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Comparison of Cognitive Achievement in Objective Testing [microform] : Multi-Digit and Multiple-Choice Tests / Paul S. Anderson and Eileen M. Kanzler
Bib ID 5456782
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Anderson, Paul S
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1985 
7 p. 
Summary

Test scores were compared for two types of objective achievement tests--multiple choice tests and the recently developed Multi-Digit Test (MDT) procedure. MDT is an approximation of the fill-in-the-blank technique. Students select their answers from long lists of alphabetized terms, with each answer corresponding to a number from 001 to 999. The answer sheets are scorable by computer. The results of previous research, as well as recent research in college undergraduate and high school classes, are both inconclusive. Some of the studies indicate advantages for the fill-in-the-blank style of test items, while other studies show no difference. No study has demonstrated that multiple choice testing resulted in superior test achievement. When students were questioned about their opinion of MDT, about half found it less desirable than multiple choice tests, yet preferable to open-ended fill-in-the-blank questions. About half considered MDT to be equal to or preferable to multiple choice tests. There was also some indication that study habits were different when students expected to be given MDT rather than multiple choice tests or traditional fill-in-the-blank tests. (GDC)

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ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985). Figures contain small print.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Achievement Tests.  |  Cloze Procedure.  |  Comparative Testing.  |  Computer Assisted Testing.  |  Difficulty Level.  |  Guessing (Tests)  |  Higher Education.  |  Knowledge Level.  |  Multiple Choice Tests.  |  Objective Tests.  |  Recall (Psychology)  |  Scores.  |  Secondary Education.  |  Student Attitudes.  |  Test Construction.  |  Test Format.  |  Multi Digit Tests
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Kanzler, Eileen M., author
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