

Categories aren’t just a way to organize your exam questions—they’re the key to understanding specific strengths and weaknesses in student learning.

Check out the video below that dives a little deeper into the uses and benefits of categories.

The Meaning Behind 82% - Uberflip


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