TitleConfidence in pass/fail decisions for computer adaptive and paper and pencil examinations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsBergstrom, BA, Lunz, ME
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Publication Languageeng

Compared the level of confidence in pass/fail decisions obtained with computer adaptive tests (CADTs) and pencil-and-paper tests (PPTs). 600 medical technology students took a variable-length CADT and 2 fixed-length PPTs. The CADT was stopped when the examinee ability estimate was either 1.3 times the standard error of measurement above or below the pass/fail point or when a maximum test length was reached. Results show that greater confidence in the accuracy of the pass/fail decisions was obtained for more examinees when the CADT implemented a 90% confidence stopping rule than with PPTs of comparable test length. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved).