ERIC Number: ED183191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Look at Computer-Assisted Testing Operations. The Illinois Series on Educational Application of Computers, No. 12e.
Muiznieks, Viktors; Dennis, J. Richard
In computer assisted test construction (CATC) systems, the computer is used to perform the mechanical aspects of testing while the teacher retains control over question content. Advantages of CATC systems include question banks, decreased importance of test item security, computer analysis and response to student test answers, item analysis assistance, capability of being integrated into individualized instructional programs, performance of clerical tasks, system availability, and question generation following a prespecified pattern. Major features of CATC systems include item banking, generation, attribute banking, and selection, as well as test scoring, printing, and interactive computer testing in linear and branched formats with sequential and multi-staged approaches. Major limitations of CATC systems include possible lack of lower case letters, character type limitations, lack of pictorial information presentation capability, no backspacing capability, difficulty in printing subscripts or superscripts, and inability to control the quality of item bank materials. Five existing CATC projects are described, and relative costs of CATC are discussed. This resource for preservice and inservice teacher training includes an 85-item bibliography. (CMV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Secondary Education.
Note: Best copy available; For related documents, see IR 008 123-139.