ERIC Number: ED427830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-14
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of a Comprehensive Multiple Choice Final Exam in the Macroeconomics Principles Course: An Assessment.
Petrowsky, Michael C.
This paper analyzes the results of a pilot study at Glendale Community College (Arizona) to assess the effectiveness of a comprehensive multiple choice final exam in the macroeconomic principles course. The "pilot project" involved the administration of a 50-question multiple choice exam to 71 students in three macroeconomics sections. The assessment looked at four areas: (1) problems of test administration, such as quality of the questions and the problem of time constraints; (2) student reactions to the test as related to the hours they spent studying for it; (3) the relationship between the unit test (covering three to four chapters) scores and the comprehensive final exam; and (4) the relationship between the class writing assignment and the final exam. Results indicate that the use of a comprehensive final exam may be a redundant measure of student performance if unit tests are given throughout the semester. However, a case can still be made for comprehensive final exams on the grounds that they may promote a fuller understanding of the material, or that they provide a second chance for learning material that may have been missed or distorted. Appended are the final exam questionnaire, tables indicating hours studied, test score analysis, and a copy of the final exam. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Glendale Community Coll., AZ.