Setting up a good examination paper

The students are tested at the end of a semester or academic year to find out the outcome of their learning in the class room.A good examination paper is to be prepared to test them in all the ares of learning.

The students are tested for their skills acquired in the class room after the end of a semester or academic year.This test should be comprehensive and they should be tested in all the topics they learned during the semester/year.A well set examination paper, testing the students in all the competencies, should be set.

Before setting a question paper, a table of contents is to be prepared.This table should contain the topics covered with main and specific objects.The number of hours prescribed to complete the topics and the sub topics, is to be noted down.

Now basing on this table of contents with the all the relevant data , the question paper should be set.Of the total hours for completing the syllabus, the percentage of hours taken for each individual topic and sub topics is to be arrived.This gives a general idea as to how many questions are to be selected from each topic.
While selecting this proper care should be taken to assess the importance or relevance of a topic in that particular subject. Some of the topics may need few hours of teaching but their importance may be more for understanding that particular subject. Such topics should be given necessary weightage.

The student should be tested for knowledge, comprehension and application.The knowledge area can be tested by short questions like definitions or examples.The comprehension can be tested by essay type questions,derivation of formulae etc., The application can be tested by giving numerical problems.Each question may be divided into two or three short answer questions to test the student in all the areas.

A question paper prepared following these guidelines will be a balanced one.All the topics will get the importance due to them.


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