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Exploring the impact of cumulative testing on academic performance of undergraduate students in Spain

  • Josep Domenech
  • Desamparados Blazquez
  • Elena de la Poza
  • Ana Mun͂oz-Miquel
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Abstract

Frequent testing provides opportunities for students to receive regular feedback and to increase their motivation. It also provides the instructor with valuable information on how course progresses, thus making it possible to solve the problems encountered before it is too late. Frequent tests with noncumulative contents have been widely analysed in the literature with inconclusive results. However, cumulative testing methods have hardly been reported in higher education courses. This paper analyses the effect of applying an assessment method based on frequent and cumulative tests on student performance. Our results show that, when applied to a microeconomics course, students who were assessed by a frequent, cumulative testing approach largely outperformed those assessed with a single final exam.

Keywords

Frequent testing Student performance Microeconomics Feedback 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josep Domenech
    • 1
  • Desamparados Blazquez
    • 1
  • Elena de la Poza
    • 1
  • Ana Mun͂oz-Miquel
    • 2
  1. 1.Universitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Universitat Jaume ICastelló de la PlanaSpain

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