TitleThe effect of item pool restriction on the precision of ability measurement for a Rasch-based CAT: comparisons to traditional fixed length examinations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsHalkitis, PN
JournalJ Outcome Meas
Publication Languageeng
Accession Number9661734
Keywords*Decision Making, Computer-Assisted, Comparative Study, Computer Simulation, Education, Nursing, Educational Measurement/*methods, Human, Models, Statistical, Psychometrics/*methods

This paper describes a method for examining the precision of a computerized adaptive test with a limited item pool. Standard errors of measurement ascertained in the testing of simulees with a CAT using a restricted pool were compared to the results obtained in a live paper-and-pencil achievement testing of 4494 nursing students on four versions of an examination of calculations of drug administration. CAT measures of precision were considered when the simulated examine pools were uniform and normal. Precision indices were also considered in terms of the number of CAT items required to reach the precision of the traditional tests. Results suggest that regardless of the size of the item pool, CAT provides greater precision in measurement with a smaller number of items administered even when the choice of items is limited but fails to achieve equiprecision along the entire ability continuum.