[texhax] Creating Exams with LaTeX?!

Hubert Lam hubert at lamfamily.info
Sat Jul 6 06:45:50 CEST 2013

Hi Torsten

I've created a lot of exams using only the article class, and a lot of customisation w.r.t. "\newcommand".

Will send some samples when I get home.

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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


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