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ERIC Number: ED520124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
Practical Considerations in Computer-Based Testing
Educational Testing Service
Choosing whether to test via computer is the most difficult and consequential decision the designers of a testing program can make. The decision is difficult because of the wide range of choices available. Designers can choose where and how often the test is made available, how the test items look and function, how those items are combined into test forms, and how those forms produce scores. The decision is consequential because it can impact every aspect of the testing process, from item development and test assembly, through test delivery and response collection, to the scoring and reporting of results. This paper is intended to assist in some small way those practitioners who are struggling with the decision of whether to test on computer and how they might best go about doing so. It is not intended to provide an introduction to the important methods and to the considerations that dictate use of those methods. To make truly informed decisions, one would need to be at least conversant--if not quite familiar--with most of the references listed in this paper. In short, this is not a roadmap intended to precisely direct practitioners on their journey to computerized delivery, but rather more a guidebook highlighting some of the landmarks they will likely visit along the way. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service