Exam Craft

Exams are the oddest of things.  Like interviews are for jobs.  Is an interview really the most effective way to determine whether a candidate is the most effective person for the job in question?

No. Not really.  But it's probably the best way we've got.

Likewise: Exams.

Awful things.  Artificial.  And a real pressure point for the young mind.  So, while equipping those young minds with the subject matter to be examined one should also have a bit of an exam strategy to pass on to them. Otherwise known as Exam Craft.

For me it started by wondering how each student approached their first exam question?  Do they read it through and then underline key words?  Do you need to draw a diagram?  What is the question actually asking you?  Have I answered it?  Do I move on?

I tend to use the rather awful acronym 'PDR?' (rising intonation at the end included - which stands for the question 'Do I Move On?')

I explain it in more detail here but in a nutshell it is...

Planning
Doing
Reviewing
? [Do I Move On?]

Depending on the circumstance I make a mockery of consistency by calling the Planning part of this acronym 'Preparation' instead.  Hey, it starts with a P so who's complaining?

This is quite hard for a student to believe in without them having its benefits demonstrated to them.