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This research-based multiple-choice test is designed to assesses student understanding of basic electricity and magnetism concepts. The test is suitable for college-level calculus-based introductory physics courses or for advanced high school physics courses.

The test is based on investigations of students' difficulties with concepts in electricity and magnetism and should be given in a 45-minute period. The reliability and discriminatory power of this assessment tool have been tested. The results are available at: Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research: Volume 2, Issue 1, Page 7, http://prst-per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v2/i1/e010105

This assessment is free for use by instructors in their classroom. As it takes years of development effort to create and validate reliable assessment instruments, access is limited to educators and researchers. The assessment is available through the Physport Assessment database to AAPT members and validated physics instructors. Access to the assessment requires that the user be logged into Physport/ComPADRE.
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Assessment Material
= Test
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© 1997 Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
BEMA assessment, asessment for electricity and magnetism, assessment test, calculus-based assessment
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Metadata instance created June 15, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, (1997), WWW Document, (https://www.physport.org/assessments/BEMA).
R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment, (1997), <https://www.physport.org/assessments/BEMA>.
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Chabay, R., & Sherwood, B. (2005, June 23). Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment. Retrieved October 21, 2017, from https://www.physport.org/assessments/BEMA
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment. June 23, 2005. https://www.physport.org/assessments/BEMA (accessed 21 October 2017).
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment. 1997. 23 June 2005. 21 Oct. 2017 <https://www.physport.org/assessments/BEMA>.
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