TitleComparing Simple Scoring With IRT Scoring of Personality Measures: The Navy Computer Adaptive Personality Scales
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsOswald, FL, Shaw, A, Farmer, WL
JournalApplied Psychological Measurement

This article analyzes data from U.S. Navy sailors (N = 8,956), with the central measure being the Navy Computer Adaptive Personality Scales (NCAPS). Analyses and results from this article extend and qualify those from previous research efforts by examining the properties of the NCAPS and its adaptive structure in more detail. Specifically, this article examines item exposure rates, the efficiency of item use based on item response theory (IRT)–based Expected A Posteriori (EAP) scoring, and a comparison of IRT-EAP scoring with much more parsimonious scoring methods that appear to work just as well (stem-level scoring and dichotomous scoring). The cutting-edge nature of adaptive personality testing will necessitate a series of future efforts like this: to examine the benefits of adaptive scoring schemes and novel measurement methods continually, while pushing testing technology further ahead.