Do continuous assessment results affect final exam outcomes? Evidence from a microeconomics course


  • Juan Carlos Reboredo Universidade de Santiago de Compostela



Continuous assessment, final exam performance, conditional dependence


Continuous assessment aims to enhance student learning and understanding of a subject and so achieve better educational outcomes. We investigated how continuous assessment grades affected final exam grades. Using a dataset for six academic post-Bologna Process years (2009-2015) for a first-year undergraduate microeconomics course offered at a Spanish public university, we examined conditional dependence between continuous assessment and final exam grades. Our results would indicate a limited contribution of continuous assessment results to final exam results: the probability of the final exam performance improving on the continuous assessment grade was lower than the probability of the opposite occurring. A consistent exception, however, was students who obtained an A grade for continuous assessment. Our results would cast some doubt on the beneficial effects of continuous assessment advocated by the Bologna Process.


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Juan Carlos Reboredo, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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How to Cite

Reboredo, J. C. (2017). Do continuous assessment results affect final exam outcomes? Evidence from a microeconomics course. Multidisciplinary Journal for Education, Social and Technological Sciences, 4(1), 88–101.