As published in the Journal of Applied Testing Technology (JATT) Vol 22(1), 12- 24, 2021

Abstract: 

As assessments move from traditional paper-pencil administration to computer-based administration, many testing programs are incorporating alternative item types (AITs) into assessments with the goals of measuring higher-order thinking, offering insight into problem-solving, and representing authentic real-world tasks. This paper explores multiple applications of AIT items and the psychometric properties of these items, including item response time, difficulty, item-total score correlations, and distractor analyses. The appropriate use of these items is also discussed in the context of professional credentialing exams.

Authors and Affiliations:

  • Amanda A. Wolkowitz, Senior Psychometrician, Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc., 51 W. Center Street, #514, Orem, UT 84057,, United States
  • Brett P. Foley, Director of Professional Credentialing and Senior Psychometrician, Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc., 51 W. Center Street, #514, Orem, UT 84057, United States
  • Jared Zurn, Vice President, Examination, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, 1401 H St NW #500, Washington, DC 20005, United States, United States