Computerized tests and others new types of tests

Julio Olea, Francisco J. Abad, Juan R. Barrada

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The paper provides a short description of some test types that are earning considerable interest in both research and applied areas. The main feature of a computerized adaptive test is that in despite of the examinees receiving different sets of items, their test scores are in the same metric and can be directly compared. Four other test types are considered: a) model-based tests (a model or theory is available to explain the item response process and this makes the prediction of item difficulties possible), b) ipsative tests (the examinee has to select one among two or more options with similar social desirability; so, these tests can help to control faking or other examinee's response biases), c) behavioral tests (personality traits are measured from non-verbal responses rather than from self-reports), and d) situational tests (the examinee faces a conflictive situation and has to select the option that best describes what he or she will do). The paper evaluates these types of tests, comments on their pros and cons and provides some specific examples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-107
JournalPapeles del Psicologo
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2010


  • Behavioral test
  • Computerized adaptive test
  • Ipsative test and y automatic item generation
  • Situational test


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