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Writing high-quality test items is difficult, but writing questions that go beyond checking knowledge is even more complex.
James Parry, E-Testing Manager at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia, offered some valuable tips on advanced test item construction during a peer discussion at this year’s Questionmark Users Conference.
The PowerPoints from this session will help you distinguish among three levels of test items:

  • Low-complexity – requiring knowledge of single facts
  • Medium-complexity – requiring test takers to know or derive multiple facts
  • High-complexity – requiring test takers to analyze and evaluate multiple facts to solve problems (often presented as scenarios)

The slides relate these levels to Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction and offer pointers for writing performance-based test items based on clear objectives.
Enjoy the presentation below, and save March 4 – 7 next year for the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference in San Antonio, Texas.