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Test Theory: A Unified Treatment / Edition 1

Test Theory: A Unified Treatment / Edition 1

by Roderick P. McDonald


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Test Theory: A Unified Treatment / Edition 1

This book introduces the reader to the main quantitative concepts, methods, and computational techniques needed for the development, evaluation, and application of tests in the behavioral/social sciences, including educational tests. Two empirical examples are carried throughout to illustrate alternative methods. Other data sets are used for special illustrations. Self-contained programs for confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis are available on the Web.

Intended for students of psychology, particularly educational psychology, as well as social science students interested in how tests are constructed and used, prerequisites include a course on statistics.

The programs and data files for this book can be downloaded from

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805830750
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 498
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents: General Introduction. Items and Item Scores. Item and Test Statistics. The Concept of a Scale. Reliability Theory for Total Test Scores. Test Homogeneity, Reliability, and Generalizability. Reliability—Applications. Prediction and Multiple Regression. The Common Factor Model. Validity. Classical Item Analysis. Item Response Models. Properties of Item Response Models. Multidimensional Item Response Models. Comparing Populations. Alternate Forms and the Problem of Equating. An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling. Some Scaling Theory. Retrospective. Appendix: Some Rules for Expected Values.

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