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Using WeBWork for Placement Exams

Using WeBWork for Placement Exams

by Louis Zulli -
Number of replies: 1
My department is thinking of using WW to administer our calculus placement exams for incoming students. Thus several hundred students would take online exams using WW in the summer before they arrive on campus.

Before we pursue this further, I would greatly appreciate any advice you may have. In particular, please let me know if what we are contemplating is a bad idea!

(We have just begun using WW this semester, so we are still very much in the experimental stage.)

In reply to Louis Zulli

Re: Using WeBWork for Placement Exams

by Gavin LaRose -
Hi Louis,

We're just making the transition to using WeBWorK for our placement exam for incoming freshmen here at the University of Michigan.  That's not a calculus placement test, but our preliminary work suggests that the Gateway/Quiz assignment type in WeBWorK should work for the testing as we do it (that is, as an on-line, unproctored, but timed test).  We have several thousand students who take the test, albeit over the course of the summer.  We also have a pretty good server to manage the load.

For our test we don't want students to see their results, nor the problems, once they're done.  This is something that I've added to the HEAD (unstable) branch of WeBWorK, but that should become stable soon and migrate out to the production branch.