PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES ANALYSIS OF BASIC CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION FOR FRENCH MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST ITEMS OF 2013, 2014 AND 2015 IN ANAMBRA STATE

PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 2018

AUTHOR: Okeke-Okoye Ogechukwu Juliet
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

Abstract
The purpose of the research is to find out the psychometric properties of French multiple-choice
test items administered by Ministry of Education for Basic Education Certificate Examination
(BECE) students and commonly known as “Junior WAEC” in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Three
research questions guided the research. The descriptive survey research design was used. The
population of the study comprised of French language multiple-choice tests administered in 2013,
2014 and 2015, also the 6,207 BECE students in government-owned schools in Awka education
zone in Anambra State. A sample size of 420 junior secondary students was selected using simple
random sampling. The method for data analysis was item analysis determining the difficulty
indices, discrimination indices and distracter indices. The difficulty indices for the BECE for
French multiple-choice test items revealed that for 2013, 2014, 2015 were 63%, 70%, 72% had
acceptable difficulty indices respectively. The analyses of discrimination indices for the BECE for
French multiple-choice test items revealed that for 2013 63% of the items discriminated well, 10%
showed negative while 27% did not discriminate well. For 2014 75% of the French multiplechoice
test items discriminated well while 25% did not and for 2015, 62% of the French test items
discriminated well and 38% did not. The distracter indices revealed 86%, 88%, 75% for 2013,
2014 and 2015 respectively. Based on the findings, it was recommended that there should be
seminars and workshops for French test items developers, examiners and supervisors.

Keywords: French language, psychometric properties, item analysis

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