ERIC Number: ED183130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Alternative Response Mode Requirements on the Acccuracy of Student Response in Computer-Based Testing. Report Series 1979.
Thomas, David B.
This study was designed to determine the accuracy with which a student in a computer-based testing situation will be able to accurately communicate the selected answer to the computer. Such a test was administered to 34 students, with the answer to each item supplied. Examinees, who were identified as touch typists or non-typists, used either the numbers 1 through 5 or the letters A through E as possible answers. Test scores were significantly higher for examinees taking the test under the letter condition, and typists in this group completed the task more quickly; the non-typists worked faster under the number condition. An inspection of the errors revealed that adjacent and blank key errors occurred more frequently for the number condition and for nontypists. The limitations of this study which affect the generalizability of the findings are discussed, and it is recommended that the study be replicated with more realistic looking items and a more balanced sample. (Author/JEG)
Descriptors: College Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Research, Reaction Time, Response Style (Tests), Responses, Typewriting
CAI Laboratory, University of Iowa, Weeg Computing Center, Iowa City, IA 52242
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Computer Center.