Unusual test policies

  1. Seems to me that my school has some unusual test policies - or at least unusual in comparison to any other courses I've ever taken. What do you think?

    Students take individual tests. Following the individual tests, the students are assigned random groups of five members and take a quiz as a team. If the team score is an A, 2 points are added to the student's individual test score (1 point for B).

    Faculty analysis of tests: On an exam if 90% or higher of the students answer correctly (or 70% or higher answer incorrectly), a question is reviewed, may be found "inadequate" by the faculty and thrown out.
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   lisamc1RN
    I have been out of school for a long time, but I have never heard of that. It would make me very uneasy, I think, to count on a "group" score to raise my grade. Does a student get docked for group work? As for the reviewing of questions, I'm assuming that they do this to make sure they are asking questions in a fair and understandable way?
  4. by   Cherish
    Is your program new? If so your class could be the guinea pigs, I would hate that honestly. My grade should be mine no one elses.
  5. by   manna
    Nope, it's been around for years. Even got sued back in the early 80's for gender discrimination (it's a public university founded for women, and didn't admit men at the time. A man was denied admission into the nursing program and sued. If you do a google search you can read about it).

    It's not really a problem. If the group doesn't do well on the test, then you don't actually lose any points, just gain points if the group does well. And I think that the majority of our class will be pretty studious - it's an intense program and I don't think anyone would last otherwise.
  6. by   jemommyRN
    I like the sound of it. It's a "free" chance to raise the score on my test. Also, I like the fact that the questions are debatable because in nursing school I heard that there is alot of "WTF" questions on the test.
  7. by   icesk8ie
    In my program, for the first year, we had the opportunity to retake the final with a partner. If you raised your grade by one grade level, you got a point. If you raised it two grade levels, you got two points. It helped several people be able to stay in the class. Also, if quite a few people missed a question (the teachers ran stats for every question), the question was reviewed and was either thrown out or a couple answers were deemed "right". It was good because a few instructors were good with the "WTF" questions.

    --icesk8ie
  8. by   klone
    Quote from jemommy
    I like the sound of it. It's a "free" chance to raise the score on my test. Also, I like the fact that the questions are debatable because in nursing school I heard that there is alot of "WTF" questions on the test.
    I agree! Your grade isn't determined by the group thing, it's determined by your individual test. Think of the group thing as extra credit. It could be their way of seeing how well you work as a group.
  9. by   summ68
    We also did that for nursing 2. You could get up to two extra points above your grade. I liked it for two reasons one you had an idea on how you did on the test and second you could get 4 wrong out of 40 and two extra points and you got an A.
  10. by   Carolanne
    We did the exact same thing in med surg 2. We all got tired of taking the test twice, but the extra couple of points made a difference in a lot of our averages!
  11. by   southernchickrn
    Kind of sounds similar to my psych class. We all took the same tests and then when we handed in our test we picked a number. That number was the group that we were in for out case study. Each group got a separate case study. We couldn't use books or notes, just each other to answer the questions, and no conversing with the other groups! We got a grade for our case study and a grade for our test. Each person in the group got the same grade for the case study. So in essence it was a chance to catch up if you did rotten on the test. Also a lot of teachers would throw out questions if the material was not lectured on and they would give credit for a question if it had two right answers. Sometimes they would have to repost test grades after analyzing test questions, especially if three different teachers wrote test questions (we have a lot of team teaching where I go to school. Teachers would teach on certain topics that a test covered. For example, one would teach diabetes, another on respiratory, etc.

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  12. by   RNNoMore
    That doesn't sound too bad, as you can't lose - but I just found out that in some of my courses, some tests are assigned to small groups of students,and the GROUP score counts as everyone's personal score and so goes toward both your final grade & GPA. I am NOT happy about that to say the least :angryfire

    My husband has found similar policies with his Master's degree in Computer Science that he is going to start in July.

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  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Group testing? We had that a few times, but we were given the option to bow out of it, thank goodness. I always noticed at least one group of five that had two people that didn't study, but always said "ah well, group testing guarentees me a good grade because the others study".

    I never have taken a group test. I studied for me.
  14. by   purplemania
    they are using a statistical formula called multiple regression to find out which are the bad questions and which students are likely to pass. Ideally, this method is more objective than handling verbal complaints of "I did not understand the question". I don't think I would like it either. Seems a waste of time to test multiple times.

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