Example Usage Test

An example usage test finds items that contain personal examples and turns those examples into test questions. This test is particularly effective because you're tested on lexical items in context without translating to your native language. Of course this requires that you have entered a number of personal examples into your lexicon, at least some of which have preferably been verified.

The way the test works is that it shows you one of your own personal examples with the lexical item text cut out. You are then responsible for filling in the correct answer. For this test to be most effective, most if not all of your personal examples should have context that makes it clear which lexical item is missing. Of course, personal context is sufficient if not preferred since this will associate an emotion or personal experience with the lexical item. Your ability to recall the item will be that much stronger if this is the case.

However, an example with proper context is not always required. With example usage tests you also have the option of using extended hints. Selecting extended hints during test generation means that a hint panel will be shown just below each test question. If you have a problem remembering an answer then you can request a hint. Clicking the Give Hint button will show a general hint the first time you use it and a more specific hint with each consecutive click. The first hint may be the lexical type while the next hint could tell you a synonym for the answer. The very last hint is always the lexical item translation.

A last important detail about example usage tests is that only lexical items that have personal examples that contain a recognizable form of the item text can be used. The fact that an item contains personal examples is not enough. The program must know which text to cut out in order to form the question. If you see that a portion of the personal example text is underlined while viewing or editing an item then you know that the item text is recognized within the example.