We have a big test tomorrow in our Health Management class. Our instructors in this course are well known for having awful test questions. The questions are not too difficult in an "I should have studied this material more" sense- they are just poorly worded and poorly asked questions. If I were to say to my instructor during class, "Pick any female student in this room," and she were to pick Danielle, I would say, "Yes, Danielle is a female student, so you are correct, but I can’t give you credit because that is not the student I was thinking of." What would they respond? Probably something like, "Well, you didn’t give me enough information to narrow down which student you were thinking of! There were too many ‘right answers’" Only then would our instructors understand how we feel about their test questions. They are trying to imitate the NCLEX (our licensing exam), which has several options that seem right. However, the NCLEX questions are written by professionals who are able to give you enough clues to figure out the correct answer. Our teachers leave us at the "pick any female student" part of the question, and forget to give us the rest of the necessary information.
If my teachers were smart (which we have established is definitely not the case), they would ask me to proofread the test before they give it to the class. This way, I could tell them which questions would have a better of chance of people getting the right answer if they change the wording to, "Pick a letter, A, B, C, or D." With the Katie Seal of Approval on the test questions, the students who studied and know the material would actually be the ones who do well on the exam. Isn’t that a crazy concept?
Wish me luck tomorrow guys!