Post-Test Analysis

Another fun assignment in PIDP 3250 is to create a video describing an instructional strategy. I chose “post-test analysis”. This strategy encourages students to analysis their performance on an exam beyond looking at the grade and seeing what questions they got wrong. The technique was described by Michelle Achasoso in a paper called “Post-Test Analysis: A Tool for Developing Students’ Metacognitive Awareness and Self-regulation“. Elizabeth Barkley then included this technique in her book “Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty“.  The Teaching Professor Newsletter reviewed Barkley’s book and included a summary of post-test analysis in an article entitled “Using Post-Test Analysis to Help Students See Correlation Between Effort and Performance“.

In a nutshell, post-test analysis is a two-step process. In the first stage, students predict their exam score, rank their effort in studying for the exam, identify which learning strategies they used to prepare for the exam and which questions they found easy and hard on the exam. These questions are completed after the exam but before the exam in submitted for grading. After the instructor grades the exams, students complete stage 2 to analyze their performance on the exam. There is a lot of variation if which questions are asked for stage 2. There are some examples of stage 2 questions here, here, here and here. There are also examples in the links above. Based on the results of the post-test analysis, students alter their study habits to hopefully do better on the next test.

This technique appealed to me because I already devote one class to reviewing exams, but I didn’t know how to guide students to make the most of this time. I also do practice tests so that students know what to expect for the real test. I think post-test analysis will be excellent for use with practice tests because students can make use of what they have learned to improve their grade on the real test.

So, here is my video. I personally am not a big fan of videos as I can read faster than I listen, but maybe it’ll appeal to an auditory learner out there, some where.

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