The Impact of a Mock Exam on Undergraduate Contruction Management Student Performance on the National Associate Constructor Certification Exam
Coble, Lana Kay
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This research assessed whether a relationship existed between the independent variable of a mock exam pass/fail grade and the dependent variable of the American Institute of Constructors’ (AIC) associate constructor (AC) certification exam pass/fail grade. The mock exam was reviewed by the Construction Certification Committee (CCC), who conducted a cursory review and determined that the mock exam exhibited face validity. Retrospective quantitative data were analyzed to assess the effectiveness of a mock preparatory exam to ready students for passing the AC National Certification exam administered as an exit requirement for a public university Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in construction science. The mock exam was administered prior to structured test preparation activities for the purpose of providing a pretest, with the actual certification exam serving as the posttest. Data evaluation did show that students who completed the mock exam passed the AIC certification exam with statistically significant results. This body of research includes test preparation techniques employed specifically for the AC National Certification exam, construction management education, and statistical analysis of mock exam pretest and posttest, which span two semesters of collegiate study.