Proposed PowerPoint-based tests administering approach for large classrooms with limited access to technology
Keywords:Paper-based test, PowerPoint-based test, students’ performance, test administration
The use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in test administration has replaced the traditional paper-based test (PBT) at various educational levels. Among the key benefits of the modern test approaches is the elimination of printed question papers, applicability on a larger number of candidates and transferability to technologically challenging environments. However, teachers in developing countries struggle with large classrooms with limited technological support. Studies have shown different approaches devised by these teachers in delivering lectures and testing learners. This study proposed a PowerPoint-based test (PPBT) especially for testing candidates with minimal computing skills and for environments with limited access to ICTs for the computer-based test. Furthermore, the effect of PPBT on students’ performance was explored using the empirical data generated from two years’ pair of tests in both PBT and PPBT. One paired samples t-test, Person correlation, and descriptive statistical techniques of mean, and standard deviation were used during the data analysis process. The results indicated significant differences in students’ performance with higher performance in PPBT. This study demonstrates the efficacy of using PPBT by teachers under settings with limited access to ICTs.