Saturday, November 19, 2011

Study on SAT and Answering Questions

An interesting study looking at the SAT, answering questions, risk-taking, guessing, and penalties.  From the abstract:

We nd that when no penalty is assessed for a wrong answer, all test-takers
answer every question. But, when there is a small penalty for wrong answers and the task is
explicitly framed as an SAT, women answer signi cantly fewer questions than men. We see
no differences in knowledge of the material or con dence in these test-takers, and differences
in risk preferences fail to explain all of the observed gap. Because the gender gap exists only
when the task is framed as an SAT, we argue that differences in competitive attitudes may drive
the gender differences we observe.

Do you this in your own classroom?

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