Many of the clichés about teaching, learning and assessment are surprisingly true. “Assessment drives learning” is one. A student who is auditing a class is much less likely to learn in depth than one that is taking exams and receiving a grade. If you think something is worth teaching, be sure to find a way to assess it. On the other hand, don’t assess things that you haven’t bothered to teach. Be overt about your expectations. There is no reason to be secretive about what students need to be able to do in order to perform well on assessments.
Choosing a style of assessment
Constructing a multiple choice exam
National Board Examination Example Questions
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