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Journal Article

Question Choice in English Literature Examinations

John F. Bell
Oxford Review of Education
Vol. 23, No. 4 (Dec., 1997), pp. 447-458
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1050861
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Question Choice in English Literature Examinations
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Abstract

The effect of question choice on performance in a GCSE English Literature examination was investigated using a multilevel model. Although there were statistically significant question effects, these were small. For the majority of candidates in the study, the difference was less than ± 1 mark. There was no evidence that candidates were seriously disadvantaged by their choice of texts or questions. This was expected because the underlying criterion-referenced mark scheme used was independent of the questions.

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