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Traditional individual testing discourages collaboration, increases student anxiety, and does not provide timely and useful feedback. Two-stage tests are an alternative method of assessment that deepens learning while also promoting higher-order thinking skills, such as collaboration, communication, and peer instruction. In a two-stage test, students first complete and turn in the test individually and then, working in preassigned groups of 3 to 4, answer the same test questions again. The individual part of the test is weighted at 85%, while the group part is weighted at 15%. To encourage total participation and address concerns about fairness, students are told that their individual test score will not go down due to the group part. This teaching practice transforms traditional testing into a valuable collaborative learning experience that fully utilizes UNLV's 75-minute class session and improves student perception of the course.
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Kauffman, Andrew, "Collaborative Two-Stage Testing: A “Less Sad and Intimidating” Way to Test" (2023). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 183.
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