ERIC Number: ED190641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Number Right and Elimination Score as a Function of Item Arrangement, Knowledge of Arrangement, and Test Anxiety.
Plake, Barbara S.; And Others
Number right and elimination scores were analyzed on a 48-item college level mathematics test that was assembled from pretest data in three forms by varying the item orderings: easy-hard, uniform, or random. Half of the forms contained information explaining the item arrangement and suggesting strategies for taking the test. Several anxiety measures (state, trait, facilitating, and debilitating) were administered, along with the experimental forms of the mathematics test, to 97 undergraduates. Multivariate analysis of variance revealed no significant effects of the independent variables (order, knowledge, and anxiety condition) on either cognitive dependent measure (number right or elimination scores). Multivariate analysis of covariance, using measures of anxiety as multiple covariates, also failed to show any significant influence on the cognitive dependent measures or a set of perceptional dependent measures. Results tentatively suggest that neither test scores nor attitudes were influenced by item order, knowledge of item arrangement, or anxiety level. (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elimination Scoring; Number Right Scoring; Test Instructions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Boston, MA, April 8-10, 1980). The appendix was removed because it contains copyrighted test instruments.