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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Michael Scott, Timothy Stelzer, and Gary Gladding
The reliability and validity of professionally written multiple-choice exams have been extensively studied for exams such as the SAT, graduate record examination, and the force concept inventory. Much of the success of these multiple-choice exams is attributed to the careful construction of each question, as well as each response. In this study, the reliability and validity of scores from multiple-choice exams written for and administered in the large introductory physics courses at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign were investigated. The reliability of exam scores over the course of a semester results in approximately a 3% uncertainty in students' total semester exam score. This semester test score uncertainty yields an uncertainty in the students' assigned letter grade that is less than 1/3 of a letter grade. To study the validity of exam scores, a subset of students were ranked independently based on their multiple-choice score, graded explanations, and student interviews. The ranking of these students based on their multiple-choice score was found to be consistent with the ranking assigned by physics instructors based on the students' written explanations ( r>0.94 at the 95% confidence level) and oral interviews (r=0.94?0.09+0.06).
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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- PER Literature
- Lower Undergraduate
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© 2006 American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020102
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
Interviews, Multiple Choice Exams, Reliability, Validity
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Metadata instance created February 7, 2007 by Lyle Barbato
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June 20, 2008 by Lyle Barbato
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M. Scott, T. Stelzer, and G. Gladding, , Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2 (2), (2006), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020102).
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M. Scott, T. Stelzer, and G. Gladding, Evaluating multiple-choice exams in large introductory physics courses, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2 (2), (2006), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020102>.
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Scott, M., Stelzer, T., & Gladding, G. (2006, July 28). Evaluating multiple-choice exams in large introductory physics courses. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 2(2). Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020102
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Scott, M, T. Stelzer, and G. Gladding. "Evaluating multiple-choice exams in large introductory physics courses." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2, no. 2, (July 28, 2006), https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020102 (accessed 8 December 2022).
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Scott, Michael, Timothy Stelzer, and Gary Gladding. "Evaluating multiple-choice exams in large introductory physics courses." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2.2 (2006). 8 Dec. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020102>.
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