Question Types

FCAT Test Maker PRO features all question types found on the real FCAT exams.

Multiple Choice Test Items

The following are some of the guidelines we follow in constructing Multiple Choice test items:

  • Multiple Choice test items are used in grades 3 through 10, and each test item takes about one minute to answer.
  • Multiple Choice test items have four answer choices. By default, these answer choices are labeled like the real FCAT test (A,B,C,D or F,G,H,I) for alternating items.
  • All Multiple Choice test items have only one correct answer, and are presented vertically underneath the question.
  • All distractors are plausible, relevant, and appropriate for the tested grade level. Choices such as “Not enough information” and “None of the above” are not used.
Test items are constantly reviewed to eliminate indications of bias. Masculine pronouns are not used to identify both sexes.

 


Gridded Response and Fill-In Response Test Items

The following are some of the guidelines we follow in constructing Gridded Response test items:

  • Grades 4 through 8 use Gridded Response test items. The Algebra 1 and Geometry End-Of-Course tests use Fill-in Response test items.
  • Gridded Response and Fill-in Response items take an average of 1.5 minutes per item to answer.
  • Bubble Grids used in Gridded Response test items contain four, five, six, or seven columns. Each column contains the digits 0 through 9 enclosed in bubbles.
  • Test items are constantly reviewed to eliminate indications of bias. Masculine pronouns are not used to identify both sexes.

Cognitive Complexity

FCAT Test Maker PRO follows the Florida Department of Education’s guidelines when classifying the cognitive complexity of test items.

The cognitive complexity categories—low complexity, moderate complexity, and high complexity—form a description of the demands an item may make on a student. This classification is built-in to FCAT Test Maker PRO’s test item creation process. Educators can sort and select test items by cognitive complexity as appropriate for the tested benchmarks.

 

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