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The utility of adaptive testing in addressing the problem of unmotivated examinees


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Journal of Computerized Adaptive Testing, 2(1), 1–17.

By: Steven Wise


In low-stakes testing programs, test developers have the dual responsibilities of developing and administering a high-quality test that can yield valid scores, and motivating examinees to put forth their best effort to perform well on that test. However, unmotivated examinees present a major threat to validity of scores from these types of testing programs. This integrative review examines the motivational benefits of computerized adaptive tests (CATs), and demonstrates that they can have important advantages over conventional tests in both identifying instances when examinees are exhibiting low effort, and effectively addressing the validity threat posed by unmotivated examinees.

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