Subjective tests are tests where students are asked to give an argument about a prompt and support it with evidence. These tests are often looking for explanation, application, synthesis, and demonstration of ideas. Because these are testing basic skills, they are often a core component to 300- and 400-level courses.
Subjective tests often use the following question types:
Sometimes students see subjective testing as providing an opinion about a topic, and they may not properly prepare for the in-depth analysis that these questions require. Subjective testing requires students to have a depth of knowledge about the material and work with that material in "real time."
Here are our Keys to Success for taking subjective tests: