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ERIC Number: EJ776193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Benefiting from Multiple-Choice Exams: The Positive Impact of Answer Switching
Milia, Lee Di
Educational Psychology, v27 n5 p607-615 Oct 2007
The extent and benefit of answer switching when completing multiple-choice exams was investigated in an undergraduate course (n = 1,152) and a postgraduate course (n = 1,624). Answer switching was identified in 1.7% and 2.4% of cases, respectively. In both samples, more than half the participants changed at least one answer and, of these, approximately 50% increased their test score and 25% decreased their test score. Significant gender differences were not found, but males were less likely to switch. Multivariate analysis indicated no significant differences in answer switching behaviour between Australian and international students. Univariate tests, however, suggested that international students made more right to wrong (p less than 0.05) and wrong to wrong (p less than 0.02) switches. The results also suggested that better students were more likely to switch from a wrong to a right answer, and to make significantly fewer right to wrong (p less than 0.001) switches. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia