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Assessment Using ConcepTests

What is a ConcepTest?

A ConcepTest is a technique used often in a lecture setting. The instructor presents one or more questions during class along with several possible answers. Students in the class indicate which answer they think is correct. This could be done by a show of hands, for example. If many of the students do not give the correct answer, students are given a short time in lecture to try to persuade their neighbor that their answer is correct. The question is asked a second time to gauge class mastery. The technique can be particularly useful in large classes.

Example ConcepTest Questions

Example ConcepTest question

At which location in the diagram below would the waves break closer to the beach?
Waves Breaking
a. A
b. B
c. C
ConcepTest: Waves ConcepTest questions by David McConnell, David Steer, Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn Created with funding from NSF CCLI Award #0087894.

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