Private room as a test accommodation

Lawrence Lewandowski, Whitney Wood, Tonya Lambert

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The effects of a private vs. group test setting were examined on a reading comprehension test for a sample of typical college students. Participants took Forms G and H of the Nelson Denny Reading Comprehension Test in both private and group (classroom) settings. Contrary to expectations, performance was slightly better in the group setting. Performance was also better during the second session, regardless of setting. There was no setting by session interaction. The correlation between scores in the two settings was quite high, indicating that both settings produced similar results. The findings suggest that a private room does not produce a performance advantage for typical students, thus meeting one of the criteria of a valid test accommodation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2015


  • group testing
  • private testing
  • reading comprehension
  • test accommodations
  • testing college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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