Evaluation of Paper Test Strategies on Computer-Administered Tests: The Impact of Item Response Marking on Test Performance
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Master of Science (MS)
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Marking on paper tests (e.g., crossing-out incorrect answers) has been associated with improved test performance, especially for students with higher test anxiety. Despite these benefits, marking has not been implemented or evaluated on computer-administered tests. After measuring test anxiety in participants using an adapted version of the Test Anxiety Inventory Short-form (TAI-5C), we randomly assigned participants to either the required-mark (n = 85) or control (n = 88) condition and measured test performance on 18 practice Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) math questions. A multiple regression was performed to model test performance from test anxiety, condition group, and their interaction, R2 = .08, F (3, 169) = 5.17, p < .01. We found that only test anxiety impacted test performance significantly, β = -0.06, p < .01. We discuss these findings, the limitations of our study, and suggest alternatives which may enhance the test taker experience during computer-administered tests.
Ekberg, Erik, "Evaluation of Paper Test Strategies on Computer-Administered Tests: The Impact of Item Response Marking on Test Performance" (2018). All Master's Theses. 935.
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