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5 Steps to Better Tests Best Practices for Design and Delivery

ATD 2014: Session W304
Doug Peterson | May 06, 2014 | Video

How can you be sure your tests yield actionable, meaningful results that resonate with your organizational goals?  What needs to happen before the first question is written? How can you create questions that are challenging but fair? How many questions should you ask? How can you deliver them safely and securely? And what can you do to make your test as good as it can possibly be?  Effective tests start with thoughtful planning and require skillful item writing, careful assembly, secure delivery, and thorough review.  This session will take participants through five essential steps for producing high-quality tests that yield meaningful results. Plan: Establish your test's reliability and validity, and identify content areas to be covered. Create: Write items that increase the cognitive load, avoid bias, and measure what's important. Build: Pull items together into a test form, develop clear instructions, and set passing scores. Deliver:  Protect test content, control item exposure, protect test content, and  discourage cheating. Evaluate: Use item-, topic-, and test-level data to assess reliability and improve quality. Individuals with experience in item writing, test development, and administration will get pointers for making every stage of test production and evaluation more effective.

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