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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R. Thornton, Measuring and Improving Student Mathematical Skills for Modeling, presented at the GIREP Conference 2006: Modeling in Physics and Physics Education, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2006.
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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 vectors. It has been administered at multiple institutions and results are published in one paper. 


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Typical Results

Typical scores from the VET have not been published.

The latest version of the VET, released in 1998, is version 8. The VET was originally published as the MMCE-II.