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ERIC Number: ED562777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Inquiring about Examinees' Ethnicity and Sex: Effects on Computerized Placement Tests™ Performance. Report No. 98-2. ETS RR No. 98-9
Stricker, Lawrence J.; Ward, William C.
College Entrance Examination Board
Laboratory experiments by Steele and Aronson (1995) found that African-American subjects' performance on difficult verbal items, described as a verbal problem-solving task, was adversely affected when they were asked about their ethnicity just before working on the items. These results were attributed to stereotype threat. Asking about ethnicity primes African-American subjects' concerns about fulfilling the negative ethnic stereotype about their intellectual ability, thereby disrupting test performance. The present field experiment assessed the effects of asking community college students taking the Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), in an actual operating setting, about their ethnicity and sex. This inquiry had no statistically and practically significant effects on how well the examinees did on the tests or how long they worked on the tests
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board; Educational Testing Service
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina