Taxonomy of Aptitude Test Items: A Guide for Item Writers
The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment
Posted: 5 Jul 2009
Date Written: August 2009
A taxonomy of aptitude test items is organized based on widely used aptitude tests. The taxonomy is based on three-stage Delphi technique from experts in measurement and test development practitioners. The issues on the need to arrive with a taxonomy of aptitude test items is discussed. The classifications of these items are described and examples of items are provided. The taxonomy created show that the nature of variables measured for each type varies. Through the taxonomy, item writers can be guided on what items to write given the nature of the construct that needs to be measured. The utility value of the taxonomy is discussed.
Keywords: Aptitude test, test development
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