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This article on the T.E.S.T.S. (Taking Every Student To Success) strategy promotes using a variety of assessment strategies in order to alleviate the stress students experience during exams, enabling those who are not good test takers to achieve a higher degree of success. If the primary purpose of giving a test is to determine whether or not a student has mastered the material, alternative methods of assessment can accomplish the same goal. In addition, alternative assessment can more easily be designed to determine whether the student truly knows the material or has just memorized it for the test. Several methods of alternative assessment are proposed in this article, including group testing, jeopardy tests, crossword puzzles, and scavenger hunt tests. Procedures for implementation are provided, as well as instructions on how use each type of alternative exam. Strategies for grading essay tests also are discussed, with instructions on procedure and how to grade. The article concludes with a list of reasons for using non-traditional exams, including factors such as less test-anxiety, more stimulating learning, tapping creativity, having fun, and making the learning experience easier for both students and instructor. (AS)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Assessment, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Innovation, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Test Anxiety, Test Construction, Test Content

Autor: McDaniel, Lindy C.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9001&id=ED422988

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