An analysis of background-color effects on the scores of a computer-based English test

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Abstract

The effects of background colors on the scores of a computer-based English test were analyzed. Eight combinations of black text and a background color were chosen to examine if test takers' scores differed, depending on the characteristics of a background color. Two hundred and forty six Japanese college students participated in the experiment. A computer-based test (CBT) that resembles the TOEIC® Test was used and the subjects, divided into eight groups, answered the same questions displayed on a background of eight different colors. The results showed that the subjects who took the test with light blue and blue background scored the highest and the second highest. Although many CBTs use the combination of a white background and black text, this combination was ranked the second worst. The results indicate that colors with higher values both in luminance and in brightness can cause lower performance, and test taker's color preference does not affect his performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages630-636
Number of pages7
Volume6277 LNAI
EditionPART 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2010 - Cardiff
Duration: 2010 Sep 82010 Sep 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume6277 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2010
CityCardiff
Period10/9/810/9/10

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Keywords

  • background and text colors
  • computer-based test
  • test performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Yamazaki, A. (2010). An analysis of background-color effects on the scores of a computer-based English test. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (PART 2 ed., Vol. 6277 LNAI, pp. 630-636). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6277 LNAI, No. PART 2). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15390-7_65

An analysis of background-color effects on the scores of a computer-based English test. / Yamazaki, Atsuko.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 6277 LNAI PART 2. ed. 2010. p. 630-636 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6277 LNAI, No. PART 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Yamazaki, A 2010, An analysis of background-color effects on the scores of a computer-based English test. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). PART 2 edn, vol. 6277 LNAI, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), no. PART 2, vol. 6277 LNAI, pp. 630-636, 14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2010, Cardiff, 10/9/8. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15390-7_65
Yamazaki A. An analysis of background-color effects on the scores of a computer-based English test. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). PART 2 ed. Vol. 6277 LNAI. 2010. p. 630-636. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); PART 2). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15390-7_65
Yamazaki, Atsuko. / An analysis of background-color effects on the scores of a computer-based English test. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 6277 LNAI PART 2. ed. 2010. pp. 630-636 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); PART 2).
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