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ERIC Number: ED339735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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A Follow-Up of Suspect Sophomore Scores on the COMP Test.
Olsen, Scott A.; Wilson, Kim
The College Outcome Measures Program (COMP) objective test is used by colleges and universities to monitor the success of their undergraduate programs and as part of general assessment efforts. At Northeast Missouri State University (Kirksville), 102 students were identified as having suspect COMP scores based on the three criteria of: (1) COMP total score 20 points or more below the American College Testing Program (ACT) assessment battery composite score; (2) unrealistically high or low freshman to sophomore COMP total score change; and (3) COMP total score below the chance score (130) for the test. Because of student withdrawals and unwillingness to participate, only 45 students were interviewed concerning the rationale behind their performance on the COMP. Students were asked about their orientations with respect to the examination, their perceptions of testing conditions, and their motivation. Results suggest that lack of student motivation to perform well on the sophomore examination was the primary reason for the suspect scores. Test results were perceived as being of little importance or relevance. Recommendations for improving student motivation with regard to this examination are discussed. Seven tables and five references are included. The structured interview is provided. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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