2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Student Behavior in Selecting an Exam Time in a Computer-Based Testing Facility

Presented at Technology-Related Educational Research

A Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF) can provide students
flexibility regarding when they take exams. By analyzing the data
from the service that students used to schedule their exams, we can
learn about student preferences and behaviors regarding their exam
times. This paper explores the exam times that students choose, when
students make and change their reservations, and the correlation between
when students choose to take exams and their exam performance.

Among our results, we find that students prefer to take exams in late
afternoon/early evening towards the end of the exam period. In
addition, we find that students frequently re-schedule when they take
exams; 42% of reservations are later canceled/rescheduled. Finally,
we find that there is a correlation between how early in the exam
period a student takes an exam and their score on the exam.

  1. Prof. Craig Zilles University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign [biography]
  2. Prof. Matthew West University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign [biography]
  3. David Mussulman University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign [biography]
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