Best practices for college exam design?
January 24, 2012 1:45 PM Subscribe
How many questions should a one-hour quiz contain?
posted by Mr. Justice to Education (8 answers total)
I want to test college students at a commuter university on 2 chapters of a constitutional law course. The test will constitute 20 percent of their grade. The test will be online, so it's going to be de facto open book (I think it would be pointless to make it a closed-book question, given that cheating would be easy).
My thought is to provide enough test questions that time would be at a premium, and so that the people who actually know their stuff would do better than the people who will just try to look stuff up. About how many questions would a one-hour test include? I was going to confine the test largely to T/F, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions, with perhaps a few short-answer questions at the end. Any suggestions on the number of questions?