Two-stage exams are an innovative exam style perfect for classes that use a lot of student student interaction. In a two-stage exams students complete the first, individual, portion of the exam as normal, then they hand in their individual work, get into groups of 4, and complete the same exam again with a group of their peers. In the words of one student:
“Great idea! The group exams give you a chance to go over your answers to the exam while you still care about the questions.”
The student response to this style of exams is excellent both in terms of how they feel about the exams and also in terms of retention.
Below is a collection of resources for those of you interested in learning more about two stage exams.
Our research group has published the results of two studies on two stage exams. One looks at student retention of content:
Two Stage Exams Gilley and Clarkston
The appendices for this paper are here:
And the second that looks at student experiences: