A test indicator shows the test scores for each student who completed the written test.
(CBC) The test indicator, also known as the essay, shows the student’s score and the amount of time it took to complete the test.
“There’s really no downside,” said Dr. John Sperling, a Toronto-based clinical psychologist who teaches writing and English at the University of Toronto.
“The problem is when you’re studying for an exam, it’s hard to get a feel for how you’re doing.”
Sperlings test is administered by the Ontario College of Teachers.
It measures students’ written skills by asking them to answer a series of questions on topics ranging from English to science.
“If you’re struggling with any of those, I’d say, ‘Hey, look, there’s something you’re missing,’ ” he said.
“And if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, you’re probably getting yourself stuck.”
Sixty-four per cent of students who take the English writing exam pass the exam, but only 23 per cent pass the math test.
The test indicators, which are available on the test website, can give a general sense of student performance and provide a guide for how the test is being administered.
“When you have a good indication of the student score, I think that can be very helpful,” Spering said.
Sperling also has an online quiz that is also available that uses the test indicators to track students’ progress.
It has been used in schools and colleges across Canada.
The new tests will be the first to be standardized in Canada since the province launched a standardized test in 2005.