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Key Benefits for Students:

Immediate Feedback - Providing immediate feedback allows for deeper learning and retention of the subject matter (as proven through published research). Most importantly, the IF-AT guarantees that students will NEVER exit any question, during testing or test preparation, without knowing the correct answer.

Improved Learning and Retention - Research has shown that with the IF-AT, more than 60% of initial mistakes are answered correctly on follow-up tests. Without feedback, initial errors are “learned,” and students repeat errors up to 70-85% of the time on follow-up tests.

More Accurate Assessment – When using the IF-AT on an exam, instructors can give partial credit for proximate knowledge. Partial credit for proximate knowledge is given on essay examinations; now it is also possible with multiple-choice examinations.

Active Learning & Better Test-Taking - The IF-AT system keeps students active in the learning process and allows them to reason through mistakes on their own. Active involvement allows students to take responsibility for their own learning and helps them retain information more effectively.  

Engaging and Fun – The IF-AT has game-like qualities, capturing students’ attention and making assessment more interactive and fun. Research has overwhelmingly proven that students prefer the IF-AT to traditional methods.

Reduces Test Anxiety – Because students have more than one chance to earn points on each question, through partial credit, they may become less likely to panic during the exam – even if their first answer selection is incorrect. With the IF-AT students no longer feel the pressure of an “all or nothing” choice on each exam.


Key Benefits for Instructors:

More Informative to InstructorsThe IF-AT makes it possible to differentiate between students who narrow down their options to 2 choices and those students who are simply guessing. It also helps instructors more accurately to identify problems with their questions or instruction, especially if some questions require multiple attempts from many students. The IF-AT produces better data, which produces better decisions.

Communicates Respect for Learning - The IF-AT communicates to students that the instructor cares about their learning and not simply test scores. Traditional multiple-choice tests communicate that the score is of paramount importance, and students are allowed to walk away from the test in ignorance.

Makes "Building" Questions More Fair - The IF-AT allows students to learn while they are being assessed, allowing instructors to create unique tests on which later questions "build" on information from earlier questions without unfairly penalizing students for prior mistakes.

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