Test Generators Save Teachers Time
09/03/2009 | HEATHER JENSEN
Terry Gaunt from Capistrano Valley School was looking for a better way to offer a more complete exam to his students. After some research, he determined a test generator was the tool he was looking for. He required something professional, that had great graphics and was easy to use. He also needed better quality questions than he was getting from his standard textbook exams. After a lot of searching, Terry found Examgen, a Syracuse, NY company that writes and publishes test-item databanks for math, science and social studies with test generating software. What used to take Terry hours to do now takes just minutes with Examgen. He was then able to spend more time doing what he does best, which is teaching.
Test generating software products like Examgen work with any level of teaching. Teachers can search for questions by subject, topic or standard. Databases are aligned to all 50states and meet State Academic Intervention Service requirements. The quantity of questions available on each database is vast and allows teachers to use not only for testing but also drill and practice and homework assignments. All the questions in the item banks are editable and users can even import their own graphics. In the case of Examgen, unique imagery is provided so there will most likely be no need.
Examgen owner, Jack Vriesenga, a former Chemistry Professor at Syracuse University, started the company over 20 years ago. He felt teachers needed a resource tool to help them make quality tests at a faster rate. After writing test questions himself, beginning with Chemistry, he started expanding and hiring consultants to write material in Math and Social Studies. Examgen now has qualified, experienced teachers and consultants all over the country writing material for different state standards.
Test generating software should be affordable for most schools. Examgen charges $675 per database. The number of questions usually falls within range of 3,000 to 5,000 in each. They include enticing graphics that as a teacher you wouldn’t normally attempt to draw yourself. The cost of each database is a one-time fee. Teachers can use it as well as take it home and install on their home computer. Supplements start at $90. Examgen releases a bank of new questions every year to add to the existing database, but the school must already own a “main” database to purchase their supplements.
Databases come with test generator software. It has full editing capabilities, enabling teachers to write their own questions and expand the databases. Questions can be changed as deemed fit. Teachers can also scramble questions, remove answer choices, or convert multiple choice questions into free response.
Heather Jensen is Marketing Director at Examgen. For more information, visit www.examgen.com.
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