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TESTS AND MANAGING TEST FORM FILES
Executing the tasks
necessary to construct a test and accessing information about a particular
test form is made easy with SMT-Bank. All of the functions associated
with analyzing, creating, editing, formatting, and changing test forms
are accessed through the Test Development Menu.
Using the Create/Edit
A Form File feature, the form lists the item bank numbers in accordance
to each item’s position on an exam. This feature also displays the
item’s corresponding specification area and key. After the creation
of a form file, a user can edit or modify it through this feature.
The new test can be
printed in hard copy using the Print Form File function.
- The Form File
Test Fit feature produces a report specifying precisely how well
the new test conforms with the test specifications, identifying the
content areas that have too many or too few items.
- The Review
a Test function enables the user to view each item on a particular
test form through a Window into each item’s information screen
- The Examination
Mean function provides statistical information about the new test
form’s overall predicted difficulty level, by furnishing a mean
p-value for the item set. This allows the user to understand the degree
to which two forms are parallel in difficulty.
- The Test Production
feature provides camera-ready copy of the new test form in Microsoft
Word for Windows®.
- The Item Grid
Report feature furnishes the user with statistical item information,
indexed by content area, to assess the statistical balance of the test
- The Check
a Key attribute provides information about how the response options
(i.e. A, B, C, D, and/or E) are distributed across the test form.
- The AutoForm
feature enables the user to assemble the test form automatically according
to the test specifications.
- The Test Characteristic
Curve (TCC) function enables the user to view the TCC associated
with the test form for testing programs using IRT (Item Response Theory)
- The Common
Item function allows the user to enter two different form numbers
and request a list of the items that are in common to the two test forms.
- Finally, the Scramble
feature instructs the system to randomly rearrange the items on the
test form with the touch of one button, thus creating a second “version”
of the test.