ERIC Number: ED392833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-9
A Study of the Relationship between Scores and Time on Tests.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the scores students earned on multiple choice tests and the number of minutes students required to complete the tests. The 5 tests were made up of 20 randomly drawn questions from a large pool of questions about research methods. Students were allowed an unlimited amount of time to complete the tests, although no student required more than 1 hour for any of the five administrations of the test. Two graduate research classes were involved in the study, and the pooled group sizes for which there were complete data ranged from 32 to 42. Pearson correlations for the five administrations of the test ranged from 0.06 to 0.30, all suggesting little relationship. It was concluded that student performance does not depend on the amount of time spent on the test. Providing unlimited amounts of time for testing is probably not necessary as long as reasonable time is available. (Contains one table and seven references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).