A Review of Research in Tailored Testing,
ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)
Pagination or Media Count:
Tailored testing is a method of psychological measurement that sets out in some degree to match the questions asked in a test to the person taking it. Matching may be achieved, for example, by using performance on earlier questions to select a subsequent question. The necessary flexibility is most conveniently available using a computer-assisted presentation in which a testee receives questions from an on-line terminal. A tailored test is likely to yield more information from each question than a conventional test. The uniformity of presentation which made conventional tests so widely viable and effective also set a restrictive limit to their efficiency. This review considers research reported up to the second half of 1975. It looks at the general concept of tailored testing and especially at its potential application to selection and allocation in the Army. Tailored testing has developed gradually using statistical methods orginating in the middle 1940s. The last five years, however, have equalled the previous twenty-five in the volume of research reported as computer-assisted possibilities have become more relisable.