Create Review Tests using Google Docs

4 Jun

If you’re not a fan of Google Docs, I can’t say that I understand you.  Granted, it takes a bit of getting used too, but Google Docs makes my life a whole lot easier.  I use Google Docs: to create New Student Information forms which they can send to me individually, allowing me to get a better feel for my students; to give reviews and tests; to embed forms on my blog; to create and store presentations; to give homework and assignments; to get feedback from students and parents; to create and store documents, spreadsheets and more.  You can access your Google Docs account from any computer or smartphone with an internet connection. Convenient.  Practical.  

I hear Google Docs is changing, and I’m not sure on all the changes that will take place.  But, I doubt it will be less useful so I hope this blogpost doesn’t become outdated too quickly.  Here’s a link to help you get more familiar with how you can use Google Docs as an Educator

How to make a Review Test using Google Docs.

First you need a Google account, like Gmail, and when you are at the Google homepage, you can see a tab at the top labeled ‘Documents’ which you click.  If you’re unfamiliar with Google Docs, either dive in or watch a YouTube video to learn more.  The red box to the left labeled ‘Create’ allows you to choose which type of doc you want to make.  We want to make a review test, so click ‘form.’  

Add a new question by clicking the box with the green cross on it, top left.  There are different types of questions you can create.  Text, paragraph text, multiple choice, checkboxes (for multiple or singular answers), choose from a list, scale, and grid.  You can choose to make the question mandatory or not by checking the box to the right of the ‘Done’ button.  I try to add a variety of question styles to any review test I make to keep it interesting.  Choose the type of question and get started making your review test!

Tips for Creating:

  • Start with text questions having them write their name, class time, and any other information you’d require.  
  • If you have a lot of questions, consider doing page breaks, where students will have to click a box labeled continue to move between pages.  It breaks up the monotony and feels like progress to the test-taker.
  • Change the theme – personalize your review test with images, logos and font styles. You can see the ‘Theme:’ button on the top of the page. 
  • Move the location of questions if you need to by clicking and dragging.  
How to Send the Test to your Students:
Go to Google Docs and open the form you’ve created. You’ll see a nifty spreadsheet that has your questions lined up along the top and the rest blank.  Click on the sub-heading ‘Form (0)’ and you’ll see a drop-down list of options. You want to ‘Send Form.’  Choose from your contact list, or enter manually, who you want to email the test to.  
How to Check Your Students Answers:
Once a student completes the form, their answers will appear along with a timestamp on the spreadsheet.  You can check your answers from here.

PROs and CONs:

  • CON: Students can take tests on behalf of another person.  You really don’t know who is taking the test.  Therefore, it’s better for review tests, sample tests or information forms rather than for graded tests.
  • PRO: Paperless.
  • PRO: They can work on it over the weekend, not eating up class time.
  • CON: You need everyone’s email address.
  • PRO: You can see a summary of responses by clicking on the “Form (0)” drop-down list to immediately see which questions were difficult, easy.  Good feedback for review tests as you can see what you still need to work on before an exam.  

Great!  If I missed anything or you have another use for Google Docs that I didn’t mention here, please let me know by leaving a comment! ^^

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