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Ron Dirkse

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EXAM - 3
Posted: May 7, 1997 10:13 PM
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Now having met with my classes, the students seemed to feel the exam was
moderately hard, but not overwhelming. Most had 15-20 minutes extra time for
the MC, most would have liked to have had extra time on the FR. "How much
writing do we really have to put down?" They did expect to see more chi-sq,
binomial, correlation stuff - IPS ch 7,8,9 sort of thing. They didn't feel
that they really used their TI-83's as much as they thought they would.

I can see why problem #3 was included, but it was rather surprising to see
that kind. I think we did cover it enough to give the students a shot at
it, but we'll see. I was expecting (probably unrealistically) to see more
balance in the time needed to do each of the 5 questions. Seemed like some
were much easier/harder than others.

CONCERNING THE INSERTS, ETS certainly has to do a better job on that next
year. Why were they not all green like the calc and computer ones have
always been? They look like they should be written in, even tho I know the
instructions are given not to do this. I had 4-5 students who were very
confused by these for a variety of reasons. Some only pulled out the green
sheet -- it was perforated and tore out easily. One student actually wrote
reasonably long asnwers for ALL the questions in the insert, somehow
realized his mistake and then still had time to copy everything over into
the pink booklet! Our counselor is sending everything in to ETS with an
explanatory letter. None of those who 'goofed' were any of my stars, but
they all certainly have a reasonable shot at a 4.

Enjoying all this discussion concerning the exam. Recently the AP computer
Science list-serve has had a very good discussion concerning whether all
students should/must take the AP exam in an AP course. Also whether the
course is weighted for GPA purposes and whether that weighting should be
taken away if the student doesn't take the exam. As a school, we do get
very high (90%+) rate taking the exam. I was happy that all 35 of my stats
student's did. There must be an archives of that listserve somewhere if
you're interested in that discussion.

Ronald L. Dirkse (

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1-1-1 Nomizu, Chofu-shi Fuchu-shi
Tokyo, 182, Japan Tokyo, 183, Japan
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