ERIC Number: ED029308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Variations in Exam Sophistication Among College Freshmen.
Juola, Arvo E.
The results of a questionnaire survey of college freshmen about specific exam-taking procedures are reported. The questions were designed to assess recommendations made in the student handbook, Examination Skills and Techniques. Administered were 36 questions comprising nine-item scales, to one of four representative samples of approximately 1,000 freshmen entering Michigan State University. The purposes were: (1) to assess the degree of exam sophistication among college freshmen, (2) to determine correlation among diverse elements, (3) to determine whether exam-wise students are influenced by popular misconceptions, and (4) to determine whether there are differences in exam sophistication among students who differ in ability or achievement. Results show that freshmen appear quite knowledgeable regarding certain elements, but highly deficient on others. Students are clearly confused where popular misconceptions are found. Diverse elements are positively correlated, giving added credence to the recommendations found in the student handbook. Differences were found in exam sophistication among students who differed in ability and achievement, slightly favoring low achievers. (KP)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Los Angeles, California, February 5-8, 1969