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Volume 8 Issue 1 (March 2000), Pages 1-39

Psychological Reactions to Adaptive Testing (pages 7-15)

The purpose of the study was to examine how specific aspects of adaptive testing influence test‐takers pre‐test reactions. Specifically, three different psychological reactions were examined in the study: perceived fairness of the test, attitude toward the test, and expectations about the test. Fifty‐three undergraduates were presented with descriptions of hypothetical selection tests that were manipulated to reflect characteristics of adaptive tests that differ from traditional paper‐and‐pencil tests. The results indicate that certain features of adaptive tests, such as the inability to skip questions, may adversely impact test‐takers' reactions. Implications for test designers are discussed.

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