Re: Tech Writer's test

Subject: Re: Tech Writer's test
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- LGC -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 09:32:02 -0600

If a "teacher" pulled any of this junk on me, I'd head straight for the
dean's office. Was this supposed to be a joke? It certainly doesn't look
like a legitimate academic exercise to me.

Stephen P. Victor svictor -at- lgc -dot- com
Landmark Graphics Corporation svictor -at- compassnet -dot- com
15150 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079 USA De gustibus non disputandum est

David Blyth wrote:

> Hi All;

> There's a chance that I may be asked to teach a Tech Writing class on
> the JC level sometime in the next few months. In the true spirit of
> Tech Writing, I'm trying to write a test (heh, heh, heh).

> Here are some of the ideas I had. Any others?

> 1) Number the questions ramdomly (or use "A,X D" for some, and
> "i, iv, CCXX" for others). Ask the student to figure out how
> many questions there are and to come up with a consistent
> pattern.

> 2) Ask the student to "find the four Tech Writing errors in this
> test". Make damn sure to include only two - one of them being
> that the word "four" should be "two".

> 3) Switch tests 2/3 of the way through the test period. Grade both.

> 4) Write at least one test question in a foreign language (or with
> very awful English).

> 5) Ask students "what color is the other side of this piece of paper?"
> Give points to any student who actually flips the paper over to
> look (even if all the test papers are white on both sides).

> 6) Leave one test question only partially written - then require
> the students to research what the test question _should_ be.
> (provide a means to do this).

> 7) Write one test question in HTML and require that the response
> is in Eroff.

> 8) Require students to carefully document how to make a photo copy
> on your machine. Jam the machine before the test.

> OK. I'm fresh out of ideas here - but maybe someone else has some more....

> Thanks!

> David (The Man) Blyth
> Technical Writer

> Standard disclaimers apply.

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