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ERIC Number: EJ1268123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2473-3806
Low-Stakes vs. No-Stakes Practice Exams in Anatomy and Physiology Classes: Which One Works Better?
Reuter, Peter
HAPS Educator, v24 n2 p21-26 Aug 2020
Practice exams are a proven tool to increase retrieval of information long-term. Over a three-year period, students in Anatomy and Physiology I and II were offered practice exams as either no-stakes practice exams (years 1-2) and low-stakes practice exams (year 3). Students who took practice exams did significantly better on the actual lecture exams, leading to better grades and higher passing rates for our courses. There was no difference for gender and student population. Students earning credit (low-stakes) were more likely to take the practice exams but their scores on actual exams and their overall scores were lower than those of students who did not earn credit (no-stakes).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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