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 publicationKnowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems - 14th International Conference, KES 2010, Proceedings
Pages630-636
Number of pages7
EditionPART 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 23
Event14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2010 - Cardiff, United Kingdom
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)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period10/9/810/9/10

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Yamazaki, A. K. (2010). An analysis of background-color effects on the scores of a computer-based English test. In Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems - 14th International Conference, KES 2010, Proceedings (PART 2 ed., 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