ERIC Number: ED452269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Relationship of Scores and Times of Test Administration via Computer.
Gorney, Barbara; Maury, Marcia
The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between scores and the times that medical students choose to take a computer-administered test. The results indicate that students who choose to take a test later within a given time period tend to perform less well than students who take the test earlier. Although the magnitude of the relationships was slight, a negative association was found for both high-stakes national examinations and weekly quizzes associated with a medical school course. Second-year students are required to take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 in March or April, and third-year students are required to take Step 2 between April and July. Students, who are required to attain a national passing score on both examinations in order to progress, may schedule their examinations from several weeks to several months in advance. Data from the Step 1 examination were studied for 2 cohorts of 111 and 102 students. Although the magnitude of the associations found was slight, the negative direction persisted across cohorts and type of test, whether high-stakes national tests or weekly quizzes for second-year students. (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 American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).