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Principles and Methods of Test Construction

Standards and Recent Advances

Edited by: Karl Schweizer, Christine DiStefano

Range: Psychological Assessment – Science and Practice - Volume 3

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Leading experts describe the state-of-the-art in developing and constructing psychometric tests

This latest volume in the series Psychological Assessment – Science and Practice describes the current state-of-the-art in test development and construction.
The past 10-20 years have seen substantial advances in the methods used to develop and administer tests. In this volume many of the world’s leading authorities collate these advances and provide information about current practices, thus equipping researchers and students to successfully construct instruments using the latest standards and techniques. The volume is organized into five related sections. The first explains the benefits of considering the underlying theory when designing tests, with a focus on factor analysis and item response theory in construction. The second section looks at item format and test presentation. The third discusses model testing and selection, while the fourth goes into statistical methods to identify group-specific biases. The final section discusses current topics of special relevance, such as multi-trait multi-state analyses and development of screening instruments.

Praise for the book

“This book fills an important void in the educational and psychological test development literature. It will be of great value to faculty charged with training the next generation of test developers and measurement scientists, and to practitioners seeking to improve their own test development work. The approach taken by the chapter authors is authoritative and distinctly modern, with an appropriate emphasis on structural equation modeling, item response theory, and the relationship between the two. I was particularly pleased to note that important but often overlooked topics are addressed, such as item position and wording. I certainly plan to use this work in both training and practice.”
R. W. Kamphaus, PhD, Professor and Dean at the College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA

“What a wonderful book! I’m impressed by the range of topics covered and how well written and easy to understand each chapter is, without compromising on the technical details. It will prove to be a wonderful resource for graduate students learning about test construction and related models, as well as for experienced researchers who need a refresher.”
Karen Nylund-Gibson, PhD, Associate Professor of Quantitative Research Methods, Department of Education, University of California,Santa Barbara, CA, USA

“This book offers a great line-up of topics and expert authors presenting the current state of the art of test construction. The depth and breadth of the presentations make this book an indispensable asset – both for experts in test construction and for those embarking on a career in the field.”
Matthias Ziegler, PhD, Chair for Psychological Assessment, Department of Psychology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

“This book is indispensable for all who want an up-to-date resource about constructing valid tests. It gives a state-of-the-art overview of both the foundations and important advanced topics, such as adaptive testing and measurement invariance, as well as central issues on item construction and both factor analytic and item response theory methods required for constructing reliable and valid instruments.”
Prof. Dr. Johnny R. J. Fontaine, President of the European Association of Psychological Assessment, Faculty of Psychology andEducational Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

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