More Testing – Less Anxiety?

More Testing – Less Anxiety?

Michael Collins

1998 3M Teaching Fellow
 
tudents appreciate choice in the means by which we evaluate them since it gives them an added measure of control over their pathway through a course. In my main course (Biology 2040- Human Biology) I used to set two in-class tests and a final exam (all compulsory), in addition to a term paper, principally because of the large class size. As class size increased I found that there were ever larger numbers of students missing tests (due to illness, participation in sporting events etc.) requiring me to produce make-up tests and to arrange times and places for them to be written. At this point I was beginning to think of reducing the number of in-class tests to just one, to cut down on the problem of make-up tests.