ERIC Number: ED052935
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Publication Date: 1969
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Evaluation of the Randomized Multiple Choice Format.
Harke, Douglas James
Each physics problem used in evaluating the effectiveness of Randomized Multiple Choice (RMC) tests was stated in the conventional manner and was followed by several multiple choice items corresponding to the steps in a written solution but presented in random order. Students were instructed to prepare a written answer and to use it to answer the RMC items. During machine marking, partial credit for the question was given according to the number of RMC items correct. The RMC scores correlated with the written solution scores in the order of 0.6 for each question, had a similar range and standard deviation as the written scores, and were slightly more highly correlated with physics knowledge than the written scores. A hierarchical analysis of the RMC responses indicated that the sequences of mathematical and physical concepts used was similar to those used in written solutions. There was no differential effect of verbal ability (SAT-V) on success with either test format. (Author/AL)
Descriptors: College Science, Doctoral Dissertations, Essay Tests, Evaluation, Measurement Techniques, Multiple Choice Tests, Physics, Research, Science Education
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Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN.