The Exam Blueprint
ExamSoft provides an onscreen, dynamic exam blueprint for each assessment that is built in the system. To successfully create an exam blueprint, you must have a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills that are to be measured by the assessment. When including questions, Users should have a firm grasp on the relative weighting among the various content strands will be represented on the assessment. The blueprint provides the total number of questions for each category and the percentage of the exam that includes these categories. These categories are learning outcomes that you attach to each question, and come from the course syllabus. Using this guide will enable you to create assessments that cover the specific concepts that need to be evaluated.
Creating an Exam Blueprint
An exam blueprint consists of a matrix of test specifications that will chart the specific learning outcomes that will be evaluated throughout an assessment. This blueprint identifies the concepts outlined by the learning outcomes and provides the relative weight on the test for each item. To create an exam blueprint:
1. First, you should identify the learning outcomes that will be your categories for a specific assessment that includes:
a. Specific learning outcomes
b. Concepts, Skills, or Topics
2. Second, determine the relative importance of each item by assigning a weight and total number of questions to assign to each category.
3. Thirdly, add up the total to decide where you may want to make changes to the make-up of the exam.
4. Finally, the exam blueprint is not static, and should be reviewed and modified before each administration.