If you are in a hurry to put together a unit exam for Genetics at a 9-12 level, I have saved you the time. This is a Genetics Unit Exam that accomodates to multiple state standards. It is a 36 question exam that represents data-based research. This exam is both valid and reliable and covers the following deep understandings of Genes and Heredity which spans the following areas:
DNA (structure and function)
DNA vs. RNA
Using the Genetic Code
Whats unique about this exam is its cosmetics and structural framework. The exam is designed to take full advantage of visual learners through differentiation. The exam aligns to the multiple intelligences which includes test questions that cover:
Charts and Diagrams
True and False
Using the Genetic code to transcribe and translate base sequences
Embedded within the exam is a survey tool that can measure your student's understanding of the content without relying simply on a summative assessment. On the right side of the questions you will see circles that are labeled, E, M, H. E-easy, M-medium, and H-hard. After students answer the questions they will cross out the level of difficulty they felt the quesiton is. This data will help bridge the gap between a reliable and valid assessment.
Also, there is qualitiative research regarding anxiety and test taking. Inside the cover you will see a box for students to write down what they are feeling just as the test is about to be handed out. Research has shown that if students do this the class mean will increase 5%.
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