ERIC Number: ED083915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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The Use of Repeatable Tests. Indiana Studies in Prediction No. 24.
Chase, Clinton I.; Doerann, Judith A.
Testing is a commonly used method of evaluating student achievement. In addition, results from testing are often intended to be useful as feedback to the student, helping him to identify his areas of achievement and deficiency. In a typical class, a test on a given unit is administered once at a time when it is believed most students should be prepared for it. Students are usually then ranked and graded according to their test performance relative to other students, or graded in accordance with some present standard. Repeatable testing is an alternative to the typical procedure. This approach makes use of several equivalent forms of each test, and students are permitted to attempt to improve their scores by taking tests on a given topic or area more than one time. This study was designed to explore the experiences of students and faculty who had used repeatable testing. Five faculty members and twenty students comprised the sample for the study. The general attitudes toward repeatable testing was favorable among both students and faculty who have had experience with it in their classes. Comments by students indicated that repeatable testing did relieve pressure and anxiety, and facilitated learning. The educational purposes of repeatable testing seem to be realized in courses using it. Since both faculty and students who have had actual experience with it prefer repeatable examinations to standard testing, it appears to achieve the purposes of both groups. (Author/PG)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Bureau of Educational Studies and Testing.