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ERIC Number: ED048345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Pages: 10
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An Experimental Analysis of Answer-Changing Behavior on Objective Tests.
Jacobs, Stanley S.
The study was an experimental investigation of the effects of item difficulty and subject ability on subjects answer-changing behaviors. Subjects were administered an achievement test composed of items at three levels of difficulty via slides, followed by a printed copy of the test. Analyses revealed no effects attributable to subject ability. Item difficulty was related to both frequency and qualty of change. Fewest answers were changed for easiest items, with the greatest number of changes and points gained on moderately difficult items. A generally inverse relationship appeared between quality of change and difficulty. Subjects were unable to predict the outcome of their answer-changing; while approximately 50% felt they typically lost, on the average all subjects gained regardless of their opinion. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971