ERIC Number: EJ1114527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Does It Matter Whether One Takes a Test on an iPad or a Desktop Computer?
International Journal of Testing, v16 n4 p352-377 2016
To investigate possible iPad related mode effect, we tested 403 8th graders in Indiana, Maryland, and New Jersey under three mode conditions through random assignment: a desktop computer, an iPad alone, and an iPad with an external keyboard. All students had used an iPad or computer for six months or longer. The 2-hour test included reading, math, and writing items adapted from released NAEP 8th grade tests. Overall, no significant difference was found on the reading, math, or writing section scores or section response time among the three mode conditions. Further, roughly comparable numbers of students reportedly favored testing using an iPad or a desktop computer, but using a preferred mode did not lead to significantly higher section scores. These findings suggest that there is no noticeable disadvantage associated with taking a test on an iPad than on a desktop computer for experienced users of these two studied devices.
Descriptors: Educational Testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Handheld Devices, Computers, Comparative Analysis, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Keyboarding (Data Entry), Reading Tests, Mathematics Tests, Writing Tests, National Competency Tests, Scores, Reaction Time, Student Attitudes, Preferences, Multiple Choice Tests, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Multivariate Analysis, Test Reliability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Maryland; New Jersey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress