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Physics Regents Exam Question Classification Joel Harden July 15 2010 Design Considerations Several factors were taken into account while designing the database The first step was to define the data that needed to be stored in the database Data includes the Regents exam date exam part e g A B 1 etc question number question type multiple choice or short answer question with any images point value scoring guide and keywords The next step was to select a database that met a series of requirements namely can store the data required as defined above can store images within questions and scoring guide was searchable by the data fields was free and freely available could be easily distributed to end users was easy to use for end users Several database options were reviewed including Microsoft Access custom internet based databases and ExamView Pro and existing test generation software solution While there were multiple options that would meet the design requirements ExamView Pro was selected based on its ubiquitous use high level of access and familiarity among teachers easy setup no maintenance requirements easy distribution ability to search based on any data field ability to store high quality images and other built in functionality i e it was designed to generate quizzes and tests While not free ExamView Pro is often included with teacher versions of many popular text books Design Setup ExamView Pro allows end users to generate assessments based on previously stored questions Questions are stored in files called test banks Multiple test banks can be searched to generate a single assessment Each test bank can hold as many as 250 questions For this design each Regents exam was placed into its own test bank file Currently four Regents exams have been entered into test bank files January 2008 thru June 2009 Each question from each of the Regents exams was reviewed and categorized within ExamView Pro based on the table below Since not all of the data fields desired were



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