ERIC Number: ED190639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A New Method for Administering and Scoring Multiple-Choice Tests: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Results.
Cross, Lawrence H.; And Others
A new scoring procedure for multiple choice tests attempts to assess partial knowledge and to restrict guessing. It is a variant of Coombs' elimination scoring method, adapted for use with the carbon-shield answer sheets commonly used with answer-until-correct scoring. Examinees are directed to erase the carbon shields of choices they are certain are incorrect (distractors). A scoring rule prohibits the examinee from uncovering the correct answer and then continuing to erase incorrect answers; once the correct choice is uncovered, no further erasures are made. This method was tried out on college-level art history students. Results indicated improved reliability and validity for the proposed method, as compared to number-right scoring and to Coombs' elimination scoring. (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Answer Until Correct; Distractors (Tests); Test Instructions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Boston, MA, April 8-10, 1980).