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#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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