Campus Units

Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Chemical Education

Volume

90

Issue

10

First Page

1310

Last Page

1315

DOI

10.1021/ed400247d

Abstract

The concept of assigning partial credit on multiple-choice test items is considered for items from ACS Exams. Because the items on these exams, particularly the quantitative items, use common student errors to define incorrect answers, it is possible to assign partial credits to some of these incorrect responses. To do so, however, it becomes vital that instructors reach general agreement as to the level of partial credit. Using workshops with instructors, ACS Exams has identified reasons why partial credit could be assigned in an exam set of 70 test items. With partial-credit assignments thus established, polytomous scoring is applied and the effect of such scoring on the overall norm-referenced psychometrics is determined and described. While individual students move within the overall norm, the average influence of polytomous scoring as conceived by the workshops does not substantially change the ability to do norm-based comparisons.

Comments

Reprinted (adapted) with permission from J. Chem. Educ., 2013, 90 (10), pp 1310–1315. Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society.

Copyright Owner

American Chemical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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