A new study conducted by researchers at Boston College suggests that scores on tests taken with paper and pencil might substantially underestimate the achievement of students who are accustomed to working on computers.


The study compared how students with varying levels of computer skills take open-ended tests on computers and on paper. Language arts, math, and science tests were administered to sample groups of eighth-graders to determine whether students tended to do better on computerized tests or using traditional paper and pencil methods.


The study, titled "Testing on Computers: A Follow-Up Study Comparing Performance On Computer and On Paper," was

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