Today’s most powerful educational testing tools

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Today’s students are encouraged to actively engage with the material, exercising their higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities.

The history of educational testing tools

Today, we, as educators, know that learning requires a student to engage in problem-solving. A student’s ability to organize, structure, and use the learning material to solve problems is said to have a deep knowledge of the learning content. Educational testing tools haven’t always had this same problem-solving nature, however.

Traditional testing tools typically saw learners as passive absorbers of learning material. Today, students are encouraged to actively engage with the material, exercising their higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities.

Educational testing tools today

Educational testing has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last decade. As research continues to validate the effectiveness of online assessment, more and more schools and universities have adapted their learning strategies to include some form of online testing.

A combination of both formative and summative assessment is said to provide the best learning outcome for students. Formative assessment focuses on the learning process of the student as they build up their knowledge on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. Summative assessment then assesses the learning objectives of a student’s work. This may, for example, be in the form of either end-of-year exams or the SAT exams.

Today’s online educational testing tools include a variety of powerful, engaging functions and features. These features have been designed specifically to create a compelling learning experience for students.

Interactive question types

Today, one of the most popular educational testing tools that is being used in classrooms across the U.S. is Technology-Enhanced Items (or TEIs). This group of question types has designed to encourage students to construct an answer as opposed to merely selecting a response. TEIs require students to use their critical thinking skills. They are said to give educators a better understanding of the student’s depth of knowledge of a particular topic, as well as naturally increasing student engagement levels through their interactive nature.

Onscreen tools & features

Most online learning products today utilize a variety of interactive features to enhance the student learning experience. From calculators to onscreen protractors and rulers, to embeddable video and audio, learning content is being enriched to provide students with the most compelling learning experiences.

Advanced scoring & feedback options

One of the most impressive capabilities of today’s online educational testing tools is the scoring and feedback features which automatically marks auto-scorable questions instantly. This means that scoring is made a lot more easy for educators, but also more efficient and accurate, particularly for subjects such as advanced math and chemistry.

Powerful student feedback is now available in numerous forms to enhance student learning. Distractor rationale and optional hints can now be provided to the student, evoking an appropriate response. Students can also gain a better understanding of what information they’re missing and where they’ve lost marks on a particular question.

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