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ERIC Number: ED490203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Response Time Effort: A New Measure of Examinee Motivation in Computer-Based Tests
Wise, Steven L.; Kong, Xiaojing
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Montreal, Canada, Apr 2005)
When low-stakes assessments are administered to examinees, the degree to which examinees give their best effort is often unclear, complicating the validity and interpretation of the resulting test scores. This study introduces a new method for measuring examinee test-taking effort on computer-based test items based on item response time. This measure, termed response time effort (RTE), is based on the hypothesis that when administered an item, unmotivated examinees will answer too quickly (i.e., before they had time to read and fully consider the item). Psychometric characteristics of RTE scores were empirically investigated and supportive evidence for score reliability and validity was found. Potential applications of RTE scores and their implications are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A