When you’re creating online tests, you want to keep your audience engaged and avoid the risk of them getting bored or distracted to give them the best possible chance of success. The popularity of your tests will be proven when users come back time and time to see what’s new on offer and actively seek out your content to further their skills and knowledge. Here are five tips for making your tests stand out from the crowd.
Use positive language
Users want to feel like they have a good chance of passing your test, or teachers looking for resources want to use something that will encourage their students to strive for the best. Positive language will create confidence that no matter the outcome they can achieve something from taking part.
Visual stimulation will make the brain work in a different way to reading text. Use images where suitable to make the user adapt quickly to different mediums and challenge their brain power. Images can also be used to help with questions where the answer may be subjective depending on how much attention to details is required.
Set a clear goal
A plainly set out introduction to your test explaining the reasoning behind it and what it is aimed at achieving will help the user to focus on the task ahead. Knowing the thinking behind what they’re doing could also to help to formulate how they approach the task. Outline what the basic skills are that are being tested, the time it should take to complete and an indication of where the pass mark might be.
Avoid true or false questions
True or false questions might not necessarily test ability and if you give people the 50/50 option they may just take the chance instead of thinking about their answer properly. One or two true or false questions might be ok to include but a whole test in that format is going to be a little bit dull for your users.
Vary the type of questions
As mentioned in the above tip, true or false aren’t always the most stimulating of test questions. Try and have a variety of requirements of the user. For example, multiple choice, ordering tasks, labelling etc. This will keep the student on their toes throughout as they won’t know what’s coming next.
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