TitleAssisted self-adapted testing: A comparative study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHontangas, P, Olea, J, Ponsoda, V, Revuelta, J, Wise, SL
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAdaptive Testing, Anxiety, Computer Assisted Testing, Psychometrics, Test

A new type of self-adapted test (S-AT), called Assisted Self-Adapted Test (AS-AT), is presented. It differs from an ordinary S-AT in that prior to selecting the difficulty category, the computer advises examinees on their best difficulty category choice, based on their previous performance. Three tests (computerized adaptive test, AS-AT, and S-AT) were compared regarding both their psychometric (precision and efficiency) and psychological (anxiety) characteristics. Tests were applied in an actual assessment situation, in which test scores determined 20% of term grades. A sample of 173 high school students participated. Neither differences in posttest anxiety nor ability were obtained. Concerning precision, AS-AT was as precise as CAT, and both revealed more precision than S-AT. It was concluded that AS-AT acted as a CAT concerning precision. Some hints, but not conclusive support, of the psychological similarity between AS-AT and S-AT was also found. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA ) (journal abstract)