Before I share the links to test-creating sites here, I should also point out that there are also several excellent sites that let you create online learning games. These can also function as effective ways to assess understanding — by either having teachers or students create them (I have a strong preference towards the latter both in making games and tests). You can check-out The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games to learn my picks for that category.
I’m not listing these test-creation sites in any order of preference. They each offer very distinct features that could work in different situations. By the way, they’re all free.
So here are my picks for The Best Ways To Create Online Tests:
Here are two sites that are connected — SMILE and CLEAR. They’re both from Michigan State University, and allow teachers (and students) to easily create clozes, drag-and-drop exercises, and sequencing activities. They also allow you to use audio and video with the activities, and will host them as well. This is an excellent site for making a variety of ESL/EFL-related assessments.
Classmarker is a good to go to just create basic online tests. It’s simple, efficient and effective.
Just in case you want to make a number of different tests to just print out on paper — without the ability for students to take the test online — Easy Testmaker is the place to go.
Thanks to a suggestion from Wayne Basinger, I’m adding Quiz Egg to this list.. As Wayne, who uses it with his students, wrote, ” It allows the students to take online quizzes and then puts their scores in an Excel Spreadsheet. Easy to grade and record.” I checked it out — it’s free, looks easy to use, and allows you to add images that you grab off the web.
Testmoz is an app that lets you create an online, self-correcting quiz without having to register.
FunnelBrain is primarily know as a site where you can create flashcards. It does an okay job at it, but I don’t think it warrants being on The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards list. However, they just added a tool that allows you to create online tests. It’s not flashy, and doesn’t have as many features as some other sites on this list, but it’s ease of use made me decide to add it to this post.
educaplay looks like a great free (as far as I can tell, at least) tool where you can easily create a ton of different kinds of educational interactives that you can link to or embed in your site. These include:
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For at least some of the them, including dictation, it provides the ability to record audio.
gnowledge is a new site that lets teachers create tests, and tracks students taking them.
Quizpoo lets you create, without requiring registration, “this or that” quizzes. I had never actually heard of that “genre” of tests before, but you can see plenty of examples on their site. I could see students having a lot of fun making these kinds of tests. For example, as we study Latin America in my ELL Geography class, they could make one on “Mexico or Brazil” with the first “question” being “Brasilia” and the answer choices being “Mexico” or “Brazil.” The following “questions” could include “Pele” and “Baja California.” Students in my English class could make grammar ones like “Plural or Singular,” etc.
Image Quiz lets you easily grab images off the web (or upload your own) and create quizzes with them. No registration is required to create or take them, and there are quite a few already there.
Thanks to Lisa Johnson, I recently learned about Quizdini. It’s a simple and free tool for creating multiple-choice or “drag-and-drop” quizzes. There is no way right now to monitor student results, but they are working developing such a system.
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