ERIC Number: ED334255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Retaking the NTE Core Battery: What Helps?
Alcorn, Bruce K.
An examination of the National Teacher Examinations (NTE) database was conducted at Ball State University in Muncie (Indiana) to identify students and alumni who had to retake at least one part of the NTE Core Battery. The study, which was limited to subjects who eventually passed all three parts of the NTE Core Battery, focused on test-related actions taken by subjects between their initial failure and subsequent success. The NTE Core Battery Questionnaire was mailed to 87 subjects. Thirty-four (42%) of the subjects returned the questionnaire. Results indicate that: (1) the communication skills test was the portion most often failed; (2) as frequency of retake increased, the more likely it was that the subject would rely upon special preparation; (3) subjects typically reported use of a commercial study guide; and (4) other activities that proved to be helpful to examinees included taking fewer tests at one time, resting prior to taking the test, discussing the test with other examinees, reviewing course materials, tutoring, attending workshops, and taking a regular college course. Seven tables are included. The preliminary and final survey questionnaires are provided. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Ball State University IN; NTE Core Battery; Retesting