Advantages & Disadvantages of Various Experimental Designs


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Lorn wants to design an experiment that allows him to look at treatment effects in isolation. Which of the following experimental designs would best fit Lorn's wishes?

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1. Laura wants to ensure that the groups that she is conducting her experiment on are equivalent. Which of the following experimental designs would work best for Laura?

2. Leah wants to conduct an experiment that looks at one independent variable and she only wants to answer a simple research question. Which of the following experimental designs would be best for Leah to use?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and printable worksheet can be used to assess your understanding of different experimental designs. Examples of people using the designs will be covered.

Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo can be used to assess your knowledge of:

  • Experimental designs that don't offer clear results
  • Design that can only answer simple research questions
  • Equivalent groups

Skills Practiced

Use these assessment tools to practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about experimental designs in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related experiment lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve experimental design practice problems

Additional Learning

To learn more about experimental designs, review the accompanying lesson Advantages & Disadvantages of Various Experimental Designs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the pros and cons of different experimental designs
  • Examine limitations to a between-groups design
  • Identify the differences between single-factor and between-groups designs
  • Determine the benefits of within-groups designs
  • Differentiate single vs. multiple factors