Teaching Academy

Faculty Development Workshops #7


Dr. Lynn Webb

Test Writing: Getting the Best Measurement You Can

April 3, 2014

Lynn Webb SmilingLynn C. Webb, Ed. D. - Testing Consultant, Chicago, IL

Dr. Webb developed certification examinations for several medical specialties at the National Board of Medical Examiners, was the Director of Testing for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has worked as an independent testing consultant for 13 years.

This workshop will inspire you to write excellent, clear test questions that will provide the information you seek AND prepare your students for the standardized examinations they will take for licensure or certification. Learn how to create professional-level examinations that do not give away the answers to test-wise examinees.

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Schedule of Events:

Location: Lighty 405

Thursday (April 3rd):

9 am - Welcome, introductions

9:15 am - Why measurement matters

9:30 am - Planning your assessment

9:45 am - Assessment formats

Short Answers

Long answer (essay)


Fill in the blank

Multiple choice

10:30 am - Technical aspects of Multiple Choice Questions

11:30 am - Test-wise examinees, quiz (gasp!) and break

12 pm- Lunch

1:00 pm - Practice critiquing test questions

1:15 pm - Write a few questions

2:30 pm -Group review of questions

3:00 pm -Break

Additional Mini-Session:

3:15 pm - Scoring your assessments

3:45 pm - Differences between professional assessments and your examinations

4:15 pm - Questions/discussion

4:30 pm - Adjourn

Friday (April 4th):
Additional Mini Session:

8:15 am - Welcome, introductions

8:30 am - Critiquing your own examinations (participants are asked to bring one of their tests for this exercise)

10:00 am - Adjourn

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