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ERIC Number: EJ1116181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
The Effect of Cumulative Tests on the Final Exam
Beagley, Jonathan E.; Capaldi, Mindy
PRIMUS, v26 n9 p878-888 2016
Mathematics teachers often give cumulative final exams, but little research has been done on the effects that cumulative exams given throughout the semester have on student grades and content knowledge. This study went beyond a cumulative final exam, and investigated the benefits of cumulative versus non-cumulative semester exams on students' final exam scores. Comparing control and experimental sections of an introductory mathematics course showed a positive effect of cumulative exams on final exam scores. Additionally, low-scoring students in the experimental sections performed better on the final exam compared with the average of their semester exams than low-scoring students in the control section. This interaction was not statistically significant, however.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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