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Exam blueprint

Once you know the learning objectives and question types for your exam, you should create an exam blueprint. An exam blueprint consists of a chart representing the number of questions you want in your exam within each topic and objective level. The blueprint identifies the learning objectives and skills to test and the relative importance given to each. The blueprint also ensures that you obtain the desired coverage of topics for your assessment.

Example

40-question exam

 

Topic A

Topic B

Topic C

Topic D

TOTAL

Knowledge

1

2

1

1

5

(12.5%)

Comprehension

2

1

2

2

7

(17.5%)

Application

4

4

3

4

15

(37.5%)

Analysis

3

2

3

2

10

(25%)

Synthesis

 

1

 

1

2

(5%)

Evaluation

 

 

1

 

1

(2.5%)

TOTAL

10

(25%)

10

(25%)

10

(25%)

10

(25%)

40

After creating your blueprint, begin writing questions that match the learning objective level for each topic area.

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