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Re: Test writing

Post by Unome » September 20th, 2019, 5:40 am

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Wow Im starting to think Im just slow. Most tests take me 30-40 hours. The nationals circuit lab test I wrote was somewhere in the range of 60-80 since it was my first time writing for circuit lab and I spent a good 10-15 hours on formatting alone.
Ay 30-40 hours for one test... yeah I'm thinking that's on the slow side. I probably spent about 30-40 hours on Geomaps MIT last year, about 5-15 on a typical test.
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If I don't know the rules, probably closer to 20 hours. (I only did that once, and had to push through it in a week, so I'm not certain)
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Re: Test writing

Post by CPScienceDude » October 27th, 2019, 4:25 pm

So I'm writing a road scholar test for an upcoming invitational, and I need some advice. For reference, there are 13 teams. What should I do about the maps? Run it in stations so I need less of each map? Or should I put the maps in the test? I don't like the second option because the map is usually very difficult to read and it doesn't really prepare participants for higher competitions. Thanks for any advice, though.
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Re: Test writing

Post by svph300 » November 2nd, 2019, 3:00 pm

CPScienceDude wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 4:25 pm
So I'm writing a road scholar test for an upcoming invitational, and I need some advice. For reference, there are 13 teams. What should I do about the maps? Run it in stations so I need less of each map? Or should I put the maps in the test? I don't like the second option because the map is usually very difficult to read and it doesn't really prepare participants for higher competitions. Thanks for any advice, though.
In this scenario, I think a stations format would be more useful. You can set up stations, then full-scale the map. By doing so, you would have less paper to print, focus on the answer sheet during grading, and better maps for the competitors since they can see better. Just make sure to let the competitors know to not write on the stations themselves. To avoid this issue, you can laminate the maps, put it in a sheet protector if the maps are on 8.5" x 11" paper, or even deduct points if you catch the competitors writing on the stations.
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Re: Test writing

Post by sciolyperson1 » November 7th, 2019, 1:40 pm

CPScienceDude wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 4:25 pm
So I'm writing a road scholar test for an upcoming invitational, and I need some advice. For reference, there are 13 teams. What should I do about the maps? Run it in stations so I need less of each map? Or should I put the maps in the test? I don't like the second option because the map is usually very difficult to read and it doesn't really prepare participants for higher competitions. Thanks for any advice, though.
You could potentially use map scans, just take screenshots of specific parts of the topo map (usgs map pdfs can be found).
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Re: Test writing

Post by sciolyrules107 » November 28th, 2019, 12:42 pm

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If I'm writing fossils, I generally take forever because I'll be combing our fossil collection for unique/interesting specimens to write questions on.

Otherwise, 10-15 hours for a decent test is pretty standard. For higher-tier invites/competitions, I will generally take more time to double check the key and questions.
Wow Im starting to think Im just slow. Most tests take me 30-40 hours. The nationals circuit lab test I wrote was somewhere in the range of 60-80 since it was my first time writing for circuit lab and I spent a good 10-15 hours on formatting alone.
30-40 hours?!!!!! I need to write a fossils test by December 1st. Better get started soon...
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Re: Test writing

Post by windu34 » November 29th, 2019, 6:18 pm

sciolyrules107 wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 12:42 pm
windu34 wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 8:57 pm
AWildMudkip wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 1:39 pm
If I'm writing fossils, I generally take forever because I'll be combing our fossil collection for unique/interesting specimens to write questions on.

Otherwise, 10-15 hours for a decent test is pretty standard. For higher-tier invites/competitions, I will generally take more time to double check the key and questions.
Wow Im starting to think Im just slow. Most tests take me 30-40 hours. The nationals circuit lab test I wrote was somewhere in the range of 60-80 since it was my first time writing for circuit lab and I spent a good 10-15 hours on formatting alone.
30-40 hours?!!!!! I need to write a fossils test by December 1st. Better get started soon...
Any tips?
Find a test that you admire for its style and emulate the formatting. This will save alot of time playing with different styles
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Re: Test writing

Post by Things2do » December 3rd, 2019, 5:53 pm

About how long should a Division B Circuit Lab test be? It would be with the minimal hands-on activities to meet the rules, and it's for a pretty easy invitational.
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Re: Test writing

Post by imaditi » February 12th, 2020, 7:01 pm

When making a circuit lab div b test I usually have around 25-30 multiple choice, a couple diagrams / fill in the blanks and around 7 free response. I normally aim for around 50-60% average on a test if its for a moderate invitational. I would make it a bit more conceptual because its for division b.
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Re: Test writing

Post by IdahoSciGuy » February 20th, 2020, 1:06 am

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 Tailsfan101 » February 20th, 2020, 10:41 am

IdahoSciGuy wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 1:06 am
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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