Perceived effectiveness of computer-based test examination mode for large classes among undergraduates of Nigerian Universities
Implications for social work
Keywords:computer-based test, paper-based test, information communication technologies, undergraduate students
Conducting examinations of large classes is one of the challenges facing Nigerian universities, especially when it involves pen-paper mode. The challenges include examination malpractices and influencing examination grading. This study sought to ascertain the perception of University students on the effectiveness of computer-based tests for large classes. Questionnaire (151) and In-depth Interviews (12) were used to collect data from students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The data were analyzed using quantitative and qualitative methods. Findings revealed that computer-based tests have helped to reduce stress, missing scripts, and examination malpractices. The course of study and adequate knowledge of computers influences views on the effectiveness of computer-based test examination for large classes. However, power and software failure, and insufficient time, challenge the use of computer-based tests. Nigerian universities should pave the way for the full integration of computer-based tests in all examinations. Social workers have an important role to play in this transition, through advocacy and mediation.