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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2018; 15: 33.
Published online December 27, 2018.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2018.15.33
[Epub ahead of print]
The relationship of individual examinee characteristics and acceptability of smart device-based testing to test score in the practice test of the Korea Emergency Medicine Technician Licensing Examination
Eun Young Lim1  , Mi Kyoung Yim2  , Sun Huh3 
1Division of Educational Evaluation, Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, Jincheon, Korea
2Research and Development Division, Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute, Seoul, Korea
3Department of Parasitology and Institute of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea
Correspondence  Sun Huh ,Email: shuh@hallym.ac.kr
Editor:  A Ra Cho, The Catholic University of Korea, Korea
Submitted: October 16, 2018  Accepted after revision: December 27, 2018
Abstract
Purpose:
Smart device-based testing (SBT) began to be introduced in the Republic of Korea’s high-stakes examination system, starting with the Korea Emergency Medicine Technician Licensing Examination (KEMTLE) in December 2017. In order to minimize how variation in examinees’ environment may affect the test score, it aimed to identify any variables related to individual characteristics and acceptability that are related to the examinees’ test scores in the SBT practice test.
Method:
Out of 569 candidate students who were administered the KEMTLE on September 12, 2015, 560 students responded to the survey questionnaire on the acceptability of SBT after the examination. The questionnaire addressed 8 individual characteristics: 2 satisfaction, 9 convenience, and 9 preference items. Comparison analysis between individual variables was performed. Furthermore, generalized linear model (GLM) analysis to find the effect of individual characteristics and acceptability of SBT on test score were conducted.
Results:
Among those who preferred SBT compared to paper-and-pencil testing, test scores were higher for male participants (M=4.36, SD=0.72) than for female participants (M=4.21, SD=0.73). According to GLM, no variables evaluated, including gender, experiences of CBT(Computer based test), SBT, and using a tablet PC, were statistically significantly different by total score, scores on multimedia items, or scores on text items.
Conclusion:
The variables of individual characteristics and acceptability of SBT did not affect the SBT practice test scores of emergency medicine technician students in Korea. Adoption of SBT for the KEMTLE should be possible to execute without interference from the variables examined in this study.
Keywords: Emergency medical technicians; Licensure; Linear models; Personal satisfaction; Students; Republic of Korea
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