TitleItem Selection Methods in Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Testing With Polytomously Scored Items
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTu, D, Han, Y, Cai, Y, Gao, X
JournalApplied Psychological Measurement
AbstractMultidimensional computerized adaptive testing (MCAT) has been developed over the past decades, and most of them can only deal with dichotomously scored items. However, polytomously scored items have been broadly used in a variety of tests for their advantages of providing more information and testing complicated abilities and skills. The purpose of this study is to discuss the item selection algorithms used in MCAT with polytomously scored items (PMCAT). Several promising item selection algorithms used in MCAT are extended to PMCAT, and two new item selection methods are proposed to improve the existing selection strategies. Two simulation studies are conducted to demonstrate the feasibility of the extended and proposed methods. The simulation results show that most of the extended item selection methods for PMCAT are feasible and the new proposed item selection methods perform well. Combined with the security of the pool, when two dimensions are considered (Study 1), the proposed modified continuous entropy method (MCEM) is the ideal of all in that it gains the lowest item exposure rate and has a relatively high accuracy. As for high dimensions (Study 2), results show that mutual information (MUI) and MCEM keep relatively high estimation accuracy, and the item exposure rates decrease as the correlation increases.