How do I see which questions on a test most students got wrong?
As long as it is not a random block test, there is an item in the column menu called Item Analysis. That gives you a percentage of which responses got selected for each question. The list is not provided for random block so what you have to do is download the results, and then manipulate them in a spreadsheet. Not nearly as nice, of course.
If Robin wants only that information, I might recommend Attempts Statistics as a slightly easier way to get it than Item Analysis.
I agree with David. The Attempt Statistics is the easiest way to see which questions students struggled with. You access Attempt Statistics from the Grade Center. Click the drop down arrow to the right of the column name for the test. Attempt Statistics is in the drop down menu.
The Attempt Statistics page will give you an average score for all of the students as well as a table for each multiple choice question to tell you how many students chose each answer.
That said, the Item Analysis is really useful if you want more details. You can run Item Analysis from the Grade Center column, from the drop down menu for the deployed test, or from the Test, Pools, and Surveys area in Course Tools. Item Analysis shows you which question were most difficult for students, as well as a discrimination index for each question, in addition to an overall validity score.
An effective practice is to give all the questions to all the students (you can randomize) for a semester or two to weed out the dud questions with the analytics tools, then create pools going forward.
That's a great technique, Corrie.
I have also recommended building pools over time, by writing new variations each semester (such as substituting new cases or values, if calculated formula isn't appropriate), to decrease the workload at the start.
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