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ERIC Number: ED078009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 5
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A Testing Program for Introductory Accounting.
Hines, Everett B.
The accounting department at the University of Arizona, faced with numerous sections of introductory accounting, full classrooms, testing periods spread over two days, and a shortage of clerical help, evolved this testing program for the course in introductory accounting. Two objective multiple choice tests are constructed which sample different areas over the same course content. These two tests are used on alternate days. Two forms of each are prepared, with questions rearranged for the test to be used in alternate rows, so that students seated next to each other are answering the same test questions but in different order. Each instructor teaching the course contributes multiple choice items. One instructor, the test coordinator, prepares alternate test drafts, which are finalized at an instructors' conference. Students record their answers on IBM 1230 answer sheets, which are graded by the instructor and then analyzed by computer. Computer processing consists of the following steps: determining each student grade; computing the arithmetic mean and standard deviation for each test form; converting each grade to standard "T" scores with a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 10; isolating the upper and lower quartiles; counting the various responses to the questions; determining the level of difficulty for each question; determining the power of discrimination for each item, and providing a printout by section and a printout for each test form. (KM)
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