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I'm wondering if anyone can point me to specific references on test performance and/or test anxiety when students take a test where questions are of a new style or written by a new professor? I am currently in a group where three instructors teach three different sections of A and P but write a final together to give to all students. The students across sections have struggled with and expressed frustration with questions written by the other instructors. Id like to see what data there is on this to support either keeping the format or changing it to best serve the students, but am having a hard time finding useful articles.

Any thoughts or references would be greatly appreciated.



This thread was posted on September 17, 2018 at 5:06 PM ET by Elise Donovan.
  |   4 Replies   |   Last on 7/30/2020 at 4:10 AM ET
Re: Student exam performance question

Hi Elise!  I know you posted this forever ago, but I'll try to reply.  I was at the University of New Hampshire Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning workshop last spring, and as an aside to another conversation they recommended that we make a question bank and rotate questions within topics so that students are exposed to all instructors questioning styles.  My institution has started doing this with our Intro Biology course as part of teaching the students how to answer different types of questions in a systematic way, as they often don't enter college with the skills to weed out answers in a complex multiple choice question, for example.  

This was posted on January 12, 2019 at 9:38 PM ET by Jessica Fry.
Re: Student exam performance question

I also need tips on this topic.

This was posted on July 15, 2020 at 6:23 PM ET by Melissa Dorn.
Re: Student exam performance question

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