TitlePsychometric and Psychological Effects of Item Selection and Review on Computerized Testing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsRevuelta, J, Ximénez, CM, Olea, J
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement

Psychometric properties of computerized testing, together with anxiety and comfort of examinees, are investigated in relation to item selection routine and the opportunity for response review. Two different hypotheses involving examinee anxiety were used to design test properties: perceived control and perceived performance. The study involved three types of administration of a computerized English test for Spanish speakers (adaptive, easy adaptive, and fixed) and four review conditions (no review, review at end, review by blocks of 5 items, and review item-by-item). These were applied to a sample of 557 first-year psychology undergraduate students to examine main and interaction effects of test type and review on psychometric and psychological variables. Statistically significant effects were found in test precision among the different types of test. Response review improved ability estimates and increased testing time. No psychological effects on anxiety were found. Examinees in all review conditions considered more important the possibility of review than those who were not allowed to review. These results concur with previous findings on examinees' preference for item review and raise some issues that should be addressed in the field of tests with item review.