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Practical Exams were once used in college science lab classes. They were especially popular in biology classes. They are still used in some testing programs in science and I think NAEP had some at one time. This explains how to set one up. While they are most often used in science you can use them in social studies. See http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Coll_VirginiaMaloneet/AdvertisementActivity for an activity with student products that can be used on a practical exam.
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