ERIC Number: EJ762901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Computerized Adaptive Personality Testing: A Review and Illustration With the MMPI-2 Computerized Adaptive Version.
Forbey, Johnathan D.; Ben-Porath, Yossef S.
Psychological Assessment, v19 n1 p14-24 Mar 2007
Computerized adaptive testing in personality assessment can improve efficiency by significantly reducing the number of items administered to answer an assessment question. Two approaches have been explored for adaptive testing in computerized personality assessment: item response theory and the countdown method. In this article, the authors review the literature on each and report the results of an investigation designed to explore the utility, in terms of item and time savings, and validity, in terms of correlations with external criterion measures, of an expanded countdown method-based research version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the MMPI-2 Computerized Adaptive Version (MMPI-2-CA). Participants were 433 undergraduate college students (170 men and 263 women). Results indicated considerable item savings and corresponding time savings for the adaptive testing modalities compared with a conventional computerized MMPI-2 administration. Furthermore, computerized adaptive administration yielded comparable results to computerized conventional administration of the MMPI-2 in terms of both test scores and their validity. Future directions for computerized adaptive personality testing are discussed.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Computer Assisted Testing, Test Validity, Personality Assessment, Adaptive Testing, Item Response Theory, Undergraduate Students, Test Items, Scores
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory