University of Western Australia
Institutional Affiliation: University of Western Australia
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|July 2016||Hit or Miss? Test Taking Behavior in Multiple Choice Exams|
with Ş. Pelin Akyol, Kala Krishna: w22401
We model and estimate the decision to answer questions in multiple choice tests with negative marking. Our focus is on the trade-off between precision and fairness. Negative marking reduces guessing, thereby increasing accuracy considerably. However, it reduces the expected score of the more risk averse, discriminating against them. Using data from the Turkish University Entrance Exam, we find that students' attitudes towards risk differ according to their gender and ability. Women and those with high ability are significantly more risk averse: nevertheless, the impact on scores of such differences is small, making a case for negative marking.