Systematizing the Item Content in Test Design

  • Fons J. R. van de Vijver


Traditionally, constructing a test frequently amounts to writing a number of items, administering these items to a large sample of subjects, and—on the basis of these data—selecting a set of apparently appropriate items. This procedure cannot be expected to yield instruments that will satisfy the assumptions of item response theory (for a recent overview of these the reader is referred to Hambleton & Swaminathan, 1985). The weak spot in this procedure is the item writing. Items frequently differ in many ways, some of them of interest to the investigator, but some of them hardly specifiable.


Likelihood Ratio Test Item Response Theory Design Matrix Test Design Latent Trait 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fons J. R. van de Vijver
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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