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Force Concept Inventory (FCI)

Mechanics Content knowledge (forces, kinematics)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: David Hestenes, Malcolm Wells, Gregg Swackhamer, Ibrahim Halloun, Richard Hake, and Eugene Mosca; Translations: ar,cs,de,el,en,es,fi,fr,hr,it,ja,nl,pt,ru,sv,zh,fa,fil,hu,id,ms,no,pl,sk,tr,th,is,he,hi,ca,Arabic,Czech,German,Greek,English,Spanish,Finnish,French,Croatian,Italian,Japanese,Dutch,Portuguese,Russian,Swedish,Chinese,Persian,Filipino,Hungarian,Indonesian,Malay,Norwegian,Polish,Slovak,Turkish,Thai,Icelandic,Hebrew,Hindi,Catalan; Translators: Hisham A. Alhadlaq,J. Burešová, D. Mandíková, Odborná revize překladu: L. Dvořák, V. Žák, E. Hejnová, J. Králík,Christian Kautz based on a translation of the first version by H. Schecker and J. Gerdes,Constantine Naoum,,Enrique Macia-Barber, Maria Victoria Hernandez, and Jose Menendez,Ismo Koponen and Johanna Jauhiainen,Nathaniel Lasry (Canada); Bernard Blandin, Research Director, CESI (France),Maja Planinic, Lana Ivanjek, and Ana Susac,Leonardo Colletti,Ishimoto, Uematsu, Tsukamoto, Nitta and Lang,Eddy Carette,Inês Leitão and Luis Breda (Portugal); Debora Cantergi (Brazil),Igor Proleiko, modified by Jozef Hanc,Jonte Bernhard ( to access, contact jonbe@itn.liu.se ),Guo Chenyue (China - simplified); Hsing-Kuo (Taiwan - traditional),Masoumeh Ghasemi,Danilo A. Tadeo Jr,Gergely Nádori,Syuhendri,Jaafar Jantan, Ph.D.,Dr. Carl Angell & colleagues at English School Laboratory at University of Oslo,Andrzej (Andrew) Lewicki, Ph.D.,Josef Hanč, J. Tóth,Öğretme, Çiçek, Duran, Günneç, Köksal, Türkay,Pornrat Wattanakasiwich,Ragnheiður Guðmundsdóttir,Kobi Shvarzbord,Himanshu K. Pandey and Vijay A. Singh,Carme Parellada and Joan Garin

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
30 min

Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation (FMCE)

Mechanics Content knowledge (kinematics, forces, energy, graphing)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Ron Thornton and David Sokoloff; Translations: en,es,ja,English,Spanish,Japanese; Translators: ,Olivier Espinosa and Hugo Alarcon,Michi Ishimoto

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
35 min

Test of Understanding Graphs in Kinematics (TUG-K)

Mechanics Content knowledge (kinematics, graphing)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Bob Beichner, Genaro Zavala, Santa Tejeda, and Pablo Barniol; Translations: en,de,es,fr,pt,fi,ar,he,sv,el,English,German,Spanish,French,Portuguese,Finnish,Arabic,Hebrew,Swedish,Greek; Translators: ,Holger Durst,Genaro Zavala and Juan Velarde,Robert Lacroix, Séminaire Salésien, Sherbrooke, (Qc), Canada,Mariana de Almeida Jotta Barros, Vitor Luiz Bastos de Jesus, and Daniel Gulherme Gomes Sasaki,Antti Savinainen and Kauko Kauhanen, Kuopion Lyseon lukio,Taha Massalha,Taha Massalha,Simon Moberg,Konstantinos Tsigaridis

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
45 min

Mechanics Baseline Test (MBT)

Mechanics Content knowledge (kinematics, forces, momentum, energy)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Multiple-choice

Developers: David Hestenes and Malcom Wells; Translations: en,es,ja,pt,tr,de,fa,fi,fr,it,ms,English,Spanish,Japanese,Portuguese,Turkish,German,Persian,Finnish,French,Italian,Malay; Translators: ,Julio C. Benegas,Yamato Hasegawa and Jun-ichiro Yasduda,Inês Leitão and Luis Breda (Portugal),Salih Ates,Joern Gerdes,Masoumeh Ghasemi,Ismo Koponen and Johanna Jauhiainen,Bernard Blandin, Research Director, CESI (France),Leonardo Colletti, Liceo Carducci,Jaafar Jantan, Ph.D.

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
45 min

Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (circuits, electrostatics, magnetic fields and forces)

Levels: Upper-level, Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood; Translations: en,es,pt,sv,zh,ja,English,Spanish,Portuguese,Swedish,Chinese,Japanese; Translators: ,Genaro Zavala, Julio Benegas, Olivier Espinosa, and Hugo Alarcon,Ronai Lisboa and José Brás Barreto de Oliveira,David Nordman,Mi Su,Sachiko Tosa

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
45 min

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test (DIRECT)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (DC circuits)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Paula Engelhardt and Robert Beichner; Translations: en,el,es,fi,English,Greek,Spanish,Finnish; Translators: ,Achilleas Kapartzianis,Luis Pérez, José N. Caraballo, Wilfredo Otaño y Raúl Portuondo ,Antti-Ville Hurskainen and Pekka E. Hirvonen

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
30 min

Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (electrostatics, magnetic fields and forces, Faraday's law)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: David Maloney, Alan van Heuvelen, Curtis Hieggelke, and Thomas O'Kuma; Translations: en,es,ms,sv,English,Spanish,Malay,Swedish; Translators: ,Genaro Zavala, Pablo Barniol, and Esmeralda Campos,Mohd Ariff Ab Ghani & Shahrul kadri Ayop,David Nordman

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Mechanical Wave Conceptual Survey (MWCS)

Waves / Optics Content knowledge (mechanical waves, wave propagation, wave superposition, wave reflection, standing waves)

Levels: Intermediate, Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Apisit Tongchai, Manjula D. Sharma, Ian D. Johnston, Kwan Arayathanitkul, and Chernchok Soankwan; Translations: en,th,es,English,Thai,Spanish; Translators: ,Apisit Tongchai, Kwan Arayathanitkul, and Chernchok Soankwan,Pablo Barniol, Genaro Zavala, Enrique Arribas, and Tere Franco

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Test of Understanding of Vectors (TUV)

Mathematics Content knowledge (magnitude, direction, components, unit vector, addition, subtraction, multiplication, dot and cross product)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Pablo Barniol and Genaro Zavala; Translations: es,en,ar,Spanish,English,Arabic; Translators: Pablo Barniol and Genaro Zavala ,Pablo Barniol and Genaro Zavala ,Hisham Bani-Salameh

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
35 min

Astronomy Diagnostic Test 2.0 (ADT2)

Astronomy Content knowledge (apparent motion of the sun, scale of the solar system, phases of the moon, linear distance scales, seasons, global warming, nature of light, gravity, stars, cosmology)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: The Collaboration for Astronomy Education Research (CAER); Translations: en,es,sv,English,Spanish,Swedish; Translators: ,,Frida Torrång

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
Pre: 35 mins; Post: 25 min

Scientific reasoning

Lawson Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning (CTSR)

Scientific reasoning (proportional thinking, probabilistic thinking, correlational thinking, hypothetico-deductive reasoning)

Levels: Intro college, High school, Middle school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Developers: Anton Lawson; Translations: en,ar,es,sr,English,Arabic,Spanish,Serbian; Translators: ,Al-Zaghal ,Genaro Zavala and PERIG (Physics Education Research and Innovation Group),Branka Radulović

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
30 min

Beliefs / Attitudes

Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (epistemological beliefs)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Agree/disagree

Developers: W. K. Adams, K. K. Perkins, N. S. Podolefsky, M. Dubson, N. D. Finkelstein, and C. E. Wieman; Translations: en,es,fi,ja,zh,ar,tr,de,pt,sv,English,Spanish,Finnish,Japanese,Chinese,Arabic,Turkish,German,Portuguese,Swedish; Translators: ,Genaro Zavala, Hugo Alarcon, and Angeles Domínguez,Mervi Asikainen,Michi Ishimoto and Hideo Nitta,Lin Ding and Ping Zhang,H. Alhadlaq, F. Alshaya, and S. Alabdulkareem,Derya Kaltakci,Christian Kautz, Hanno Holzhüter, and Felix Lehmann (This version is designed for an intro engineering class. Questions that don't make sense in a German engineering context have been removed.),Eduardo Gama and Marta F. Barroso, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,Johan Henriksson

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
8-10 min

Maryland Physics Expectations Survey (MPEX)

Beliefs / Attitudes (epistemological beliefs)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Agree/disagree

Developers: E. F. Redish, J. M. Saul, & R. N. Steinberg; Translations: en,es,English,Spanish; Translators: ,José Luis Santana Fajardo

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
20-30 min