Math faculty have developed a MAT091 complete common final exam to be required to be given by adjuncts and as an option for full time faculty. Since the first implementation, the questions have been reviewed and changes have been made as necessary. One of the purposes of the common final is to give instructors guidance on the competencies that are most important. Another purpose is to identify where students are doing well and also not so well so that we as instructors can adjust our teaching. Each instructor receives their individual reports as well so they can compare their data from semester to semester.
This final exam consists of 41 questions with the first one being matching and then #2-32 being multiple choice with 4-10 choices, including the choice of “other”. There is one exception, which has the choices of “yes” and “no” only. The rest of them are free response.
The department chair sends out a reminder and instructions to instructors before final exam week.