Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

  • Brevity and immediacy
  • Establishing dialog between instructor and students
  • Prompting student engagement
  • Use as proxy for preparation, attendance, and participation
  • Evidence of accomplishment
How do CATs work?
  • Cognitive advantages
  • Balance positive and negative aspects of argument
  • Attach emotional descriptors
  • Rearrange and reorganize ideas
  • More critical thinking
  • Better recall and retention of information
Manner of submission varies
  • Entrance and exit tickets
  • Forum or survey
  • Summarize and discuss
  • Very low-stakes, rapid feedback
  • Use as discussion prompt, reality check

Types of CATS:

Entrance Tickets

Exit Assignment

Reality Check Survey

Indiana University 

Field-Tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG)

A very low-key, succinct discussion of CATs