ERIC Number: ED223661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Order of Finish, Time to Completion, and Performance on Course-Based Objective Examinations: A Systematic Analysis of Their Relationship on Both Individual Exam Scores and Total Score Across Three Exams.
Bridges, K. Robert
The relationship between achievement test performance and two variables associated with test taking were studied. The variables were the order in which the students completed the test and the time students required for completion. Recent research had been mixed concerning whether high achievers would complete tests faster. The study was conducted to resolve the contradictions of earlier research and to extend the range of inquiry from performance on a single test to performance on several exams through a course. Performance data were obtained from college students. Statistical analyses indicated no linear or curvilinear relationships between rank or time and performance on individual tests. The average scores of those finishing in the first quartile were not significantly different from the last three. Results of the study did not seem to find exam-taking speed as a variable related to test performance. Student test performance in this study could not be predicted by the amount of time required to complete an examination, nor by the relative order in which a student completed the exam. The results suggested students should be given ample time to complete exams, as speed of response is not a primary objective in most college courses. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rank Order
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 14-17, 1982).