[IPAC-List] Threatening a Penalty for Guessing

Joel Wiesen jwiesen at appliedpersonnelresearch.com
Tue Apr 27 09:19:11 EDT 2010

If a test's instructions say "you may be penalized for questions you
mark incorrectly" and then the grading does not correct for guessing,
what might the effect be?

Has anyone had practical experience with such instructions? Do test
takers pay attention to such instructions?

Is there research on this type of ambiguous ("may be penalized") test

(This particular instruction was used on a speeded (clerical speed)
portion of a longer test for a craft type job.)



Joel P. Wiesen, Ph.D., Director
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