Computer-based testing in Nigeria’s university entrants’ matriculation examination: readiness and acceptability of critical stake-holders

Computer-based testing in Nigeria’s university entrants’ matriculation examination: readiness and acceptability of critical stake-holders

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Computer-based testing in Nigeria's university entrants' matriculation examination: readiness and acceptability of critical stake-holders

Entrants into universities in Nigeria are selected through a nation-wide paper-and-pencil Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination administered by government-established body called Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). In 2013, JAMB introduced computer-based testing (CBT) version of this selection examination, with the plan of making the CBT version the only one in the next few years. There were mixed reactions to this critical innovation in large-scale assessment in Nigeria. The purpose of this study was to determine the acceptability and readiness levels of critical stake-holders (students) to this innovation. The research design was survey. The sample for the study comprised 600 final year students in 10 secondary schools in Cross River State, Nigeria, using stratified random sampling to take care of gender, school location and school proprietorship variables. A structured questionnaire (with reliability of .81) was used to collect data, which were analyzed with percentage, mean, t-test and ANOVA. The results indicate that the level of readiness for CBT is high, but that of acceptability is moderate, with a relatively higher preference by students federal government owned and privately owned schools. It is concluded that Nigerian students are supportive of innovations that would ensure international best practices in the nation’,s school system.(Keywords: e-assessment, computer-based testing, students’, perception)

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