Smart Test Generation
To build a test for every student that covers the same material, but all the tests are different sounds impossible and too time consuming. There has always been the option to build multiple versions of the same test, but they still have the same questions but in a different order. Not only do we have every option available to create the best tests for students, but we have created a tool to significantly decrease the act of cheating and increase the ability to create different versions of the same tests efficiently. This tool is our Smart Test Generation.
eMedley’s Test Generation
Test Generation is a computer automated tool that randomizes questions for each test. This will create a different test for every student by pulling questions from multiple question banks you select. This feature is so cool because you still get to customize it yourself. It allows you to choose how many questions from each question bank to pull. This makes it more efficient to cover all standards and competencies and topics by choosing how many questions the students need for mastery.
You are creating a quiz over the last three units: Unit A, Unit B, and Unit C.
- Unit A has 20 questions
- Unit B has 22 questions
- Unit C has 15 questions
The new quiz you are creating is going to have 10 questions in it to see how well the students are retaining the information. The students performed poorly on Unit A, average on Unit B, and very well on Unit C.
- Pull 4 questions from Unit A
- Pull 3 questions from Unit B
- Pull 2 questions from Unit C
- 1 specific question from Unit A
For every student, the new quiz will include the 1 specific question everyone missed from Unit A as well as 4 random questions from the remaining 19. Every student will also have 3 random questions form Unit B’s 22 and 2 random questions from Unit C’s 15. This will provide a varying version of the quiz for every student.
How it Helps
One of the biggest benefits to instructors is that it saves time when creating tests. This is because the randomization of questions allows instructors to select different groups of questions that cover various subjects and know that each test will all be different but contain all the material. The instructor only has to select the question sets they want once and they are done; every student receives different tests. The instructor also has the availability of all the question sets built previously in for the class. They can also move questions around into different sets for more variability and control over what questions the computer pulls from that set.
Instructors are not the only ones who benefit from our test generation, students do too. The control instructors have over question sets and how many questions are pulled from each one benefits the students. Because instructors know the areas students are struggling in, they can adjust which subjects needed the most work for mastery and choose to pull more questions from that section.
There are a couple of benefits for the school as well. The difference in each test is something that I keep bringing up, but it is that important because it helps the students learn, it helps the teachers create tests, and it significantly reduces the chances for cheating. By building this academic integrity, it makes reports and alignments more accurate giving the school a better understanding of their program’s success.