Monday July 30, AM Workshops

W62: Complexity Analysis of Organic Chemistry Exam Items

Kristen Murphy, ACS Exams Institute
Thomas Holme, ACS Exams Institute

The ACS Exams Institute has been working on a method to add criterion referencing to our exams.  We have developed a content map feature that we will use to accomplish this.  The next step in the process is called “alignment”, in which panels of experts look at items from exams and align them with the content map.  Concurrent to this, we have developed a rubric for assigning a complexity rating to general chemistry exam items and have developed a similar rubric for organic chemistry exam items.  At this workshop, we will discuss and use a rubric for assigning a complexity rating to organic chemistry exam items.  We will also discuss how students solve organic chemistry exam items and how incremental increases in complexity can affect their performance; two 3-hour sessions with different content – attend one or the other or both.

Intended Audience: UG

No fee; limit of 20 participants

Monday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 260 Willard
Monday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 260 Willard


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