10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C192

In session C7D  (Wednesday 11th, 9:30-10:30,   Level 2 - Seminar Room 2)

Could open-ended questions be replaced by multiple-choice questions in Statistics exams?


EJ Bakker (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)
Hilde Tobi (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)


EJ Bakker (Netherlands)


Exams of a secondary service course on Statistics at University, covering t-tests, linear regression, 1- and 2-way ANOVA, and non-parametric tests, contained two parts: one with open-ended questions and one with multiple-choice questions, each with 45 credits max. We have student scores (per item) of approximately 4000 first attempts for 12 different exams, some of which are used several (≤ 4) times. Main question is whether we could use multiple-choice questions only in our exams. Besides showing some descriptive statistics for the two parts, and analyses of the relationship between scores for the two parts, we will present results of a series of factor analyses to identify whether the items in the two sets represent different latent traits.

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