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From: George Demetrion (
Date: Thu Mar 24 2005 - 15:11:03 EST

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We have a group of advanced (pre-GED level) students who scored in the
228-235 range of the CASAS.  Based on 38 multiple choice questions they
got from 5-12 questions wrong.  The tutor was perplexed because she had
taught many of the content items identified on the assessment.

I looked at the common questions that 3 or more students got wrong and
concluded the issue was less the content than the combination of the
phrasing of the question and the prompt that was available to answer the
question in which the information required could be very difficult to

The assessment I shared with the tutor was that the issue was less the
content per se than the ability of the students to extract the required
information, and that what they might need is practice on, for example,
the GED pre test or pre-GED materials in answering questions from those
long, dense paragraphs that we all know and love.  That made sense to
her and she will make some changes in her instructional program

George Demetrion

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