College vs. High School: Tests

Tests in High School

  • Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of material.
  • Makeup tests are often available.
  • Teachers offer review sessions pointing out the most important concepts.
  • Mastery is usually seen as the ability to reproduce what students were taught in the form it was presented or to solve the kinds of problems they were shown how to solve.

Tests in College

  • Testing is usually infrequent and often cumulative, covering large amounts of material. A course may have only 2 or 3 exams all semester.
  • Makeup tests are seldom an option. If makeup tests are allowed, students must request the test and make arrangements in advance.
  • Professors rarely offer review sessions and, if they do, they expect students to be an active participant who arrives prepared.
  • Mastery is often seen as the ability to apply what students have learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems.