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Al
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cramming. pain. death.

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don't cram then.
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2 down 5 to go for me [Frown]
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I had both of mine already [part-time grad school]. Easy as pie.

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I have two done, three more to go. Good luck to anyone that has yet to take them

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Been done for a couple weeks now.

/me runs and hides

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Speaking of my exams, I am mildly astonished at how well my french oral exam went today. [Razz] It's over! w00t w00t w00t. (scuse the l33t) All that remains (for this week) is my drama practical on Friday. [Embarrassed]

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damn you all [Smile]

My exams start friday (physics practical) which is also the day of the Leaver's Ball (better than the day after, I suppose) and continue through to the end of June. And I need straight A's to get into my 1st choice uni! *cries* [Frown]

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I have Computing Maths B, Programming Fundamentals and Computer Systems Organisation all in the next 4 days. And work on top, I hate exam time

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well if it makes you feel any better...
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I took my last "exam" about 22 years ago. Since then I've had to prove what I know every freakin' day to earn a paycheck. Be thankful you're still in school, where they rarely throw you out for not being the best in your class.
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Exams - I hate them. I just finished my one and only final exam Monday night. Only problem is that now the hard work begins - I have to grade all 32 of them. Yuck - being the instructor sucks because after everyone else is "done" you still have a pile of work to do.

What makes it worse is that I have a 6 inch high pile of papers and programming projects to go through. What the heck was I thinking to have the final project due the same week as the final. Now some of the people did take advantage of the extra credit I offered for papers turned in early - but I of course procrastinated and didn't grade them early. <sigh> My own fault - now I have 1.5 weeks to plow through everything. You know what I'll be up to my eyeballs in this weekend.

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Having graded 120 biochem finals a couple weeks ago, I feel your pain...but only slighty.

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120 biochem exams.... ewwwwwwwww!!!
I hate creating multiple guess exams as that is a lot of up front work and more importantly they never give me a good idea if the people actually understood the material. But if I had to grade that many I just might rethink my attitude.

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quote:
Originally posted by Doco:
I hate creating multiple guess exams as that is a lot of up front work and more importantly they never give me a good idea if the people actually understood the material.

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Actually, mutliple choice format questions are vastly more reliable than any other type of question. If your distractors are working as they should [i.e., you would really need to know the material to choose the correct answer], then they should be able to discrimminate fairly well.

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I should probably mention that I'm employed in the testing industry....

/me ducks rotten fruit thrown by those who don't like tests.

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I'll grant you that a "good" multiple guess question will probably help distinguish. However, creating good multiple choice questions is not easy, and in my opinion the textbook supplied questions only show if the student is good at memorizing and regurgitating stuff verbatum from the book.

I've tried creating multiple choice questions and found that I would create vague questions/answers too often. The time spent to create the exam is just too great for the payoff in grading later using mechanical/online methods.

I wouldn't mind using multiple choice - but I really want to know if the students understand the issues. Using text-book supplied questions resulted in those students who can memorize doing well on the test, but often those same students would later have in-class questions that demonstrated they really didn't get it while some of those who scored poorly showing that they did get the big picture.

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quote:
Originally posted by Doco:
120 biochem exams.... ewwwwwwwww!!!
I hate creating multiple guess exams as that is a lot of up front work and more importantly they never give me a good idea if the people actually understood the material. But if I had to grade that many I just might rethink my attitude.

These weren't multiple choice. A few were true/false though. I think the prof who worte the fscker had the same reasoning you did. We divided the questions into thirds. I got a third, my fellow TA got a third, and the prof did the rest. Mind-numbing is an understatement. Still, we graded on the day we picked our thesis labs, so the fretting and gossip-whoring surrounding everyone's decisions made the time pass.
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quote:
Originally posted by Doco:
I'll grant you that a "good" multiple guess question will probably help distinguish. However, creating good multiple choice questions is not easy, and in my opinion the textbook supplied questions only show if the student is good at memorizing and regurgitating stuff verbatum from the book.

Agreed. We have an entire [rather large] department whose sole job is creating test questions. And even they have trouble sometimes. I meant to say in my earler post that yes, writing MC tests does take a really long time. I was just trying to get my pro-testing plug in there. [Wink] [evil]

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I just finished finals today!w00t w00t.Let the nothingness commence!

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oh well pretty easy day tommorow, IT and maths
so I'm technically "revising" right now!

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i have a math test i have to take and every time i study then go,to take it i freeze up and my mind goes blank

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I'm just starting finals today [Frown]
Spanish II H today, US History I and Chem I H tomorrow, English II L1 weds, Algebra II H thursday. I can't wait? (Yes I know, English and Spanish should be the only ones capitalized [Wink] )

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Tut, you're not alone. My son is taking the state exams in Math and Chemistry this week. School's not over for everyone.

Good luck!

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quote:
Originally posted by Grey_girl:
Tut, you're not alone. My son is taking the state exams in Math and Chemistry this week. School's not over for everyone.

Good luck!

Thanks!
Spanish went OK

Sooo... study study study for me!

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