CPLP Journey – Taking the PreTest
If you missed my previous post about starting my CPLP journey, you can go back and see it here.
This post is about step 2 in the process: Taking the pre-test. For those of you not up on basic instructional design, the pre-test/post-test is a classic Level 2 measurement on Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation model. (Yes, this content is on the test!) It is a way of determining what the members of the class know about the topic before it is taught. It provides a great way to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning intervention with regard to knowledge transfer.
So what does that mean? I think it means that you’re supposed to do badly on the pre-test. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
Are you ready for my score? After 19 years in the field of Workplace Learning including a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development…..I got a 70%. Really. 10 points below minimum passing level. Pretty bad, huh?
I could definitely make some excuses here.
Excuse #1 – Testing Environment:
I did not take the test in the most optimal testing environment. My kids were watching a movie. My daughter interrupted me no less than 6 times during the test with questions. My kids had 2 arguments. My dog stood below my chair and did his “I’m Starving to Death” moan/growl. Yes, I could definitely use the excuse of a very distracting testing environment.
Excuse #2 – The Test Itself:
Can I blame the pre-test? It’s in a multiple choice format, which is my least favorite test format. I always do poorly on multiple choice tests. Luckily the graduate program I chose had mostly essay, group papers, presentations, or work projects for grades. Whenever I have to take multiple choice tests I find that I have to study four times as much. (Hmmmm. I guess this means that I’ll have to study 4 times as much!) Also, a lot of the test was about naming steps in a model. Not one of my strong suits.
Excuse #3 – My Education:
Perhaps my low score is the fault of my education. I received my graduate degree from an internationally recognized HRD program. However, things have changed since the 90’s. There were models on the test that I could not recall ever reading about. Maybe they are models that are more recently adopted. Also, there were Areas of Expertise on the test that I simply did not focus on in graduate school. Maybe this means that I’ve let my education get out of date…. Hmmmmm. I don’t think I can blame my education – it was very thorough.
Excuse #4 – My Age
Even though I received a low score on the test, I do remember my psychology of the adult learner. As we grow older (which I am), recall becomes more difficult for us. In addition, we have begun to lose the test taking skills that we learned in school. These and a few other factors tend to make tests like these more difficult as we age. Does this mean I can blame my age and the length of time since I’ve been to school for the low score on the test?
After thinking through all of the possible excuses for my bad score, I’ve come to a conclusion. The pre-test is an excellent exercise. Taking the test let me see that I have a lot of studying to do. It also gave me a good idea on how the test questions will be written, and I think that will affect the way I study. I’m glad I took it and I’m even glad that I didn’t come close to passing. Now I’ll study that much harder.
If you are going to take the CPLP and you haven’t taken a pre-test – Do It! It will really help guide you on your complete study strategy.