Computer Testing...Better or Worse?
By Reagan Bustabad
Identify a Question!
Would students make higher or lower scores testing on computers versus paper?
- I don't like testing on computers and would like to know if it affects my scores.
- Is looking at a computer screen for the required testing hours affect your score?
- Most wedsites have a wide range of answers to this question, but I want to see what results I can get.
- Sitting at a computer too long can be bad for you.
- Most people I know enjoy testing on paper more.
- Study says there is not much difference except that there is more guessing on the computer.
Analyzing the Data!
- The students who took the test on the computer made an average of 90%, two points lower than the average score of the students who took the test on paper.
- The mode of the paper students was one point higher than the computer students.
- Although, the paper students took an hour longer than the computer students.
- The students who took the paper test had better scores, but took longer to complete it.
- I think it could have something to do with how the students on paper can write down there thoughts and highlight whatever they want a little easier.
- Are the better paper test scores because of the environment or because of how they test?
- What would happen if half of the students had a paper test they could not write on, and half of the students had a paper test they could write on? Would the half that could write on the test do better?
- Overall I think the more I do this experiment I will continue to see the paper students will do better, even if it is only by a little.