Expanding your vocabulary is one of the most challenging parts of a language learning process. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated – for the teacher or the students. There’s no need for spending hours staring at the book or watching movies without subtitles, hoping that some words and phrases will stick.
If you are looking for the way to turn the language learning process into a game that can keep a student engaged for hours – you found it. Using a vocabulary quiz maker, you can create hundreds of tests for all levels, lessons and purposes – and in this article, we will show you how to do it.
Before we show you how to create interesting and engaging vocabulary quizzes, let’s talk about the reasons why you should take your classroom online and forget about the paper based tests.
According to the recent studies, the use of online learning games significantly improved students’ grammar and nuanced understanding of the words and phrases. Surveyed students reported they had enjoyed the challenging, yet playful nature of the quizzes, as well as the ability to control the amount of time they’d spend studying.
These findings were supported by the Statista survey in 2016, where 96% of respondents said that using digital tools helped them prepare for tests and exams.
Why are online vocabulary quizzes so motivating and helpful? For starters, just compare them to an endless test with 50 questions spread over five paper sheets. Even if you want to cover complex lessons, an online vocabulary quiz maker will enable you to segment the content and make it more visually appealing and less intimidating.
The trick behind the online quizzes’ appeal is in the concept also known as ‘chunking.’ Chunking is all around you. If you look at this screen, you’ll notice that each paragraph is a little piece of thematically and logically connected information. Most websites you visit and apps you have on your phone use chunking to facilitate memorizing and comprehending content.
An example of chunking on LeadQuizzes website
There is a body of scientific evidence to support that breaking each of our impressions into smaller pieces of related information is detrimental to the way we perceive the world and organize our thoughts. Applying this method to lessons and tests improves our memory and learning capacity. Each short vocabulary quiz and each card in this test are a chunk of their own.
Before you create a vocabulary quiz, you also want to make sure it is reliable and useful. If you already have your list of questions, scroll down to the “How” phase. If you want some advice, keep reading. The student should benefit from this quiz by testing knowledge or learning something new. The teacher should be able to evaluate the student’s knowledge.
There are several types of vocabulary quizzes and questions.
After the word is presented, the student is supposed to identify it through a definition or a synonym. There is one way you can shape these questions.
A student can write a definition or a synonym for the presented word on their own – but keep in mind that scoring answers like these can take more time and work. However, it is a great challenge for a student and the answers will give you a clear picture of the level of respondent’s knowledge.
You present a test word and offer several definitions or synonyms of which one is correct.
The easier way is to offer several definitions with one as the correct answer. This type of question is recommended for complicated words or phrases in advanced tests, because sometimes the differences between options are rather small and nuanced.
On the other hand, matching the word with the picture can be a great way to make your quiz more entertaining and improve the learning process by evoking visual association.
While this type of question may not be possible for complicated words or phrases, a little bit of imagination can be beneficial both for you and your student. Here, we gave you a word “desolate,” and asked you to connect it to the picture of a desolate place.
This type of question offers a dozen of words put words that should be put into different groups or categories.
A student is given a definition, category, or picture and offered answers which correspond with it – with one exception.
This question comes in the form of a sentence with one or more missing words. You can create it as an open-ended question or offer the answers as a multiple choice.
The test words are listed or presented in two columns, and the student is required to match the answers.
According to research, the reliability coefficients for these types of tests are approximately equal and rather high.
If you are using quizzes to practice vocabulary, don’t forget to add answers – our suggestion is to add them right after the question for an immediate and clear feedback. You can create answers using clear text or an image page. This is an example of a text answer.
This is an example of an image answer.
Showing the picture can be a great way to further strengthen the link between the image and a new word, minimizing the possibility of forgetting.
Creating an engaging, useful quiz that incorporates all these questions does not have to take hours if you know where to find the right tools. We will show you how to use LeadQuizzes’ content builder. All you need to do is click here to access the quizzes dashboard – no strings attached, you’ll have plenty of time to try everything out for free.
When you access the dashboard and create a new project, start off with creating the landing page in the drag & drop content builder menu, in the ‘build’ section.
You will do that by dragging the “cover page” tab to “start screen” tab. In the menu on the left side, you will add your test’s title and description and customize the button.
You can add a background image in the Design section. In the design section, you can customize the quiz design, add background picture and set its opacity.
In our vocabulary test maker, we went with something neutral and general, and this is the result.
If you have dozens of tests, you can add pictures that relate to a particular lesson your vocabulary quiz refers to. You can do that by clicking on “select media” button in the Build section.
After that, you can move on to the questions and answers. For multiple-choice questions, go with text and image questions.
We recommend that you use images or even videos to make your vocabulary test engaging and visually appealing.
This is how you can create the image question pictured above.
For open-ended questions, like this one…
Go with the “form fields” and select “long answer” box – you can change the label in the menu that opens when you click on the “long answer” form field.
You can add answers by dragging “text” or “image or video” tabs to the board. You can add headlines, descriptions, pictures, and videos to your answer. This is how you can create the answer to the question about perseverance.
Online tests are an affordable, efficient and time-effective way to boost your vocabulary or help someone learn new words. Investing in a vocabulary quiz maker can be an excellent way to learn and spread knowledge.