This 31-question research-based multiple-choice test is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of quantum mechanics in junior-level courses.
The survey is based on investigations of students' difficulties in quantum mechanics and should be given in a 50-minute period. Statistical results have shown the survey to be reliable and valid. A summary of the construction and analysis of the survey is available in Surveying students' understanding of quantum mechanics in one spatial dimension, Am. J. Phys. 80 (3), 252-259.
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 restricted to instructors and researchers.
Improving Students' Understanding of Quantum Mechanics
Singh, C., & Zhu, G. (2011). Quantum Mechanics Survey (QMS). In Improving Students' Understanding of Quantum Mechanics (255). Retrieved September 25, 2017, from https://www.physport.org/assessments/QMS
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Information on the survey's development, reliability, and validity is available in the article, Surveying students' understanding of quantum mechanics in one spatial dimension, Am. J. Phys. 71 (6), 607-617.