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SHOULD YOU CHANGE? AN EXAMINATION OF CHANGING ANSWERS ON MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS IN AN INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSE

SHOULD YOU CHANGE? AN EXAMINATION OF CHANGING ANSWERS ON MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS IN AN INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSE,Hirotoshi Takeda

SHOULD YOU CHANGE? AN EXAMINATION OF CHANGING ANSWERS ON MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS IN AN INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSE  
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This is research in progress taking an exploratory look at the issue of changing one's answers on a multiple choice exam. Past research has provided support for conclusions ranging from the old adage of not changing your answer and going with one's first instinct, to concluding that changing answers results in more correct answers. The data of this study was taken from an introductory Information Systems course. Exams were conducted using a 4 choice multiple choice exam. Test submissions from students over a two year period were analyzed. The data was visually analyzed. This study examined whether changing answers resulted in correct or incorrect answers. Data was compared with the actual grade received on the exam. The data revealed there to be a higher instance of students changing their answer from a wrong answer to the correct answer rather than from a correct to incorrect answer by a margin of 2 to 1. The changes in answers to the correct answer seemed to correlate positively with grade, and changes in answer from the correct answer to an incorrect answer seemed to correlate negatively with grade.
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