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Re: Test writing

Post by IdahoSciGuy » February 20th, 2020, 1:31 pm

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Personally depends on a factor of how much time I have/What Event it's for/how many teams will be there. With full control of the format, an invitational of 7 teams will get a different style of a test than a full tournament of 60. The main reason for the difference is the ease of grading though. Our volunteers in my state are precious, so we do the best we can with them in mind, just as much as the test content. So, for that invitational, there's more likely to be short answers, but that full tournament of 60 might have fill in the blanks, multiple-choice, or a spattering of both through station formats. The end goal being that there are adequate knowledge checks going on, while simultaneously being gradable efficiently.
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Re: Test writing

Post by BennyTheJett » March 18th, 2020, 6:25 pm

I have a question for the alumni: Do you guys ever write a test or tests for a meet without actually going to the meet and running the event?
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Re: Test writing

Post by Umaroth » March 18th, 2020, 6:47 pm

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I have a question for the alumni: Do you guys ever write a test or tests for a meet without actually going to the meet and running the event?
Not an alum, but I've done that before, and I know that's what a lot of students have done. This was mainly for Jeffrey Trail Div B Invitational, Raymond Park Div B/C Invitational, and Eagle View Div B Invitational, where pretty much every test was written by a high level student and proctored at the event by volunteers who communicated with the writers on how to run the event.
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Re: Test writing

Post by sciolyperson1 » March 18th, 2020, 9:11 pm

Umaroth wrote:
March 18th, 2020, 6:47 pm
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March 18th, 2020, 6:25 pm
I have a question for the alumni: Do you guys ever write a test or tests for a meet without actually going to the meet and running the event?
Not an alum, but I've done that before, and I know that's what a lot of students have done. This was mainly for Jeffrey Trail Div B Invitational, Raymond Park Div B/C Invitational, and Eagle View Div B Invitational, where pretty much every test was written by a high level student and proctored at the event by volunteers who communicated with the writers on how to run the event.
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Re: Test writing

Post by lumosityfan » March 18th, 2020, 9:42 pm

BennyTheJett wrote:
March 18th, 2020, 6:25 pm
I have a question for the alumni: Do you guys ever write a test or tests for a meet without actually going to the meet and running the event?
I've done that before. I wrote the Astronomy tests for some regions and states when people requested it. While I'm certainly able and willing to do so, I prefer to be there in person just because it makes it easier to proctor my own test in terms of grading and understanding the test itself.
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Re: Test writing

Post by SilverBreeze » March 18th, 2020, 10:19 pm

lumosityfan wrote:
March 18th, 2020, 9:42 pm
BennyTheJett wrote:
March 18th, 2020, 6:25 pm
I have a question for the alumni: Do you guys ever write a test or tests for a meet without actually going to the meet and running the event?
I've done that before. I wrote the Astronomy tests for some regions and states when people requested it. While I'm certainly able and willing to do so, I prefer to be there in person just because it makes it easier to proctor my own test in terms of grading and understanding the test itself.
I agree from a competitor standpoint, where a great frustration is asking the proctor about what you think could be a minor error and they can only reply "I'm sorry, I didn't write this test." That being said, good test quality without the writer present is better than poor quality with the writer proctoring.
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Re: Test writing

Post by BennyTheJett » March 19th, 2020, 5:31 am

How do you get in contact with the people in order to write the tests?
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Re: Test writing

Post by Giantpants » March 19th, 2020, 5:38 am

BennyTheJett wrote:
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How do you get in contact with the people in order to write the tests?
I've been wondering this too; since the area I'm going to college in has a pretty decent number of competitions (invitationals and regionals), is there a particular way to contact people letting them know I'm an SO alumni who wants to help write/run tests at their competitions?
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Re: Test writing

Post by lumosityfan » March 19th, 2020, 5:52 am

You usually can just email the event organizer and let them know you're interested in writing/running tests. Also, some invitationals will have a form that you can fill out.
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