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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)

Abstract

In recent years, many tests have begun to be administered on computer. In some cases, the tests are developed for or converted to a computer-based format for no better reason than the trend value. Computerized exams frequently are perceived as being “state of the art” or automatically better than traditional, standardized, paper-and-pencil exams. These clearly are not accurate assumptions, and a testing program should not elect to computerize an exam without strongerreasons than these. Indeed, there are many challenges inherent in computer-based testing, and development of a computerized exam program should not be undertaken lightly. However, while computerized tests are not intrinsically better than paper-and-pencil tests, there are some distinct advantages available in computerized test administration.

Keywords

Item Response Theory Item Type Item Pool Computerize Adaptive Test Computerize Test 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

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

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