# [texhax] Creating Exams with LaTeX?!

Torsten Wagner torsten.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 17:43:44 CEST 2013

Steve,

thanks for your help. I checked the latex class and there are some nice
features which I would like to take over into my layout. Thanks for sharing
it with me.

Torsten

On 19 June 2013 14:44, Schwartz, Steven J <s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk> wrote:

> Torsten,
>
> I maintain a latex class for our exams. It is tailored to our needs of
> course but may prove a useful starting point for you to hack away at (which
> is what I did based on an original by a previous colleague). You can pick
> it up at www.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~sjs/FOR/ICPHEXAM/
>
> The class allows you to do various things, like count up the partial
> allocation of exam marks, produce from a single file versions with just the
> Including graphics and equations just relies on normal latex commands. It
> would be easy to leave space for the students to write answers with a
> simple construction like:
>
> \fbox{
>         \parbox[]{\linewidth}{\hfill\vspace{10\baselineskip}}
> }
>
> I'm not sure I understand what else you want/need, but creating solution
> sheets, or tick boxes, or whatever, is all straightforward in latex. As
> you'll see from my class, you can use class options to control what
> actually gets printed. So you could generate a condensed version that just
> had all the questions, and one with space left for answers by defining and
> changing a class option.
>
> HTH
>
> Best wishes
> Steve
>
> Torsten Wagner wrote on 2013-06-19:
> ----------------
> > Hi,
> >
> > I was wondering if there is any preferred method (class) to create
> > written exams with LaTeX.
> > My exams consist basically only of two large exercises with subitems.
> > Sometimes I would need a graphic and there is need for equations.
> > There are about 100-150 subscribers for a single exam.
> >
> > I checked on CTAN and there are some packages. I simply wonder which
> > one is in common use, or which one is more or less obsolete.
> >
> > Furthermore, I would like to introduce some automatism which makes it
> > easier for me to rate the exams later. E.g. I was thinking to ask
> > students to fill in the answers in allocated spaces.
> > Another idea would be some automation to create solution sheets, point
> > and mark tables, etc.
> >
> > I am aware that I might not be able to achieve the last ideas with pure
> LaTeX.
> > Thus, I am happy to hear what other method you use for this task. E.g.
> > I thought about using org-mode on emacs to create a metasystem which
> > enables me to keep all (exam, evaluation, scoring, solution sheet,
> > etc.) in one file but to generate exam sheets from it.
> >
> > Thanks for comments, solutions and ideas
> >
> > Torsten
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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