Determining the Content for Items: Validity
Determining the content for test items can be a perplexing experience. The item writer may search through textbooks or encyclopedias for grist to put into his or her item-writing mill, only to find that the result is an item whose content is trivial, pedantic, or arcane. Further, the item writer must not only find subject matter that is above the inconsequential, but in order to write items that tap complex cognitive processes, he or she must also judge the level of mental processing required of examinees to respond to a particular item. It is important to appreciate this point because determining appropriate content for items requires a complex view of items as measures not just of subject content but of psychological processes as well.
KeywordsTest Item Item Specification Common Noun Test Developer Item Format
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