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ERIC Number: ED157088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Pages: 60
Abstractor: N/A
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Spelling Correlation on Handwritten vs. Multiple-Choice Tests.
Kelso, Genell
In order to determine if multiple choice spelling tests are as effective as handwritten tests, 265 college freshmen were tested on the same spelling words by traditional oral dictation and then by five-option multiple choice questions. Results were compared to examine the efficacy of multiple choice testing. Of a possible 20 points, the mean score on the multiple choice test was 10.77; on the written test, 8.78; and of words spelled correctly on both, the mean was 7.07. It was found that the multiple choice test score was inflated in that it provided a higher and less accurate reflection of the student's spontaneous spelling ability than a written spelling test. The multiple choice spelling test, however, does offer the advantages of greater grading speed, accuracy, and objectivity. It can be concluded that alternating written and multiple choice tests throughout a spelling program would be ideal. Each testing method could provide correction and compensation for the other's disadvantages, while maintaining maximum advantages of each. (Author/JF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: D.Ed. Practicum, Nova University