Tact Test: How good are you at delivering feedback?
by Staff
There's nothing worse than talking to a proverbial brick wall. If you're a teacher or professor who grades student or employee performance, take our quiz to gauge your effectiveness. You may just get schooled.

Test feedback strategies are commonly involve in the following:

  • good, bad and ugly
  • timing, delivery and tact
  • timing, amount, mode and audience

What does the term "timing" have to do with test results?

  • It refers to the timing of when teachers give feedback to a test the students take.
  • Teachers are timed as they pass out test results and must complete the task in less than a minute.
  • It describes the length of time students have to complete a test.

What is the optimal timeframe for returning a written test?

  • six days
  • 24 hours
  • two weeks

What is a good example of the educational psychology term "knowledge of results?"

  • After handing back graded tests, a teacher spends time with students going over the answers.
  • After handing back graded tests, a teacher moves on to the next topic.
  • Students are asked to retake the test if it was not 100 percent correct.

What is the optimal amount of feedback to provide after a test?

  • You should focus on specific items or topics.
  • Fix everything. One hundred percent is the goal.
  • Ignore the test results and move on to the next related topic. It's now in the past.

How many corrections should you write on paper tests?

  • You should point out every single error, no matter how small.
  • Just give an overall comment without being specific on each item.
  • You should give feedback only on key learning targets.

You've administered a written test; what is the best way to offer feedback?

  • Demonstrate how to mark the correct answers.
  • Provide written feedback so students can look over the comments.
  • Use oral feedback, because obviously these students don't read well.

If you'd like to add value to your written test feedback, do this:

  • Use a brightly colored marker, preferably red, to make your comments.
  • Write a comprehensive list of all the things the student got wrong on his or her test.
  • Limit your comments and, if you need to say more, follow up with a personal conversation.

Why is it important to tailor test feedback to the audience?

  • It's OK to use a generalized approach.
  • It connects the tested topics with review or additional information.
  • It's guaranteed to raise overall test scores the rest of the year.

What is one way to make feedback more powerful?

  • You should correct misconceptions instead of pointing out lack of information.
  • You should assign additional materials to study over the weekend.
  • You should quiz the student in front of his or her peers.

Is saying "smart girl/boy" a good way to provide feedback?

  • yes
  • no
  • only if it's true

What's an example of ineffective test feedback?

  • offering concrete ideas to improve
  • encouraging, encouraging, encouraging
  • criticizing without offering ideas to improve

Regardless of test score, one way to offer encouraging feedback to a student is to:

  • comment on the work process or study strategy
  • admit the test was difficult
  • agree the test was easy

When reviewing test results, what should you ask students to do?

  • make an appointment with tutors
  • identify why the correct answer is correct
  • get out their red pens

What's the best way to use comparison during test feedback?

  • You compare a student's work with other students' using a wall chart to illustrate.
  • You use different criteria for each student as you determine which feedback to give.
  • You compare the group's work to previous groups or to a benchmark.

What is one way to keep your test feedback positive?

  • Offer constructive improvements.
  • Describe where the student went wrong.
  • Ask the student where he thinks he went wrong.

How can you gauge whether your test feedback is working over time?

  • The principal stops by your classroom less often. Yay!
  • The students balk at taking tests.
  • The students are motivated to learn.

What is one new way of offering test feedback?

  • podcasts
  • voicemails
  • pen and ink

What is one way technology is changing test feedback?

  • Tests are easier to score.
  • Screenshots are sent by e-mail.
  • Test feedback now results in dry-eye syndrome.

This method of feedback was inspired by game show audiences:

  • electronic voting systems
  • spinning wheels
  • start all feedback sentences with "What is"