Monday, May 2, 2016

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Testing: Item Analysis

Note: This was originally published on one of my earlier blogs (March, 2013)
I thoroughly enjoyed studying language testing in graduate school, entering test scores and playing with the spreadsheets. As Testing Coordinator, I have begun in recent semesters to run item analyses on our listening tests in order to identify areas needing improvement.

I have mainly been checking item difficulty, item discrimination, and distractor analysis, entering the data and comments onto a draft of the exam. This makes it easier for teachers to interpret the data and know how revise the problematic items or distractors. See a sample analysis of one of my listening tests, as well as the actual test with comments.