When my Geometry students are learning proofs, they need a lot of assistance from me and other students. Before giving them a summative assessment, I like to give them a group/practice test about a week prior, to give them a chance to study together before the "real" test a week later. (When I call it a "review," they treat it as a homework and just don't take it seriously!) They work in cooperative groups of 3 or 4, and since my students change groups every 3 weeks, I choose who their groups will be.
I weight it one-quarter the weight of a "real" test in the gradebook. I give students the option of working alone if they feel their group won't be productive, although students rarely take me up on that offer.
When they turn it in, they staple all 3 or 4 group members' tests together, and then I grade problem 1 of the first test, problem 2 of the second test, problem 3 of the third test, and so on. Then I add up the points, and all students receive the same score.
Since I'm only assessing 1 out of every 3 or 4 problems, it goes very quickly, and I can give them feedback easily by the next class. They then have about a week to prepare and/or use it as a study guide to get them ready for the test the next week.
This particular group test was from a unit that primarily focused on proofs, triangles, equations of lines, and parallel lines. It also includes spiral review problems to keep their skills sharp.
Students are expected to write directly on it.
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NOTE: Students take longer to complete a group test than a comparable individual test. Because I have 90-minute blocks at my school, I expect them to finish this test within one block. If you have 60-minute periods, I would recommend shortening the test by removing one page worth of problems until it fits on a single page (front and back). I never recommend that you have them work on it over two class periods, as the very small number of absent students (some will be absent the first day, and others the second day) will gum up the concept of a shared group practice test.