#MTBoS30 #TBT Easier Exams!

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Ok, so I blogged this in late December, but you may have slept since then and therefore forgotten these 2 ways to make creating exams easier! I’m in no way trying to cheat at #MTBoS30 by reblogging old content. (And since I’ve done about 3 of the 30, I’m not sure why I would be cheating.)

Plus since we’re all busy right now I’ll cliffnote it for you:

1) Use questions from old tests and use actual student-generated wrong answers for the distracters. I keep all their old tests, so it took just a few minutes to go through, pick out some good questions, and then look at their work to find “good” wrong answers.  (additional crazy thought: what if you actually typed up 4-5 questions immediately after each test and then at the end of the semester your exam would be almost finished before you even started?)

2) For the study guide, copy and paste the title of the study guide and leave the numbering the same as the original study guide. 

For example, here’s how the start of the Alg II one looked:

Alg II SG Example

The cleverness lies in the fact that I’ve already posted all the keys and video keys* online, so students could just consult those if they were stuck. No new key to make! Or video key!  Woot woot!

*Wondering about those video keys? I make them on my ipad using Showme. It’s $50 a year but money well spent-they upload and process and host all your videos for you. Here are all the ones I’ve made. I probably should be better at adding subject in titles/tags but that’s not one of my life goals right now. Also, based on the captured screenshots it shows, do you think I have an issue with overuse of happy faces? You may notice I have this same issue on my blog. And in tweets. But I’m ok with that. 🙂

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4 comments on “#MTBoS30 #TBT Easier Exams!

  1. Oh, so glad you re-blogged this. Because it’s a first for me. Great content advice and help. Great timing!!

    • Yea! Glad it could help. 🙂

  2. So simple, yet so effective. Something else I’ve found helpful this year (which was inspired in part by your tech tips) is creating blank Word documents formatted for specific assignments like study guides, homework, surveys, etc. Since my study guides generally end up being the same length and I like to use tables to separate problems and space for work, this small step saved me time from having to recreate tables in a new document or clear a study guide from an earlier unit. Thanks Meg!

    • Oh now that’s a pro move right there! I put tables on my last test to separate work for each problem and you would have thought I handed out diamonds with the way the kids reacted! Looks like I’ll be making some templates this summer!

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