But in the end, I was able to take what was in this work and with just a little additional research put together a training program for test item writers that I felt would give them (and me) the groundwork necessary to create a good test out of nothing.Multiple choice test items can be written to assess various levels of learning outcomes, from basic recall to application, analysis, and evaluation.Like its predecessor, the content of this new book is based on both an extensive review of the literature and on its author's long experience in the testing field.It is very timely in this era of burgeoning testing programs, especially when these items are delivered in a computer-based environment. Comprehensive and Flexible - No other book so thoroughly covers the field of test item development and its various applications.But most of those asides were self-contained and easy to skim, so it worked out fine.This isn't to say that writing these kinds of items is easy.
This book will be of interest to anyone who develops test items for large-scale assessments, as well as teachers and graduate students who desire the most comprehensive and authoritative information on the design and validation of multiple-choice test items. Do you like writing multiple choice test items that exhibit desirable psychometric properties? Then Developing and Validating Multiple-Choice Test Items by Thomas Haladyna is for you!Glibness aside, I actually did find this to be a pretty useful book and it'll be kept within easy reach as a reference book in my office.I picked it up because I was developing a high stakes, multiple-choice test for a work project and wanted to make sure I was doing things right and covering all Hey kids!Focus on Validity - Validity, the most important consideration in testing, is stressed throughout and is based on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, currently under revision by AERA, APA, and NCME Illustrative Examples - The book presents various selected and constructed response formats and uses many examples to illustrate correct and incorrect ways of writing items.Strategies for training item writers and developing large numbers of items using algorithms and other item-generating methods are also presented.