test prep W17

The test is open book.  You can expect the following types of questions.

Sentence and graph correction

You are given a statement that is incorrect and asked to correct it in two different ways or you are given a graph and a sentence that do not make and asked to correct the sentence to match the original graph and the graph to match the original sentence.

Example:

An example of a negative economic incentive is paying students for good test results.

Corrections:

An example of a positive economic incentive is paying students for good test results.

An example of a negative economic incentive is fining students for being late to class.

Never true, sometimes true, always true

You are given a statement and asked to determine whether the statement is always true, sometimes true or never true.  You are asked to explain your choice.

Long Answer questions

You are an economics student at Econoville CI.  The school has a new principal, Mr. Adam Smith.   Mr Smith wants to apply economic theories to problems at the school.  He has approached your economics class to answer questions and provide advice.  Prove your economics expertise by identifying and explaining economic concepts and providing advice regarding one of the problems.

 

Explanation & Advice

The business department is having trouble with their grade 10 business studies course.  The course currently has three different teachers.

  • Overachiever likes to plan elaborate activities and complex lessons. Because planning the lessons takes so long, he is often behind in his marking. He also tends to use old, poorly constructed tests as he doesn’t have time to update/fix the tests.
  • Montone has a class website, calendar system and is known for being very organized.  Unfortunately, she is also known for being very boring and she often finds her students falling asleep in class.  Her students don’t do well on her clear, well-designed tests because they weren’t awake to learn the material.
  • Overworked is very popular with her students and they enjoy coming to her class and completing her interesting assignments. She is very involved in the school, coaching sports, directing the school play and chairing several school committees.   She is often at the school late in the evening and works at home most weekends to keep up with her marking.

Use economic concepts to explain the problems the teachers are facing. What actions could make the teachers, and their students, better off?

 

Advice (pick 1)

 

Econoville CI has a small population of students who skip excessively and are chronically late.  These behaviours are negatively affecting the students’ achievement.  Mr. Smith is considering a new program to pay these students when they earn A’s.  Is this a good idea? What are the possible unintended consequences? What other options are available to the principal? Be sure to use economic concepts and terminology in your answer.

 

OR

 

The school library is constantly busy at lunch with club meetings, students needing a quiet place to study and students using the computers to complete school work or play games.  Currently space in the library is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The teacher librarians complain that the space is too loud and too busy.  They have asked Mr. Smith to develop a better system for allocating space in the library at lunch that is equitable, efficient and fair.  What do you advise the school to do?  (Be sure to consider the tradeoffs involved).

 

 

Explanation

Criteria Insufficient Evidence Limited Evidence Some Evidence Considerable Evidence High Degree of Evidence
1) Does the answer demonstrate an understanding of the underlying economic concepts? (KU) 0 1 2 3 4
2) Does the answer use appropriate models, graphs and examples to support arguments? (AP) 0 1 2 3 4
4) Does the answer come to a clear, easy to understand conclusion, supported by reasoned arguments? (CM) 0 1 2 3 4

 

Advice

Criteria Insufficient Evidence Limited Evidence Some Evidence Considerable Evidence High Degree of Evidence
1) Does the answer demonstrate an understanding of the underlying economic concepts? (KU) 0 1 2 3 4
3) Is the answer well-reasoned? Does it consider multiple perspectives and all available evidence? (TI) 0 1 2 3 4
4) Does the answer come to a clear, easy to understand conclusion, supported by reasoned arguments? (CM) 0 1 2 3 4