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HOW to create adaptive tests?

Testing is a hot issue in both the business world and in education. Companies, managers, authorities, schools, students, parents and teachers; all are trying to find evidence on the actual competence an knowledge level of an employee or student. What has been the result of a training course? How well is a student doing? Various testing forms can be applied. What is the specific purpose of adaptive testing?


Most tests are static and try to get a representative snapshot of the proficiency of an individual at the moment of testing. Objective is to be able to confirm whether or not an individual has developed sufficient knowledge or skills during a training program, in the case of a final test or examination, or to determine whether someone has the right competences to start a specific training program or job (diagnostic test).

Default assessments are not fulfilling the requirement to determine exactly what the current reference level is of someone’s knowledge or skills. The static character of default tests conflicts with the need to flexibly change the difficulty level of questions during a test in order to find out on what level someone is operating at this specific moment.

Adaptive assessments are an answer to the requirement to flexibly adapt the difficulty level of questions during a test. When presenting an adaptive test, questions of a higher or lesser difficulty level are presented depending on the results that a user realizes during the tests. So if someone is making few mistakes on the first number of test questions, he or she will automatically be presented with questions from a higher difficulty level. Conversely, if she or he is providing lots of incorrect answers, the learner will automatically be presented with questions from a lower difficulty level.

At the start of the adaptive test it is unknown what the order and number of questions will be. This is flexibly determined, in real-time, during the course of the test, led by the results on the answers that have already been given. This is the main difference between static and adaptive assessments.

Adaptive assessments are an answer to the requirement to flexibly adapt the difficulty level of questions during a test.

The adaptive tests enable companies to test on what job function level someone is operating. Is someone having the right knowledge and skills that go with his job level? Should he or she be promoted or maybe get additional training to develop competence gaps?

The adaptive tests are also ideal for determining the level at which a foreign language is mastered in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. But also for choosing the right follow up study for a student.

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