Ability Measurement: Conventional or Adaptive.
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Research to date on adaptive sequential, branched, individualized, tailored, programmed, response-contingent ability testing is reviewed and summarized, following a brief review of problems inherent in conventional individual and group approaches to ability measurement. Research reviewed includes empirical, simulation and theoretical studies of adaptive testing strategics. A number of new psychometric problems raised by adaptive testing are discussed, as is the criterion problem in evaluating the utility of adaptive testing. Problems of implementing adaptive testing in a paper and pencil mode, or using special testing machines are reviewed the advantages of computer-controlled adaptive test administration are described. Author Modified Abstract