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ERIC Number: ED013019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 13
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EXAMINATIONS--THEIR USE AND ABUSE.
BENNETT, PEARL S.
ALTHOUGH MOST EDUCATORS AGREE THAT EXAMINATIONS PERFORM AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION IN APPRAISING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, SOME CLAIM THAT MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS DEGENERATE INTO A GAME OF "BEAT THE MONKEY," I.E., ANSWERING MORE THAN 25 PERCENT OF THE ITEMS CORRECTLY, THE RATING EVEN A MONKEY COULD BE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE. SAMPLE STUDIES REVEAL THAT THE STUDENT WHO RAPIDLY SUPPLIES ANSWERS AT RANDOM MAY WELL PLACE HIGHER THAN THE SLOWER, SUPERIOR STUDENT. SUCH EXAMINATIONS AS THE N.Y. STATE REGENTS EXAMINATION IN RUSSIAN FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION BOARD'S RUSSIAN ACHIEVEMENT TEST, AND THE MLA COOPERATIVE FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTS IN RUSSIAN ALL RELY HEAVILY, IF NOT COMPLETELY, ON MULTIPLE CHOICE. LANGUAGE EXAMINATIONS IN GENERAL COULD BE IMPROVED BY USING MORE SECTIONS SIMILAR TO THE MLA WRITING SECTION AND BY INCLUDING ESSAY QUESTIONS, ESPECIALLY IN STRUCTURED FORM, WHILE AN ACHIEVEMENT EXAMINATION MIGHT WELL REQUIRE INTERLINEAR CORRECTION OF BADLY GARBLED WRITING. FINALLY, FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS SHOULD COOPERATE WITH COLLEAGUES OF OUTSTANDING ABILITY IN OTHER FIELDS TO MINIMIZE THE ABUSES OF MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS AND TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF EXAMINATIONS REQUIRING STUDENTS TO ORGANIZE THEIR OWN THOUGHTS. THIS SPEECH WAS DELIVERED AT A MEETING OF THE NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY GROUP OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SLAVIC AND EAST EUROPEAN LANGUAGES, PRINCETON, OCTOBER 29, 1966. (GJ)
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