Outlier detection in high-stakes college entrance testing

R.R. Meijer

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In this study we discuss recent developments of person-fit analysis in the context of computerized adaptive testing (CAT). Methods from statistical process control are discussed that have been proposed to classify an item score pattern as fitting or misfitting the underlying item response theory (IRT) model in a CAT. Most person-fit research in CAT is restricted to simulated data. In this study, empirical data from a high-stakes test are used. Alternative methods to generate norm distributions to allow the determination of bounds are discussed. These bounds may be used to classify item score patterns as fitting or misfitting. Using bounds determined from the sample, the empirical analysis indicated that different types of misfit can be distinguished. Possibilities to use this method as a diagnostic instrument are discussed.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationNewton, PA, USA
PublisherLaw School Admission Council
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005

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NameLSAC research report series
PublisherLaw School Admission Council


  • IR-104281

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