MAWA-Maths-WACE-Exams

MAWA-Maths-WACE-Exams - Developing the WACE Mathematics...

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Developing the WACE Mathematics Exams Michelle Östberg
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The Starting Point CC prepared sample questions from past TEE papers for each unit pair grouped into Section1 and 2 MRG provided feedback on unsuitable items for Section 1 (calculator free) Subcommittee met to structure details about why items were unacceptable in order to develop the exam design brief
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Questions rejected Numerical/algebraic work unnecessarily cumbersome, ie prevented assessment of the intended concept Artificial questions that are not truly assessing the concept, e.g. chance and data questions that really only test the manipulation of formulas
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Section 1 The criterion that motivated the decision to have a calculator-free section was to test procedures that could be carried out on a calculator but that students should be able to do without a calculator
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Section 1 Numbers to be ‘nice’, and complex questions for which the cognitive load would be excessive are to be avoided Questions can test procedures only or be applications
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Section 2 All questions for which the use of a calculator is expected
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Calculator neutral questions Calculator-neutral questions can be included in either section
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Design Brief MAT/MAS Time allowed Reading time for Section One: five minutes Working time for Section One: 50 minutes Changeover period — no student work: approximately 15 minutes Reading time for Section Two: 10 minutes Working time for Section Two: 100 minutes
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Design Brief MAT/MAS Permissible items Section One: highlighter, eraser, ruler Section Two: highlighter, eraser, ruler Special materials: drawing instruments, templates, notes on up to two unfolded sheets of A4 paper, up to two approved CAS calculators, and one other non-CAS calculator (graphics or scientific) 2010 & 2011 only
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Design Brief MAT/MAS Additional information Section One and Section Two are printed separately with a different coloured front cover.
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 112 taught by Professor Jarvis during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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