Increase Biochemistry-2 Testing Time by a Minimum of 10 minutes at FAU

Increase Biochemistry-2 Testing Time by a Minimum of 10 minutes at FAU

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Adam Leon started this petition to FAU Department of Chemistry and

Our exams consist of 38 questions with several short response answers and a time constraint of 40 minutes. While it is not impossible to achieve a good grade or to complete the test in its entirety, this time limit is not inclusive of disadvantages some students have. Examples of disadvantages may be mental illness, sickness at time of the test, or physical disability. The assumption that each question can be answered in less than a minute does not take into consideration the time it takes to read a question and interpret the language and meaning with which it was written in especially if it is ambiguous or non-specific. It also does not account for time answering the short response questions. This class is most students' final class before going on to become chemists and those in the field know the questions we answered on a test will be inconsequential to the work we do in the laboratory setting. Grades have a substantial impact on students and their learning as they influence students’ sense of achievement, their motivation and level of engagement in future courses. Please consider increasing the time limit by a minimum of 10 minutes. Thank you

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