ERIC Number: ED274192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Item Banks: Benefits, Constraints and Security Systems.
Mason, Victor W.
Part I discusses the many benefits of having an item bank of four-option multiple-choice questions for test construction in English language instructional programs. The advantages of the item bank include: increased effectiveness, efficiency, and professionalism among teachers and administrators in test development, design, writing, review, and evaluation; greater control and rationale in grouping students according to their proficiency levels; and a more consistent program of high standards in test scoring, grading, and interpretation. Part II addresses the strengths and limitations of the four-option multiple-choice format, and related considerations such as item weighting, the length, difficulty, and timing of parts that affect test administration and item bank development. Part III outlines administrative procedures for use before and after test administration to preserve the security of the item bank. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Brighton, England, April 1-4, 1986).