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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 8 | Page No.: 828-832
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2014.828.832
Test-unwiseness Strategies: What Are They?
Abdullah Al Fraidan

Previous literature used to talk about students use some tricks (test wiseness strategies) to maximize their scores without possessing the required knowledge of the construct being tested. This study introduces a new category of test-taking strategies namely test-unwiseness strategies where students lose some deserved marks for using these strategies. Fifteen male and 15 female English Language major university students took three vocabulary tests (the classical multiple choice, a cloze test, a gap filling test with a pool of alternatives). Think aloud protocols and retrospective interviews were used and qualitatively analysed. The results showed that students used five unwise strategies: Changing a correct answer into wrong, selecting unknown answers without attempting to process the question for meaning, not reading the test instructions carefully, not reading the question in full or reading after the gap and use bad time management. The analysis showed some reasons behind using these strategies and suggested ways to overcome this. Beside to proposing a newly adopted model of test-taking strategies.
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Abdullah Al Fraidan , 2014. Test-unwiseness Strategies: What Are They?. Journal of Applied Sciences, 14: 828-832.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2014.828.832


11 March, 2014
Marry Jean:
This is a good and an interesting article.






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