Making test information available before an exam: does it make a difference to students' test performance?

Ahmed, Rafiuddin (2014) Making test information available before an exam: does it make a difference to students' test performance? In: Proceedings of 29th International Business Research Conference. 711. pp. 1-12. From: 29th International Business Research Conference, 24-25 November 2014, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Students' use of test information to prepare for a test in a controlled or an actual test environment has been examined in studies outside Australia. This paper reports the findings of the use of test information and its value, in terms of an improvement/decline in marks, in an actual test of an undergraduate subject taught at an Australian university. Using a questionnaire survey of 32 students in a third year level management accounting subject, the study finds that students overall don't perceive test information useful, there is no statistically significant difference in performance between specified and unspecified questions, students' scores improve from the use of information and in some instances the improvements are statistically significant between students with different backgrounds. The paper makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the value of information (in terms of test scores) in an upcoming test. The study has implications for educators making test information available as a preferred practice or universities using it as part of a policy to improve student retention rates or supplement evaluation of students' learning.

Item ID: 38313
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-922069-64-1
Keywords: test information, final exam, perceptions, test performance, accounting education
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Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 04:15
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 25%
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