The purpose of this study is to evaluate how science lecturers in tertiary institutions apply testing skills in their testing and examinations. The study was an ex-post factor research design. The identified testing skills used in this study are; test planning, preparation, administration, item analysis, scoring and interpretation of test result. A sample of 80 science lecturers out of a 198 population of lecturers was selected using simple random method. A 42 Items – option Likert type questionnaire was used for data collection, with a reliability of 0.76. Three hypotheses were formulated to guide the study were tested using population t-test, independent t – test, and one – way ANOVA at 0.05 level of significant. The hypotheses are; the application of testing skills among science lecturers in Kogi State University is not significantly high; there is no significant influence of lecturers’ qualification and lecturers’ teaching experience on the application of testing skills. The result obtained among others was that, there is significant influence of lecturers qualification on the application of testing skills used in this study. That lecturers’ teaching experience does not significantly influence application of testing skills, but on the overall, the application of testing skills of science lecturers is not significantly high in Kogi State University, Nigeria. It was recommended that science lecturers should attend seminars on acquisition of testing skill by expert in educational measurement and evaluation, to improve the quality of results and graduated students from sciences, which will improve the development of science and technology among our youths.
Hassana Oseiwu Ali, Kogi State University, Nigeria
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