11 STEPS TO SET A GOOD QUESTION PAPER

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SETTING A GOOD QUESTION PAPER

The following points are essential to make good question paper. As I teach math, I will give example on making good math question paper.

  1. Adequate coverage of objectives: the objective consist of, knowledge based question, question to check understanding level, application question based on day today life, question to check the skills of construction or problem solving etc,
WEIGHTAGE TO OBJECTIVE
SL. NO. OBJECTIVE MARKS PERCENTAGE
1 KNOWLEDGE 23 25.6
2 UNDERSTANDING 14 15.6
3 APPLICATION 22 24.4
4 SKILLS 19 21.1
5 CREATING, EVALUATION & MULTIDISCIPLINARY- 12 13.3
TOTAL 90 100

 

  1. Adequate coverage of content: Distribution of marks must be as per the content. Give more marks to the unit that cover vast syllabus and less for the unit with less exercise.
WEIGHTAGE TO CONTENT
SL. NO. NAME OF THE UNIT MARKS PERCENTAGE
1 NUMBER SYSTEM 17 18.9
2 ALGEBRA 25 27.8
3 GEOMETRY 37 41.1
4 COORDANATE GEOMETRY 6 6.7
5 MENSURATION 5 5.6
TOTAL 90 100

 

  1. Forms of questions: Question paper must contain different types of marks. There must be 1 mark question, 2 marks question, 3 marks question, 4 marks question etc according to the difficulty level and numbers of steps required to solve particular question.
WEIGHTAGE TO THE FORM OF QUESTION
SL. NO FORMS OF QUESTION MARKS PERCENTAGE
1 VERY SHORT ANSWER (VSA) 4 4.4
2 SHORT ANSWER-I (SA) 12 13.3
3 SHORT ANSWER-II (SA) 30 33.3
4 LONG ANSWER (LA) 44 48.9
TOTAL 90 100

 

 

  1. Difficulty level: As we all know that all the children does not have the same level of intelligent, so It is very important to make a question paper with different difficulty level. Around 20% question must be of easy level for the struggling children, around 70 % of average level question must set for the average level students and around 20 % of question must be set up for outstanding performer to challenge the difficult questions.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
SL. NO FORMS OF QUESTION MARKS PERCENTAGE
1 EASY 17 18.9
2 AVERAGE 55 61.1
3 DIFFICULT 18 20.0
TOTAL 90 100

 

  1. Distribution of marks: marks should be distribute as per the degree
WEIGHTAGE TO CONTENT
TIME : 3 HOURS                                                                                                                                                              MARKS: 90
SL. NO. NAME OF THE UNIT VSA SA-I  SA-II LA
No. of Q 1 Marks No. of Q 2 Marks No. of Q 3 Marks No. of Q 4 Marks MARKS PERCENTAGE
1 NUMBER SYSTEM 1 1 1 2 2 6 2 8 17 18.9
2 ALGEBRA 1 1   0 4 12 3 12 25 27.8
3 GEOMETRY 1 1 4 8 4 12 4 16 37 41.1
4 COORDANATE GEOMETRY   0 1 2   0 1 4 6 6.7
5 MENSURATION 1 1   0   0 1 4 5 5.6
Total Marks   4   12   30   44 90 100
Total no. of Question 4   6   10   11   31

6. Adequacy of time: Question must be set based on duration.

7. Arrangement of questions: Question can be arrange based on

i) Mark wise (from lower mark to higher mark)

ii) Section wise (E.g. For English we can divide the section as grammar, reading, writing, speaking)

iii) Mix question (E.g. for Science we can mixes all the question from physics, chemistry and biology)

8. Psychological order: Question must proceed from easy level to difficult level.

9. Instruction: Clear instructions should be given in the beginning of the question paper. For Exapmle

Max Marks: 90                         Max Time: 3 hours

 

General instruction:

  1. i) All questions are compulsory.
  2. ii) The question paper consists of 31 questions divided into four Section A, B, C and D. Section-A comprises of 4 questions of 1 marks each; Section- B comprises of 6 questions of 2 marks each; Section – C comprises of 10 questions of 3 marks each and Section – D comprises of 11 questions of 4 marks each.
  3. Use of calculator is not permitted.

 

10. Answer key: Once the question is set, make the answer for each question. This help in correction of question if any error is there in question paper. Also, it saves time in evaluation process.

ANSWER KEY
Q. NO. ANSWER MARKS TIME
 1 Right angle triangle 1 1 min
2 1     egree 1 2 min
Total 2 3 min

 

11. Blue print: When we are designing the blue print we have to include all the above points (1 to 10). Once the blue print is design you can proceed to set the question paper. Example of Blue print is given below:

DESIGN OF QUESTION PAPER (Weightage to objective)
TIME : 3 HOURS                                                                                                              MARKS: 90
SL. NO TYPOLOGY OF QUESTION VSA SA-I  SA-II LA TOTAL MARKS WEIGHTAGE   (%)
No. of Q 1 Marks No. of Q 2 Marks No. of Q 3 Marks No. of Q 4 Marks
1 Knowledge based 1 1 2 4 2 6 3 12 23 25.6
2 Understanding- 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 8 14 15.6
3 Application- 1 1 2 4 3 9 2 8 22 24.4
4 Skills- 1 1 1 2 4 12 1 4 19 21.1
5 Creating, Evaluation and Multi disciplinary   0         3 12 12 13.3
Total Marks   4   12   30   44 90 100
Total no. of Question 4   6   10   11   31

 

 

Try to make your own question paper by following  the above ELEVEN steps.

 

Published by rkdskool

I am working in the field of education for more than 15 years. I teach Math. Presently I'm Working as the vice principal in reputed School.

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