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Test Question Templates

For many years, I struggled with a common teaching dilemma: how can I help my undergraduate students think scientifically in courses dominated by traditional high-stakes tests?

Dr. C sipping some TQ Tea.

In 2019, with the help of colleagues Ben Wiggins (University of Washington) and Kiki Jenkins (Arizona State University), I had a breakthrough idea -- a framework that would help my students prepare for interesting, complex test questions without giving away the exact questions or answers.

We call the framework Test Question Templates, or TQTs for short.

Since TQTs emphasize (A) abundant opportunities for collaborative student practice and (B) transparent alignment of practice and testing, they may be considered a cousin of TILT, public exams, and mastery grading.

Our first peer-reviewed paper on TQTs is this:

That paper's appendix, which listed my undergraduate (sophomore-level) human anatomy and physiology TQTs as of March 2020, is now out of date. However, I am sharing my current TQTs in the following Google Drive folders:

I am also working with great collaborators on three small TQT-related projects:

  • A Taxonomy of Anatomical Reasoning (with Krista Rompolski, Moravian College)
  • An Analysis of Undergraduate Biology Lessons Published in CourseSource (with Kiki Jenkins and Dilan Evans, Arizona State University)
  • Aliens Among Us: Using Extraterrestrials to Teach A&P (with Bud Lindstedt, Northern Arizona University, emeritus)

Here are some additional TQT-related resources:

I welcome comments, questions, and comments-masquerading-as-questions! Feel free to email me at gcrowther AT everettcc DOT com.