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date: 20 October 2019

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The author explores multiple strategies for the evaluation of student learning in college classrooms, with particular focus on psychology courses. In addition to measuring student learning, these strategies can also improve student learning in courses. Instructors have a variety of question types (e.g., multiple choice, multiple true false, essay) and testing formats (e.g., in-class, take-home) to choose from. The present essay explores the different options to help instructors design effective assessment exercises. Alternatives to the standard in-class examinations are also explored. The author includes practical suggestions for designing effective assessments and administering exams. Techniques for using exams as student learning opportunities are also explored. Relevant research findings are reviewed.

Keywords: exam, quiz, assessment, learning, evaluation

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