An assessment I'm looking at contains a few questions along the lines of:
Arrange the following in the correct sequence:
__: The third in sequence
__: The second in sequence
__: The fourth in sequence
__: The first in sequence
__: The fifth in sequence
What is the standard method for grading such a question?
The correct sequence of numbers to be written into the
__ spaces would be 3, 2, 4, 1, 5. However, if a student misses, say, the correct starting point, but has the remainder of the sequence correct relative to each other (eg: 2, 1, 3, 5, 4), does one generally consider the entire sequence incorrect, or is partial credit of some sort more appropriate? If the latter, are there any ways to easily automate the evaluation process?
One option that comes to mind is to create a list of possible options and convert the question itself to a multiple-choice question.
- A. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- B. 5, 1, 3, 4, 2
- C. 3, 2, 4, 1, 5
- D. 2, 1, 3, 5, 4
However, (a) I feel that it then becomes a bit more confusing to answer, and (b) I'm not sure if it is really assessing the same skill at that point.