The purpose of training is to provide learners with the necessary skills to do their jobs. We assess our learners so we can validate that learning has occurred as a result of training - not previous knowledge, guessing, or poor question construction.
In order to achieve that validation, we need to construct effective assessments and test questions. Writing test questions that are optimized for statistical analysis is more complex than most instructional designers know. It requires an understanding of how people learn, and how to write test questions which are complex enough to accurately test the learning objective that was trained.
The document below is the first section of MetriVerse's "Writing Effective Assessments" toolkit. This section helps designers understand how to write tests that are assessing the right objectives at the right level. Click on the link below to download the PDF of this section.
A.D. Detrick is a strategy and measurement consultant, human capital analytics expert, project manager, instructional designer, and trainer. He's also a self-confessed comic book geek and a believer in using humor and humanity to teach complex concepts.
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