Upper Level Semester Exams- Performance Based

I have been trying to think of a way for students to really SHOW me what they’ve learned this semester. Rather than a “one size fits all” topic for our semester exam, I am going to give students this choice board. Topic and product, the decision is in their hands… And plus, I think it will be a lot more fun to grade a variety of products! 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes. Feel free to adapt to your topics from this semester.




  1. For lower levels, we have often given students an empty storyboard and had them draw a story of their choice and then write or speak about the pictures. This allows them to really show where they shine and pick a topic/story line that highlights what they’re really good at. It was a great way for them to put their own stamp on their exam and like you said, much better than reading the same essay over and over again. Love your ideas, too!

  2. Do you only teach levels 3 and 4?

    I love this idea for the upper levels and I’ve been struggling with figuring out what I”m going to do because I”m teaching level 4 for the first time ever this year.

    What are you doing for spanish 1, if you teach it?

    • I teach level 1,3, & 4. In level one I do a final free write and a final speaking the week before (so I have more time for grading level 3/4 exams). Their final is culture, listening, reading, and vocabulary.

      • So the level 1 midterm is a freewrite and speaking assessment? And the final exam is culture, listening, reading and vocab?

      • I generally give a 5 part exam. Speaking and writing the day before the official exam and listening, reading, and culture on the exam day. While they’re working on the exam, I’m grading the reading as I watch for cheaters. It works well. For speaking I either give them a picture or have them draw one and for writing I either give them a picture or a set of vocabulary to choose from to use (in English).

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