
Re: Online placement exams
Posted:
Aug 1, 2012 1:24 AM


My preference would be not to have any sort of machine grad able test. Ask a couple of questions for each level and ask the student to show their work. A bank of such questions could be selected from those assigned during prerequisite courses. Yes, some human would need to evaluate the responses, but i think you'd know more.
Guy
On Jul 30, 2012, at 5:35 PM, Alain Schremmer <schremmer.alain@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Jul 30, 2012, at 1:13 PM, Fred Siegeltuch wrote: > >> I'd like to learn about pitfalls and benefits of building and/or using a home grown online placement test rather than one of the corporate solutions. I'm thinking that the placement center could offer a separate small tests for placement into algebra, intermediate algebra, college algebra, and possibly an even smaller survey test to assist those students who are unsure which test they should take. The material covered by each of these test might be a condensed version of the final exam of the prerequisite course. Ideally, the test questions would be generated dynamically by computer and there would be at least some randomization. >> >> If anyone has built such a system or is contemplating doing so, or if you know of any free online placement facility, please let me know. > > I am none of the above. But, based on a very long experience, here are my conjectures on the issue: > >  Most students taking a placement test respond with a variable number of random answers, the less they "know", the higher the number of random answers. > >  Given a properly set up course, i.e. a course that does not deal in "topics" but in real mathematics, what the student "knows" is not that important. > >  The most important factor is that the student be able to devote a certain amount of time to the course. > >  The next most important factor is that the student be able to get information from a printed text. > >  The next most important factor is that the student know that asking questions is usually helpful to them. > > Thus, rather than a placement test, I would advocate some sort of interview. > > Regards > schremmer > **************************************************************************** > * To post to the list: email mathedcc@mathforum.org * > * To unsubscribe, email the message "unsubscribe mathedcc" to majordomo@mathforum.org * > * Archives at http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=184 * > **************************************************************************** **************************************************************************** * To post to the list: email mathedcc@mathforum.org * * To unsubscribe, email the message "unsubscribe mathedcc" to majordomo@mathforum.org * * Archives at http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=184 * ****************************************************************************

