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Practical Considerations in Computer-Based Testing

  • Cynthia G. Parshall
  • Judith A. Spray
  • John C. Kalohn
  • Tim Davey

Part of the Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences book series (SSBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 1-12
  3. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 13-33
  4. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 34-46
  5. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 47-69
  6. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 70-91
  7. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 92-105
  8. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 106-125
  9. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 126-152
  10. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 153-168
  11. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 169-193
  12. Cynthia G. Parshall, Judith A. Spray, John C. Kalohn, Tim Davey
    Pages 194-209
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 210-222

About this book

Introduction

This book introduces computer-based testing, addressing both nontechnical and technical considerations. The material is oriented toward practitioners and graduate students. The practical emphasis will be useful to measurement professionals who are or will be responsible for implementing a computerized testing program. The instructional information is also designed to be suitable for a one-semester graduate course in computerized testing in an educational measurement or quantitative methods program. While certain theoretical concepts are addressed, the focus of the book is on the applied nature of computerized testing. For this reason, the materials include such features as example applications, figures, and plots to illustrate critical points in the discussions. A wide range ofnontechnical issues need to be considered in implementing a computer-based testing program. Separate chapters are provided on test administration and development issues, examinee issues, software issues, and innovative item types. Test administration and delivery issues include the location of exam administration, selection of hardware and software, security considerations, scheduling of administration frequency and time limits, cost implications, and program support as well as approaches for addressing reliability, validity, comparability, and data analysis. Examinee issues include the influence ofexaminees' reactions to adaptive testing, the effect ofcomputer­ based task constraints, and the impact of examinees' prior computer experience. Software issues include usability studies and software evaluation as tools in selecting and developing appropriate software, based on the test program needs.

Keywords

classification computer computer-based testing control design development education evaluation innovation interfaces metrics online testing usability user interface

Authors and affiliations

  • Cynthia G. Parshall
    • 1
  • Judith A. Spray
    • 2
  • John C. Kalohn
    • 2
  • Tim Davey
    • 3
  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.ACT, Inc.Iowa CityUSA
  3. 3.Educational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-0083-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-98731-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0083-0
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