Electronic testing, or eTesting for short, just means that you will take the test using a computer or other electronic device instead of pencil and paper. eTesting has an ability to include novel types of questions which could potentially be graphical in nature or dynamic by using animations.
In some cases test questions are drawn from question banks. If that is the case, everyone may receive a different version of the test. Depending on the option settings of the test, you may be able to see your score immediately upon completing the test.
You prepare for an eTest the same way you prepare for a pencil and paper test, by organizing your notes and materials, keeping up with class work, and scheduling regular study sessions throughout the semester. You may also want to make sure that you have a backup plan in case your computer or Internet connection fails while taking an eTest (ex. Where else can you go to take the test? How will you quickly get there?).
The eTesting Center is a secure computer lab located on the first floor of Pollock Building at University Park. Arrangements to use the eTesting Center are made by the instructor. Instructors who choose to use the eTesting Center will provide students with the information they need to schedule a time to complete their exams at the Center. There are specific rules students must follow when scheduling and taking exams.
- For information about the location of the Center, see http://www.testing.psu.edu/Lab.
- For information about using the center specifically for students, see http://www.testing.psu.edu/Students/.
To familiarize yourself with the Center before going there, watch the video tour at the eTesting Center Website: http://www.testing.psu.edu/tcintro.
Tests at the Center are delivered using the quizzing tools built into the Penn State course management system, ANGEL.
eTesting and ANGEL
The ANGEL Knowledgebase contains documentation on just about everything you need to know about ANGEL. To access the knowledgebase, log in to ANGEL at http://cms.psu.edu and click on the question mark button on the far left side of the screen.
ANGEL Quizzing Tools
The ANGEL quizzing tools can be used in traditional ways to give tests. In fact, when you go to the eTesting Center to take a test, it may be delivered using ANGEL (Test Pilot is also used for testing in the lab). But that's not the only way an instructor may use ANGEL quizzing. The ANGEL quizzing tools can also be used to provide drill and practice exercises, as well as to provide opportunities for mastery learning.
Drill and Practice Using ANGEL Quizzing
Drill and practice activities, which are usually not graded, are especially good for studying materials that must be memorized. These include facts, content specific vocabulary words, foreign language vocabulary, equations, and formulas. When drill and practice activities are delivered electronically, you receive immediate feedback about your answer. As a drill and practice tool, instructors can set up banks of questions that students can have unlimited access to for study and review. Alternately, students can also create their own ANGEL group and create their own question banks to deliver drill and practice exercises.
Mastery Learning Using ANGEL Quizzing
Electronic testing tools also make mastery learning activities possible. Mastery learning, which is very similar to drill and practice, is when you study and complete assessments until a set goal is reached. Unlike drill and practice, mastery learning activities are completed for a grade. For example, you (or your instructor) might set a goal of 90 percent correct responses when learning foreign language vocabulary. You then study the vocabulary and take the test as many times as you need to until you reach your goal. Prior to the availability of electronic testing, it was not practical for instructors to create large question banks and administer multiple testing sessions.
For more information about creating an ANGEL group and using the quiz tools, access the ANGEL knowledgebase by going to http://cms.psu.edu, logging on, and clicking the question mark button on the far left of the screen.