TitleA comparison of item selection techniques and exposure control mechanisms in CATs using the generalized partial credit model
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsPastor, DA, Dodd, BG, Chang, H-H
JournalApplied Psychological Measurement
Publication Languageeng
Keywords(Statistical), Adaptive Testing, Algorithms computerized adaptive testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Item Analysis, Item Response Theory, Mathematical Modeling

The use of more performance items in large-scale testing has led to an increase in the research investigating the use of polytomously scored items in computer adaptive testing (CAT). Because this research has to be complemented with information pertaining to exposure control, the present research investigated the impact of using five different exposure control algorithms in two sized item pools calibrated using the generalized partial credit model. The results of the simulation study indicated that the a-stratified design, in comparison to a no-exposure control condition, could be used to reduce item exposure and overlap, increase pool utilization, and only minorly degrade measurement precision. Use of the more restrictive exposure control algorithms, such as the Sympson-Hetter and conditional Sympson-Hetter, controlled exposure to a greater extent but at the cost of measurement precision. Because convergence of the exposure control parameters was problematic for some of the more restrictive exposure control algorithms, use of the more simplistic exposure control mechanisms, particularly when the test length to item pool size ratio is large, is recommended. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA ) (journal abstract)