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Forms of Tests in Classroom

Assessment is doubtlessly a very important part of studies and learning. Assessment is done in order to know what a student knows. This type of information is required for a number of purposes: for the grading of students, for individual attention required by any student, for creating merit and so on. Another advantage of assessing students and their learning is that it tells how to shape the learning methodologies. There are a number of forms of tests that can be taken in a classroom. The core reason behind taking these tests is that they give insight of each and every student of the classroom.

Multiple-choice tests:

it is one of the most common forms of tests that are taken in any classroom. These tests are taken in order to assess the complex concepts as well as the simple understandings of the student. Multiple-choice tests are specially designed to determine the readiness of a student in answering a specific question. Since all the possible answers are given, it does not take much time calculating and devising a new answer.

Matching tests:

Matching tests are another important form of tests that can be seen in any classroom. Matching tests are designed and taken in order to assess the student's understanding of relation between events and dates, events and places, and so on.

True-False tests:

True-False tests are specially designed to determine the decision of a student on a specific question. This is probably one of the best ways to judge the concepts of a student. Technical terminology is required in order to prepare True-False tests. Most of the true-false tests are timed so that students can take quick decisions on whatever concepts they have. Some true-false tests also include 'remarks' or 'explanation' column in the worksheet. This allows the student to clear out his/her reason why the answer to the specific question is true or false.

Short-answer tests:

These tests include questions, answers of which can be given in two to three lines. These tests are designed to determine the brief but comprehensive answer to any specific question or concept.

Problem Tests:

Problem tests are usually prepared in subjects like Mathematics and Sciences. These tests require several type of calculations on the basis of the conceptual framework and learning of the student. A very common concept followed in problem tests is: give student ten minutes to solve a problem which you can solve in two minutes.

Oral Exams:

Oral exams are a great way to assess the conceptual framework and learning of a student. Written tests may not give a closer insight of the student's conceptual framework and learning. But when a teacher hears to the concepts and ideas of student, it gives a more clear result.

Essay Tests:

Essay tests, which are also known as assignments are designed in order to assess the student capabilities of interpreting objective, collecting material, sorting material, and finally preparing the conclusion of the assignment.

Performance tests:

Performance tests are devised in order to assess the expertise of a student in a specific experiment. A specific time period is given to the student in order to conduct the experiment with maximum proficiency.

There are a number of alternative tests methods too. These tests include take-home tests, open-book tests, group exams, pair testing and portfolios.

More Information On Testing Information For Teachers

Alternative Assessment


  1. 4Tests.com
  2. ETS Research
  3. Question Base
  4. Talent Assessment, Inc.
  5. Teacher Evaluation: New Directions & Practices
  6. The Testing And Assessment Page For The American Psychological Association (APA)
  7. The Tests and the Brightest by James Fallows
  8. What Do Test Scores in Texas Tell Us?

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