ERIC Number: EJ909465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
The Use of the ETS Major Field Test for Assurance of Business Content Learning: Assurance of Waste?
Mason, Paul M.; Coleman, B. Jay; Steagall, Jeffrey W.; Gallo, Andres A.; Fabritius, Michael M.
Journal of Education for Business, v86 n2 p71-77 2011
Exit exams have become the currency of choice for both institutions and accrediting bodies seeking to demonstrate student learning. Most researchers have ignored the opportunity costs of these tests and the fundamental question of whether the exams add value to the assessment process already in place on college campuses (course testing and GPA). A statistical model that uses a student's GPA, SAT score, and demographic characteristics predicts the student's Major Field Test (ETSB) score quite well. Furthermore, the opportunity cost of administering these exams at the institution in question exceeds $25,000 annually. The authors argue that the cost-benefit tradeoff of the ETSB exit exam is unfavorable. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Exit Examinations, College Students, Grade Point Average, College Entrance Examinations, Scores, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Cost Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Major Field Achievement Test in Business; SAT (College Admission Test)