Vector Evaluation Test (VET)

Developed by Ron Thornton

Purpose To measure students’ conceptual understanding of vectors.
Format Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response, Short answer
Duration 30 min
Focus Mathematics Content knowledge (vector addition and subtraction, component analysis, comparing magnitudes)
Level Intro college, High school
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Sample questions from the VET:

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RESEARCH VALIDATION
Bronze Validation
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to at least 3 of the validation categories below.

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • Student thinking

Studied Using:

  • Student interviews
  • Expert review
  • Appropriate statistical analysis

Research Conducted:

  • At multiple institutions
  • By multiple research groups
  • Peer-reviewed publication

The questions on the VET are based on research into student thinking about quadratic and linear equations. It has been administered at multiple institutions and results are published in one paper. 

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Typical Results

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The latest version of the VET, released in 1998, is version 8.