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The Efficacy of Retesting in Relation to Improved Test Performance of College Undergraduates

Ward Mitchell Cates
The Journal of Educational Research
Vol. 75, No. 4 (Mar. - Apr., 1982), pp. 230-236
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27539900
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Abstract

A causal-comparative analysis was done of the test performance of undergraduate students in five different sections of educational psychology taught over a 3-year period. A pretest-posttest design was used to test the hypothesis that a testing program employing fewer retests than original tests produced significant gains in mean highest test/retest scores. Original tests and retests were of comparable mean difficulty, discrimination, and cognitive level. Correlations between the unretested means and highest test/retest means for retesters in the five sections were statistically significant. Various retesting programs were not found to be significantly different in producing gains in mean test scores among retesters. Subgroup analysis revealed that retesting was used most frequently by students at the lower end of the marking spectrum. Further subgroup analysis revealed no significant difference in the frequency of retesting among sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the five sections. Students' response to the use of retests was over-whelmingly positive.

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