[IPAC-List] promotional exam strategy

Harry.Brull at pdininthhouse.com Harry.Brull at pdininthhouse.com
Tue Jun 28 14:44:16 EDT 2011

This would seem to me as a variant on providing a reading list as a
study guide. In this case, the jurisdiction is directing the candidates
to the issues (items) that are considered important.
I have used a comparable technique in my collegiate teaching.
As for what to call it - beyond an inspired idea - I'd suggest
"item-based exam preparation/study guide".

As for the psychometric properties, I see no reason to expect anything
different than ant content-based multiple choice test - high coefficient
As for what you are really measuring, some combination of job knowledge
and a healthy does of "G".

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A police service is using a test on their local policy and procedures as
part of the promotional process. Candidates are provided with the pool
of items (say 500)...just the stems without the distractors. The test
consists of a subset of multiple choice items(say 100).

The argument is that they want candidates to know all of the p and p,
and it is up to the candidate to prepare themselves. And, exam security
becomes less of a headache.


1. What is this strategy called?

2. Do you have any advice about its use?

3. What do we know about the strategy (e.g. validity, reliability
efficiency etc.)

Ramona Morris

Ontario Police College

Aylmer, Ontario

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