PREPARING A COMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR MULTIPLE CHOICE ELECTRONIC TESTS FOR THE OBLIGATORY COURSES AND MEASURING ITS EFFECTS ON THE MALE AND FEMALE STUDENTS IN AL QASSIM UNIVERSITY, SAUDI ARABIA
The educational system, in Saudi Arabia, obliges all university students to study common eight course. The obligatory courses are: Principals of the political system in Islam, Islam and building the society, Introduction to the Islamic literacy, The linguistic skills, Arabic editing, Thinking skills and learning techniques, Economical system in Islam, Communication skills. This study aims to prepare a computer software for the multiple-choice electronic tests and examinations of these courses because of the big numbers of students. The study aims also to explore the male and female students' views in regard with the features of the software and its effects on them: before, during, and after taking the tests. Two questionnaires are prepared for the two purposes. The questionnaires and the software are distributed twice on a group of 35 specialists in education and software design with 4 weeks as a gap time. Thirty two specialists answered the first questionnaire and 30 specialists answered the second one. A statistical analysis, using Microsoft Excel, of the responses of the specialists, shows that the software and questionnaires are highly valid and reliable. An explorative study is applied for one of the obligatory courses and the first questionnaire was distributed to the male (197) and female (135) students. The application was done in the first semester of the university year 1435/1436 Hejri (2014/2015). Based on the responses of the students, the software is updated. The updated version of the software is finally applied to the male (1973) and female (1584) students and the second questionnaire was answered by all the students took the tests. Results of the final application proved the study hypotheses.