TitleMHK-MST Design and the Related Simulation Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsYuyu, L, Chenglin, Z, Jie, R
Conference NameIACAT 2017 Conference
Date Published08/2017
PublisherNiigata Seiryo University
Conference LocationNiigata, Japan
Keywordslanguage testing, MHK, multistage testing

The MHK is a national standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese minorities’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives; Computerized multistage adaptive testing (MST) is a combination of conventional paper-and-pencil (P&P) and item level computerized adaptive test (CAT), it is a kind of test forms based on computerized technology, take the item set as the scoring unit. It can be said that, MST estimate the Ability extreme value more accurate than conventional paper-and-pencil (P&P), also used the CAT auto-adapted characteristic to reduce the examination length and the score time of report. At present, MST has used in some large test, like Uniform CPA Examination and Graduate Record Examination(GRE). Therefore, it is necessary to develop the MST of application in China.

Based on consideration of the MHK characteristics and its future development, the researchers start with design of MHK-MST. This simulation study is conducted to validate the performance of the MHK -MST system. Real difficulty parameters of MHK items and the simulated ability parameters of the candidates are used to generate the original score matrix and the item modules are delivered to the candidates following the adaptive procedures set according to the path rules. This simulation study provides a sound basis for the implementation of MHK-MST.

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