TitleA comparative study of item exposure control methods in computerized adaptive testing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsChang, S-W, Ansley, TN
JournalJournal of Educational Measurement
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAdaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational, Item Analysis (Statistical), Measurement, Strategies computerized adaptive testing

This study compared the properties of five methods of item exposure control within the purview of estimating examinees' abilities in a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) context. Each exposure control algorithm was incorporated into the item selection procedure and the adaptive testing progressed based on the CAT design established for this study. The merits and shortcomings of these strategies were considered under different item pool sizes and different desired maximum exposure rates and were evaluated in light of the observed maximum exposure rates, the test overlap rates, and the conditional standard errors of measurement. Each method had its advantages and disadvantages, but no one possessed all of the desired characteristics. There was a clear and logical trade-off between item exposure control and measurement precision. The M. L. Stocking and C. Lewis conditional multinomial procedure and, to a slightly lesser extent, the T. Davey and C. G. Parshall method seemed to be the most promising considering all of the factors that this study addressed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA )