Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices

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Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices

  1. 1. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 1
  2. 2. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Overview 1. 2. 3. 4. Short glossary Assumptions Define your question bank hierarchy Question Bank structure Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 2
  3. 3. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Let’s start with a short glossary          Item: A question to include the answer text Test: A collection of items Content: A test, item or a collection of same Legacy Content: tests or items that have been saved in a digital file, this could include files exported from a previous software program or files used to create paper-and-pencil tests. File: Content that has been saved/stored in a digital format: MS Word, Excel, .csv, .txt. .rtf, .pdf Question Bank: A container for items organized around a specific topic or category Root Bank: A major, level 1 subject, e.g., Math Sub-banks: Containers/directories organized under a root bank; e.g., Math (root bank), Basic Math (sub bank), Addition (sub-bank under Basic Math). Software: Test creation software Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 3
  4. 4. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Assumptions • You have, or will be purchasing software. • The software supports question banking and the importing of content. • You have content in some file format. • You want to get the content into one or more question banks. • You don't want to enter the items manually, you'd like to automate the process if possible. • You haven't really thought through how the content is going to be organized. Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 4
  5. 5. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices The following steps are recommendation as to how to proceed. If you want to take a different approach or modify the order--do whatever works for you. Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 5
  6. 6. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Define your question bank hierarchy If you have one big bucket of content that has not been organized by subject/topic, we recommend:  that you do so before importing your content into question banks. Whether you jot down a rough outline on a piece of paper or create a detailed outline in Word, we highly recommend:  that you outline your content structure in advance of creating and/or importing your content. Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 6
  7. 7. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Define your question bank hierarchy If you are one of several test authors who will be importing content, we recommend:  that everyone agree on a question bank hierarchy. Why?  because allowing each test author to work independently, with no clear agreement on a structure, is inviting trouble. Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 7
  8. 8. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Define your question bank hierarchy Someone, or some core group, within the organization needs to:  serve as the manager  or go-to person regarding the organization and operation of the question banks. Having a clear set of guidelines that everyone (authors, admins) can follow is ideal. It’s essential to have a structure and process defined so that you/your team can more easily manage it. Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 8
  9. 9. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Question Bank structure  Will your content be organized in major (root) categories?  If you need, or think you might want, to organize your content in a set of nested, hierarchical banks, will the software permit you to do so?  Here is an example of the question banking flexibility in TG. You can create root and nested sub-banks—there is no limit to the number of nesting levels. Source: Test Generator – Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Slide 9
  10. 10. Question Banks in Test Generator: Best Practices Questions? 928.266.0553 sales@testshop.com Visit our Website: Test Generator Slide 10

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