Center for Faculty Excellence
Tips for Teaching
Some Rules for Testing
by Kenneth E. Eble, The Craft of Teaching (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1988)
- Use a variety of testing methods.
- Always give feedback (as promptly as possible).
- Tests should be more for learning and for motivating than for measuring. All three are useful.
- Regard the absolute worth and accuracy of testing with suspicion.
- Reduce in any way you can the threat tests pose. 6.Don't grade all tests.
- Clarify test objectives both before and after, with yourself and with students.
- Be honest, open, and fair. Discuss tests both before and after.
- Don't stress the trivial just because it is so easy to test.
- Surprise quizzes and tests which can't be completed in the given time may serve the teacher's ego more than the student's learning.
- Be imaginative as well as careful, balanced, and precise.
- Be generous.