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Content knowledge

Force Concept Inventory (FCI)

Mechanics Content knowledge (forces, kinematics)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

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

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

Gold Star Validated
45 min

Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey (EMCS)

Mechanics Content knowledge (energy, momentum)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
50 min

Colorado Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Instrument (CCMI)

Mechanics Content knowledge (ordinary differential equations, Taylor series, potential energy, simple harmonic motion, Newton's laws)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate

Formats: Pre/post, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
Pre: 20 min; Post: 50 min

Energy Concept Assessment (ECA)

Mechanics Content knowledge (energy principle, forms of energy, work and heat, absorption/emission spectrum, specifying appropriate systems)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30-60 min

Rotational and Rolling Motion Conceptual Survey (RRMCS)

Mechanics Content knowledge (rotational kinetic energy, torque, rotational kinematics, moment of inertia)

Levels: Upper-level, Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Half-length FCI (HFCI)

Mechanics Content knowledge (forces, kinematics)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
15 min

Inventory of Basic Conceptions - Mechanics (IBCM)

Mechanics Content knowledge (forces, kinematics)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Rotational Kinematics Inventory (RKI)

Mechanics Content knowledge (Part 1: rotational kinematics of a particle, Part 2: rotational kinematics of a particle in rectilinear motion, Part 3: rotational kinematics of a rigid body about a fixed axis)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50-60 min

Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI)

Mechanics Content knowledge (kinematics, forces, graphing, multiple representations)

Levels: High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
30 min

Force, Velocity, and Acceleration Test (FVA)

Mechanics Content knowledge (forces, velocity, acceleration)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
20 min

Mechanics Baseline Test (MBT)

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

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
45 min

Density Survey (DS)

Mechanics Content knowledge (density)

Levels: Intro college, High school, Middle school

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
15 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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
45 min

Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics Diagnostic - Free Response (CUE-FR)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (electrostatics, magnetostatics, choosing a problem-solving method)

Levels: Upper-level

Formats: Pre/post, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
Pre: 20 min; Post: 50 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

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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics Diagnostic - Coupled Multiple Response (CUE-CMR)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (electrostatics, magnetostatics, choosing a problem-solving method)

Levels: Upper-level

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
Pre: 20 min; Post: 50 min

Rate and Potential Test (RAPT)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (electric potential, rate of change)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Magnetism Conceptual Survey (MCS)

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

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Inventory of Basic Conceptions - DC Circuits (IBCDC)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (DC circuits)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Symmetry and Gauss's Law Conceptual Evaluation (SGCE)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (symmetry, electric field, electric flux)

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
50 min

Colorado UppeR-division ElectrodyNamics Test (CURrENT)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (vector calculus, complex exponentials, time-dependent Maxwell equations, Ohm's law, conservation of charge and energy, electromagnetic plane wave, transmission & reflection)

Levels: Upper-level

Formats: Pre/post, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
Pre: 15 min, Post: 50 min

Diagnostic Exam for Introductory, Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism (DEEM)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (electric fields and force, magnetic fields and forces, electrostatic potential, Maxwell's equations, induced currents)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
50 min

Electric Circuits Conceptual Evaluation (ECCE)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (DC and AC circuits)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
60 min

Electricity and Magnetism Conceptual Assessment (EMCA)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (electrostatics, electric fields and force, circuits, magnetism, induction)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
45 min

Electromagnetics Concept Inventory (EMCI)

Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (Electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic waves)

Levels: Upper-level

Formats: Multiple-choice

Research-Based

Wave Diagnostic Test (WDT)

Waves / Optics Content knowledge (waves)

Levels: Intermediate, Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
Long: 30 min, Short: 15 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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Four-tier Geometrical Optics Test (FTGOT)

Waves / Optics Content knowledge (plane mirrors, spherical mirrors, lenses)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Mechanical Waves Conceptual Survey 2 (MWCS2)

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

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Silver Validated
30 min

Wave Concept Inventory (WCI)

Waves / Optics Content knowledge (visualization of waves, mathematical depiction of waves, wave definitions)

Levels: Upper-level

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
20 min

Survey of Thermodynamic Processes and First and Second Laws (STPFaSL)

Thermal / Statistical Content knowledge (first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics, PV diagrams, reversible processes, irreversible processes)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Silver Validated
40 min

Thermodynamic Concept Survey (TCS)

Thermal / Statistical Content knowledge (temperature, heat transfer, ideal gas law, first law of thermodynamics, phase change, thermal properties of materials)

Levels: Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
35 min

Thermal Concept Evaluation (TCE)

Thermal / Statistical Content knowledge (temperature, heat transfer, phase change, thermal properties of materials)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Thermal and Transport Concept Inventory: Thermodynamics (TTCI-T)

Thermal / Statistical Content knowledge (second law of thermodynamics, energy quality, conversion of thermal energy to work, enthalpy, internal energy, equilibrium processes, steady-state processes)

Levels: Intermediate

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Silver Validated

Heat and Temperature Conceptual Evaluation (HTCE)

Thermal / Statistical Content knowledge (temperature, phase change, heat transfer, thermal properties of materials)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
40 min

Thermodynamics Concept Inventory (TCI)

Thermal / Statistical Content knowledge

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Research-Based

Quantum Mechanics Concept Assessment (QMCA)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (wave functions, measurement, time dependence, probability, infinite square well, 1D tunneling, energy levels)

Levels: Upper-level

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey (QMCS)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (wave functions, probability, wave-particle duality, uncertainty principle, infinite square well, one-dimensional tunneling, energy levels)

Levels: Intermediate

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
20 min

Quantum Mechanics Survey (QMS)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (wave functions, measurement, expectation values, Hamiltonian, time dependence, probability, infinite square well, finite square well, harmonic oscillator, 1D tunneling)

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Quantum Physics Conceptual Survey (QPCS)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (de Broglie wavelength, double slit interference, uncertainty principle, photoelectric effect, wave particle duality)

Levels: Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Quantum Mechanics Formalism and Postulates Survey (QMFPS)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (quantum mechanics formalism, quantum mechanics postulates)

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
50 min

Quantum Mechanics Visualization Instrument (QMVI)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (wave functions, probability, infinite square well, 1D tunneling, time dependence, momentum space, 2D potentials, visualization of the relationship between potentials and wave functions)

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate

Formats: Multiple-choice, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
120 min

Relativity Concept Inventory (RCI)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Quantum Mechanics Assessment Tool (QMAT)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (wave functions, measurement, time dependence, probability, infinite square well, 1D tunneling, energy levels)

Levels: Upper-level

Formats: Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
50 min

Quantum Mechanics Concept Inventory (QMCI)

Modern / Quantum Content knowledge (wave functions, probability, 1D tunneling)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Research-Based
20 min

Calculus Concept Inventory (CCI)

Mathematics Content knowledge (functions, derivatives, limits, ratios, the continuum)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Gold Star 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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
35 min

Mathematical Modeling Conceptual Evaluation (MMCE)

Mathematics Content knowledge

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response

Bronze Validated

Quadratic and Linear Conceptual Evaluation (QLCE)

Mathematics Content knowledge (graphing, mathematical modeling)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
30 min

Vector Evaluation Test (VET)

Mathematics Content knowledge (vector addition and subtraction, component analysis, comparing magnitudes)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
30 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

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

Star Properties Concept Inventory (SPCI)

Astronomy Content knowledge (stellar properties, nuclear fusion, star formation)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
20-25 min

Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory (LSCI)

Astronomy Content knowledge (light, waves, spectroscopy)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
20-30 min

Greenhouse Effect Concept Inventory (GECI)

Astronomy Content knowledge (types of greenhouse gases, types of electromagnetic energy, energy equilibrium balance, greenhouse effect mechanisms, global warming vs. greenhouse effect)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Multiple-choice

Silver Validated
15 min

Newtonian Gravity Concept Inventory (NGCI)

Astronomy Content knowledge (directionality of gravity, force law, independence of other forces, thresholds related to gravity)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
20 min

Test of Astronomy Standards (TOAST)

Astronomy Content knowledge (gravity, electromagnetic radiation, fusion and formation of heavy elements, evolution of the universe, star and stellar evolution, evolution and structure of the solar system, seasons, scale, yearly patterns, daily patterns, moon phases)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Lunar Phases Concept Inventory (LPCI)

Astronomy Content knowledge (phases of the moon)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
20-25 min

Astronomical Misconceptions Survey (AMS)

Astronomy Content knowledge (common misconceptions on astronomical topics)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Research-Based
10-15 min

Problem-solving

Assessment Of Textbook Problem Solving Ability (ATPSA)

Problem-solving

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Research-Based
45 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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
30 min

Lab skills

Concise Data Processing Assessment (CDPA)

Lab skills (uncertainty, measurement)

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
30 min

Measurement Uncertainty Quiz (MUQ)

Lab skills (measurement, uncertainty)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Research-Based
15 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

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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
20-30 min

Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (affect, confidence, math-physics-data connection, physics community, uncertainty, troubleshooting, argumentation, experimental design, modeling)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
15 min

Epistemological Beliefs Assessment for Physical Sciences (EBAPS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (epistemological beliefs, structure of knowledge, nature of knowing and learning, real-life applicability, evolving knowledge, source of ability to learn)

Levels: Intro college, High school

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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
15-22 min

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey (AAPS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (problem-solving)

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
15 min

Physics Goal Orientation Survey (PGOS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (goal orientation, motivation)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Agree/disagree

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
5 min

Views About Science Survey (VASS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (structure and validity of scientific knowledge, scientific methodology, learnability of science, reflective thinking, personal relevance of science)

Levels: Intro college, High school

Formats: Pre/post, Multiple-choice

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
40 min

Views of Nature of Science Questionnaire (VNOS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (nature of science, theories and laws, tentativeness, creativity, objectivity, subjectivity, social and cultural influences)

Levels: Intro college, High school, Middle school

Formats: Short answer

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
60 min

Views on Science and Education Questionnaire (VOSE)

Beliefs / Attitudes (nature of science, theories and laws, tentativeness, creativity, objectivity, subjectivity, scientific method, teaching the nature of science)

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

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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
15 min

Attitudes about Problem Solving Survey (APSS)

Beliefs / Attitudes (problem-solving)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Multiple-choice, Agree/disagree

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
20 min

Sources of Self-Efficacy in Science Courses - Physics (SOSEC-P)

Beliefs / Attitudes (self-efficacy)

Levels: Intro college

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

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
20 min

Physics Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ)

Beliefs / Attitudes (self-efficacy)

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Agree/disagree

Bronze Validated
5 min

Interactive teaching

Teaching Dimensions Observation Protocol (TDOP)

Interactive teaching

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school, Middle school, Other

Formats: Observation protocol

Gold Star Validated
any min

Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP)

Interactive teaching

Levels: Graduate, Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college, High school, Middle school, Other

Formats: Observation protocol

Detailed Implementation Guide available Gold Star Validated
any min

Real-time Instructor Observing Tool (RIOT)

Interactive teaching

Levels: Intro college

Formats: Observation protocol

Silver Validated

Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS)

Interactive teaching (What are the students doing?, What is the instructor doing?)

Levels: Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Formats: Observation protocol

Detailed Implementation Guide available Silver Validated
any min

Behavioral Engagement Related to Instruction (BERI)

Interactive teaching

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

Formats: Observation protocol

Detailed Implementation Guide available Bronze Validated
any min