Computerized adaptive testing with item cloning

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To increase the number of items available for adaptive testing and reduce the cost of item writing, the use of techniques of item cloning has been proposed. An important consequence of item cloning is possible variability between the item parameters. To deal with this variability, a multilevel item response (IRT) model is presented which allows for differences between the distributions of item parameters of families of item clones. A marginal maximum likelihood and a Bayesian procedure for estimating the hyperparameters are presented. In addition, an item-selection procedure for computerized adaptive testing with item cloning is presented which has the following two stages: First, a family of item clones is selected to be optimal at the estimate of the person parameter. Second, an item is randomly selected from the family for administration. Results from simulation studies based on an item pool from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) illustrate the accuracy of these item pool calibration and adaptive testing procedures. Index terms: computerized adaptive testing, item cloning, multilevel item response theory, marginal maximum likelihood, Bayesian item selection.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)249-263
Number of pages15
JournalApplied psychological measurement
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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  • IR-60154

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