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About the exams

The exams in this class are where you will do most of the learning. They can take far more than a weekend to write, so you will want to plan ahead.

How the exams will work

There are three sections to each exam.

The links above provide access to a long list of items for each exam from which the actual exam is guaranteed to be taken. You should begin your studying using this superset.

Tips for how to approach the exams.

How we grade the short essay portion

I couldn't do take home essay exams in a large class students if I didn't get some help in grading. Graders for this class are usually junior and senior psychology students, and are selected from among the best students in the major. These folks sometimes know more about a particular theorist than I do. Thus the student assistants for this class are among the "best and brightest" of the major.

When all the exams are turned in, we divide the papers up among the graders.

We then, as a group, take about 2 hours to make our outline of what we think a good answer is for each question. First we sit down together and read about 3 papers each. This, plus our conversations with folks in the class, gives us a good idea of what people in the class think a good answer is. We then modify the proposed grading scheme accordingly. We then grade together about 3 exams. This helps us to see places where we are disagreeing on the point values for particular items in the grading rubric.

Finally, we each go grade our exams. Usually we each read all our exams once, making comments as we go and assigning points. We then skim each exam counting up the points. This re-reading is designed to help us stay consistent in our grading over the many papers we look at. If a student grader has any questions about a particular paper we resolve those at a final meeting. When we are finished with the grading, we then make a plot of each grader's grades, again to check for inconsistencies in grading between graders. Finally, we put the marked exams in students' boxes and make public any changeswe made in the grading scheme.

Now comes your turn to grade your own paper. Take the grading scheme and grade your paper, looking for where you would assign points. If you think we missed something, please let me know, I will be glad to look at your paper again (but I do reserve the right to move your grade either up or down, depending on what we find). Sometimes your brilliant essay won't match what we were looking for in the grading outline. If you are convinced your essay was a good answer, I'll be happy to talk with you about it. This is what is good about essay exams. We can regrade your exam based on the criteria you and I agree are important.

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