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Response Time Effort: A New Measure of Examinee Motivation in Computer-Based Tests

Response Time Effort: A New Measure of Examinee Motivation in Computer-Based Tests When low-stakes assessments are administered, the degree to which examinees give their best effort is often unclear, complicating the validity and interpretation of the resulting test scores. This study introduces a new method, based on item response time, for measuring examinee test-taking effort on computer-based test items. This measure, termed response time effort (RTE), is based on the hypothesis that when administered an item, unmotivated examinees will answer too quickly (i.e., before they have time to read and fully consider the item). Psychometric characteristics of RTE scores were empirically investigated and supportive evidence for score reliability and validity was found. Potential applications of RTE scores and their implications are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Measurement in Education Taylor & Francis

Response Time Effort: A New Measure of Examinee Motivation in Computer-Based Tests

Applied Measurement in Education , Volume 18 (2): 21 – Apr 1, 2005
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1532-4818
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0895-7347
DOI
10.1207/s15324818ame1802_2
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Abstract

When low-stakes assessments are administered, the degree to which examinees give their best effort is often unclear, complicating the validity and interpretation of the resulting test scores. This study introduces a new method, based on item response time, for measuring examinee test-taking effort on computer-based test items. This measure, termed response time effort (RTE), is based on the hypothesis that when administered an item, unmotivated examinees will answer too quickly (i.e., before they have time to read and fully consider the item). Psychometric characteristics of RTE scores were empirically investigated and supportive evidence for score reliability and validity was found. Potential applications of RTE scores and their implications are discussed.

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Applied Measurement in EducationTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 1, 2005

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