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homework twice a week for 50 percent of their grade. The
test method was chosen by 33.9 percent with 19.5 percent
choosing quizzes? just 4.2 percent of the students wanted
a midsemester and final examination only.
Question number two asked which of the four testing
strategies, or combinations of them, the student preferred.
The homework and test strategy combination was picked most
by each of the four classes in this study: Homework class
(56.8%), Quiz class (27.3%), Test class (59.1%), and
Control class (23.1%). The Control class also chose the
single testing strategy at a 23.1 percent rate. Combining
the four classes showed that 41.5 percent of the 118
students preferred to hand in homework and take tests
regularly. This choice was favored by almost three to one
over the second choice (14.4%): quizzes and homework
Summary of Findings
The results of the study are summarized in the
1. There was a significant correlation between each
of the pretest variables and the criterion variable of
performance in college algebra. The pretest variables were
achievement in algebra, pretest attitude towards mathe-
matics, and achievement in arithmetic.
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Johnson, Charles W. (Charles Windle). The Association Between Testing Strategies and Performance in College Algebra, Attitude Towards Mathematics, and Attrition Rate, dissertation, May 1987; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc330880/m1/96/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .