Assessment Literacy Self-Study Quiz #10
by Tim Newfields
This ongoing column about testing, statistics, and assessment in a quiz format is designed to promote greater assessment literacy.
Suggested answers to all of the problems below are online at http://jalt.org/test/SSA10.htm.
Part I: Open Questions
What does a regression fallacy refer to? How can it be avoided?
What is test maintenance? What sort of test maintenance procedures should schools creating their own entrance exams employ?
What is questionnaire acquiescence? Why should it be of concern to survey designers? How can it be reduced?
In a fixed choice test, what is the difference between an illegal value and an outlier? How can test designers reduce both of these?
What steps should be taken to discourage the leakage of entrance examination test items onto the Internet while the exams are being held in a manner similar to that happened during the Kyoto, Doshisha, Rikkyo and Waseda university entrance exams of February 2011?