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An axiomatization of multiple-choice test scoring

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This note axiomatically justifies a simple scoring rule for multiple-choice tests. The rule permits choosing any number, k, of available options and grants 1/. k-th of the maximum score if one of the chosen options is correct, and zero otherwise. This rule satisfies a few desirable properties: simplicity of implementation, non-negative scores, discouragement of random guessing, and rewards for partial answers. This is a novel rule that has not been discussed or empirically tested in the literature.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
Volume132
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015

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  • Axiomatic approach, Multiple-choice test, Scoring rules

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