Electromagnetics Concept Inventory (EMCI)

Developed by Branislav Notaros

Purpose To assess students’ understanding of electromagnetics concepts in junior-level courses in electrical engineering departments.
Format Multiple-choice
Focus Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (Electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic waves)
Level Upper-level

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Research-based Validation
This is the lowest level of research validation, corresponding to at least one 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

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The most recent version of the EMCI, released in 2001, is version 1. The EMCI is made up of three assessments: the EMCI-Waves, which has 23 questions, the EMCI-Fields, which has 23 questions, and the EMCI-Fields and Waves, which has 25 questions.