Assessment: That Time of Year!

This week, I decided to write about assessment. Many of you are preparing your students for final exams/end-of-semester tests or are already marking piles of assessments. It is a stressful time of year for both teachers and students.

This semester, I am teaching an online course on Assessment as part of a TESL Certificate program at a local college in Canada. Teaching this course reminds me of how challenging and difficult it can be to design good tests and assessments for our students. I was trying to remember how I learned to design tests/assessments because it was not part of my TESL program 20 years ago. Like many aspects of teaching, we often learn these new skills as we go which is another reason why having a mentor is beneficial.

If you are new to writing tests, here is a brief overview/refresher for writing multiple choice questions (MCQ).

MCQs are probably the most commonly used format for tests.  Although these questions are harder to write than T/F, it does become...

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