Variable-length computerized classification tests, CCTs, (Lin & Spray, 2000; Thompson, 2006) are a powerful and efficient approach to testing for the purpose of classifying examinees into groups. CCTs are designed by the specification of at least five technical components: psychometric model, calibrated item bank, starting point, item selection algorithm, and termination criterion. Several options exist for each of these CCT components, creating a myriad of possible designs. Confusion among designs is exacerbated by the lack of a standardized nomenclature. This article outlines the components of a CCT, common options for each component, and the interaction of options for different components, so that practitioners may more efficiently design CCTs. It also offers a suggestion of nomenclature. Accessed 17,852 times on https://pareonline.net from January 30, 2007 to December 31, 2019. For downloads from January 1, 2020 forward, please click on the PlumX Metrics link to the right.
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Thompson, Nathan A.
"A Practitioner’s Guide for Variable-length Computerized Classification Testing,"
Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation: Vol. 12
, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/pare/vol12/iss1/1