Producing hybrid tests, with both an out-of-class component to be completed by test day and a more traditional test-period component, can serve several purposes. To complete the out-of-class component, students must engage the subject that they are to study/review, which incidentally may help them be prepared for the in-class portion of the test. The out-of-class, open-book component can also call for more thoughtful, time-consuming applications that develop skills and understandings that class-period-length tests cannot provide.
Out-of-class test components might include:
a. Extended reading/application problem for math
b. “Narrating” or summarizing a topic in science, history, health
c. Essay questions that explore a theme based on something studied in literature, history, science, or Bible.
Students would be expected to do the hard thinking involved in completing the pre-test-period open book component and have it in hand at the beginning of test period. The test period would “wrap things up” by testing understanding in the more traditional ways to complement the testing.