Adaptive Testing

Adaptive Testing

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Individualized assessment technique that automatically determines the examinee's ability level, determining which questions are presented based on prior responses. It is also called tailored testing. As test takers respond to test items, the test "adapts" itself by selecting the next item to be presented on the basis of performance. For example, if a test taker performs well on a set of intermediate-level questions, the computer will proceed to a set of advanced-level questions. If the test taker performs poorly on intermediate-level questions, the next question set will contain novice-level items. Testing stops when the performance at a given level is shown to be the test taker's highest sustainable performance. [1]


  1. July 2008), Wikipedia (23 July 2008); Instructor Competencies – Standards for Face-to-Face, Online, and Blended Settings, James D. Klein, M. Michael Spector, Barbara Grabowski, Ileana de la Teja, 2004.