Practical Considerations in Computer-Based Testing / Edition 1

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This book emphasizes the practical side of computer-based testing and presents suggestions, information, and ideas for its actual implementation. Most current references on computer-based testing either cover the topics from a theoretical point of view or present numerous examples of different and often disparate topics that have been assessed using computer-based testing methods.
This book is different. It assumes that the reader may have little or no experience in actually implementing a computer-based testing program, even if knowledgeable about the psychometrics and measurement principles that govern it. It provides guidance and information that can be used to make wise, informed decisions, including the type of computer-based test that should be administered, possible cost to examinees, examinee reactions to the test, scoring issues, computer mode effects, the development of innovative item types, the time and cost needed to create and maintain an item pool, and many more.

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"This very useful book may represent the first effort to pull together the extremely broad areas of research involved in computerized testing and present them in one readable, organized, and applied package…reads very smoothly and presents even difficult material in such a way that someone without a firm grounding in psychometrics can follow the logic of computerized test development. The writing is extremely concise, the material is presented in a logical order, and ample references are provided to support the information given in each chapter…a wonderful resource for any test administrator or test designer who is familiar with the procedure for producing paper-and-pencil tests but who is unsure about how to smooth the transition to a computerized test. The authors do a great service by balancing the instructional information with many warnings about the unexpected psychometric and practical pitfalls of a computerized testing program…It is refreshing to see this material presented in a way that conveys neither overenthusiastic optimism nor dire pessimism…helpful for those who are looking for an introductory guidebook that exposes some of the practical advantages of computerized tests."

"This book is devoted to computer-based testing with emphasis on its practical side. It includes both technical and nontechnical considerations. Material is oriented towards practitioners and graduate students. … The book can be useful for practitioners and students involved into preparation and evaluation of computer-based testing." (Marie Huškova, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1014, 2003)

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Table of Contents

Considerations in Computer-Based Testing
• Issues in Test Administration and Development
• Examinee Issues
• Software Issues
• Issues in Innovative Item Types
• Computerized Fixed Tests
• Automated Test Assembly for Online Administration
• Computerized Adaptive Tests
• Computerized Classification Tests
• Item Pool Evaluation and Maintenance
• Comparison of the Test Delivery Methods

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