I would like to know how the questions for major standardised examinations are set. What are some resources which I should be looking at? Could you recommend some articles or books or blogs which talk about how examination questions for a large-scale exam are written? (I prefer the written format, but if there is a particularly informative podcast or documentary I am also open to listening or watching it.) [more inside]
posted by 35minutes
on Jul 3, 2014 -
I am taking the GRE on Saturday and I have issues with low blood pressure and mild hypoglycemia. What should I eat the morning of? What should I bring to the test to sustain me for the full 4.5 hours? [more inside]
posted by Alison
on Mar 3, 2014 -
After a few semesters of college, I am consistently disappointed each time I receive an exam or quiz back. I constantly find myself making mistakes which I consider careless or avoidable; I know this is a widespread sentiment among students everywhere. What's your advice? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14
on Mar 7, 2013 -
I need to test several pieces of furniture and some toys for lead paint, and want to have a lab confirm the home tests I plan to run. I need recommendations for reliable (and hopefully affordable, too) options.
posted by ryanshepard
on Feb 25, 2013 -
Where in Melbourne, Australia can I be tested for STIs? I live in the eastern suburbs, so the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
isn't particularly convenient - though if it is cheaper/quicker for testing/results, I will consider making the trip there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 18, 2013 -
I have two weeks of PhD qualifying exams coming up - how do I stay sane, healthy, and positive? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget
on Jul 22, 2012 -
Is it better to predict a test answer then look for the choice that matches or read through each answer choice on middle school standardized tests? [more inside]
posted by Elsie
on Mar 29, 2012 -
I am crazy good at taking tests. How can I make some side money from this skill? Nothing illegal like taking tests for other people, obviously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 9, 2010 -
Asking for a friend: My friend recently got a 710 on the GMAT, with a 92nd percentile verbal and a 75th percentile quantitative. She has the impression that, while her total score is a good one, that business schools are more interested in the quant score than the verbal score, and she is concerned that a 75th percentile quant score will not be sufficient to get her into a top business school (and by a top business school, she means Harvard or Stanford (her first choices)). On practice tests she has done significantly better on the quantitative section and is now trying to decide whether or not to retake the test. Should she? If you have any personal knowledge of what HBS and SBS are looking for in a GMAT score, or can suggest a better forum for this question, she'd appreciate it too.
posted by slide
on Oct 10, 2010 -
Resources to help a high-school history student become a better test-taker, especially in multiple-choice exams? [more inside]
posted by dealing away
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Asking for my partner: What's the best way (most bang for your buck) to prep for a CCNA test? What other certifications or trainings should he go for to move up in the voice/networking area of IT? [more inside]
posted by Madamina
on Feb 28, 2010 -
What kind of tests can I perform to quantify my functioning, in response to varying levels of sleep deprivation? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo
on Feb 19, 2010 -
I Need to take and pass PRAXIS I asap. I looked at the sample questions on ETS website. My strongest area is math followed by reading. On the writing section, I feel I can do well on the essay as it seems natural to me but the technical terms used for grammar, etc, get me lost. So i am looking for advice to study all three parts, especially the technical English stuff. Should I buy the books from ETS? Are there better options? Thanks!
posted by lake59
on Feb 11, 2010 -
Wife is taking the Internet-based TOEFL exam in a couple of weeks. We'll buy the official practice test (from ETS) a couple of days before the actual exam, so she can get a feel of the entire test before going for the real thing. Meanwhile, do you know of any good free practice tests she can use?
posted by dcrocha
on Feb 3, 2010 -
What are the foreign language equivalents to the TOEFL? I'm specifically looking for official tests where a qualifying score would, like the TOEFL, indicate that one's language ability is sufficient to study at a university in that country. For example, China has the HSK test
. What would the equivalent test be in other languages? [more inside]
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo
on Dec 23, 2009 -
A complicated question about a specific medical condition, insurance, and pre-existing conditions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 2, 2009 -
I recently applied for a position as a pro-bono LSAT tutor, unfortunately I wrote my LSAT three years ago and I have no tutoring experience. Help? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow
on Oct 29, 2009 -
What kind of tests are performed by a paramedic on an adult after CPR has resuscitated them from a drowning in a bubble bath? I am writing a novel and this is part of the plot, and I suspect that they must do something, but I don't know what. If anyone knows anything, you have my thanks!
posted by Sully
on Jan 9, 2009 -
DecidophobeFilter: What do you hold to be a particularly accurate/helpful free online test to label/understand yourself and thus choose a "lifepath" or "value-set". [more inside]
posted by ageispolis
on Dec 3, 2008 -
Are expensive, precautionary tests for health preventive maintenance an abuse of the medical system? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Aug 4, 2008 -
I am interested in taking psychometric assessments - specifically for use in Career Development. I would like to hear about experiences with specific psychometric instruments for this purpose. Which test is best? [more inside]
posted by therubettes
on Jun 25, 2008 -
Are there any great (and free) life/career/personality assessment tests online? Where should I look for help brainstorming ideas for a new direction? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1
on Mar 3, 2008 -
Which jobs/careers require an examination as the starting point of employment? I'm not looking for careers that require some sort of professional accreditation like passage of a bar exam or certification. I'm thinking more along the lines of the old (in the US) civil service exam. I know all about the foreign service exam and am curious what else is out there.
posted by the christopher hundreds
on Jan 24, 2008 -
What sort of tests should I ask my for doctor for? I am a 36 year old male with a healthy lifestyle (plenty of exercise, fruit/vegetables, no meat, no smoking or alcohol) but the last three months I have been getting ill or feeling under the weather an awful lot. Nothing major (mostly swollen glands and feeling very tired) but still really frustrating. I like to figure what is going on with me. Tomorrow I am going to see my doctor to ask for some tests. It is my experience with this doctor that I should do my homework before going because otherwise they will just run a limited set of standard tests which might not include what I'm looking for. So I would like to ask the hive mind: what sort of tests should I ask for? Iron and B12 deficiencies spring to mind but what else?
posted by dinkyday
on Dec 5, 2007 -
Do intelligence tests measure g
(i.e. general intelligence)? How do we know? With most testing standards, there's an arbitrary physical constant in the world for us to measure and quantify: the meter is defined in terms of a wavelength of light in a vacuum, for instance. However, intelligence tests seem more like the kilogram's platinum-iridium cylinder, which is a sort of moving target. What's the standard for g
? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea
on Nov 14, 2007 -
When did California stop demanding blood tests before issuing marriage certificates? When they did require a blood test, how long did it take to get one? Thanks!
posted by PeteNicely
on Sep 3, 2007 -
Can anyone point me to some sources for best practices in creating end of course test questions? [more inside]
posted by worker_bee
on Jun 7, 2007 -
My mom (in her late 70s) wants to, for the 1rst time in her life, be tested to find out what her IQ is. She's not linked to the net to do this online, so to who or where could she go in person that would be reliable and reasonably priced to test her IQ ?
posted by Kellyu
on Feb 22, 2007 -
Is it possible to prepare for Intelligence tests ? If yes, what are the mainstream Intelligence tests that firms or institutions use ?
posted by Yiba
on Jan 5, 2007 -
I need a good resource for conducting statistical tests. I've taken stats courses, but it's been a while. Something SPSS-centric would be ideal... [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint
on Nov 29, 2006 -
We all know about IQ - but has anybody ever tried to make a standardised test for wisdom? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo
on Nov 14, 2006 -
So I'm applying for a standardized test (LSAT) tutoring position, right? I've got an "audition" next week, where I need to prove that I can teach
. The material isn't as important as the ability to understand and react to the needs of the individual student. Any tips for one-on-one teaching like this? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint
on Jul 22, 2006 -
After using numerous prep books, official guides and the Powerprep software, I am stuck at the 700-720 range. I checked this
post, but I am looking for more specific help for a really high score.
Right now, I am answering 90% of the questions correct. Do I need to get 100% right? Or get more questions right in the beginning? What am I doing wrong?
I am exactly three weeks away from the test.
posted by vjz
on Aug 3, 2005 -
I am looking to take the October LSAT in Austin and was thinking about taking one of the many LSAT preparation courses (Kaplan, Princeton Review, Powerscore, ScorePerfect, etc). Does anybody have some reviews of the major LSAT preparation courses or experience in taking any of them? Alternatively, can anyone speak to the benefits/detriments of self-study alone?
posted by roundrock
on Jun 5, 2005 -
I will be taking the GMAT on monday and was wondering if anyone had some last minute tips, particularly things that you might not find in a GMAT book. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Jun 2, 2005 -