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ERIC Number: EJ1123862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0731-1745
Can a Two-Question Test Be Reliable and Valid for Predicting Academic Outcomes?
Bridgeman, Brent
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v35 n4 p21-24 Win 2016
Scores on essay-based assessments that are part of standardized admissions tests are typically given relatively little weight in admissions decisions compared to the weight given to scores from multiple-choice assessments. Evidence is presented to suggest that more weight should be given to these assessments. The reliability of the writing scores from two of the large volume admissions tests, the GRE General Test (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT), based on retesting with a parallel form, is comparable to the reliability of the multiple-choice Verbal or Reading scores from those tests. Furthermore, and even more important, the writing scores from both tests are as effective as the multiple-choice scores in predicting academic success and could contribute to fairer admissions decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations; Test of English as a Foreign Language
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