Do Streaks Matter in Multiple Choice Tests?

21 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2013 Last revised: 12 Feb 2016

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Hubert Janos Kiss

Eötvös Loránd University; Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Institute of Economics CERS-HAS (IEHAS)

Adrienn Selei

Eötvös Loránd University

Date Written: February 5, 2016

Abstract

Does students' ’hand tremble after marking three consecutive identical answers in a multiple choice test? We design an experiment to study if students who face a multiple choice test with streaks of identical answers achieve less points and we investigate some potential mechanisms. We do not …find a clear treatment effect, as multiple choice test points were not signi…cantly lower in the treatment group. However, we observe that indeed the likelihood to change to an incorrect answer is higher in the treated group. The number of identical previous answers does not seem to explain these changes to an incorrect answer.

Keywords: belief, experiment, gambler’s fallacy, multiple choice

JEL Classification: C93; D03; D84

Suggested Citation

Kiss, Hubert Janos and Selei, Adrienn, Do Streaks Matter in Multiple Choice Tests? (February 5, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2351990

Hubert Janos Kiss (Contact Author)

Eötvös Loránd University ( email )

Pazmany Peter setany 1A
Budapest, -- H1117
Hungary

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Institute of Economics CERS-HAS (IEHAS) ( email )

Budaorsi ut 45
Budapest, 1112
Hungary

Adrienn Selei

Eötvös Loránd University ( email )

Pazmany Peter setany 1A
Budapest, -- H1117
Hungary

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