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

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Technology-Related Educational Research

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Computers in Education

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Craig Zilles University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Craig Zilles is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His current research focuses on computer science education and computer architecture. His research has been recognized by two best paper awards from ASPLOS (2010 and 2013) and by selection for inclusion in the IEEE Micro Top Picks from the 2007 Computer Architecture Conferences. He received the IEEE Education Society's Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award in 2010, a (campus-wise) Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence award in 2013, the NSF CAREER award, and the Univerisity of Illinois College of Engineering's Rose Award and Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to his work on education and computer architecture, he developed the first algorithm that allowed rendering arbitrary three-dimensional polygonal shapes for haptic interfaces (force-feedback human-computer interfaces). He holds 6 patents.

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Matthew West University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Orcid 16x16

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Matthew West is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining Illinois he was on the faculties of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. Prof. West holds a Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. in Pure and Applied Mathematics from the University of Western Australia. His research is in the field of scientific computing and numerical analysis, where he works on computational algorithms for simulating complex stochastic systems such as atmospheric aerosols and feedback control. Prof. West is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and is a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher-Scholar and College of Engineering Education Innovation Fellow.

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David Mussulman University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Dave is an Instructional Technology Facilitator with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Engineering IT Shared Services. He helps instructors select technologies and integrate them into their courses to enhance student success and make course administration easier.

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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.

Zilles, C., & West, M., & Mussulman, D. (2016, June), Student Behavior in Selecting an Exam Time in a Computer-Based Testing Facility Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25896

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