[IPAC-List] Appealed Items

Patrick McCoy Patrick.McCoy at cfp-psc.gc.ca
Mon Oct 17 14:26:48 EDT 2016

Interesting scenario Dennis:
Seems to me that it might be safest to give credit for both A and B,
assuming that groups of competent SMEs helped to establish both
Calculating the item-total correlation might also help in determining
whether to go with A & B or whether or not the item should be dropped.
Pat McCoy
Ottawa, Canada

>>> Dennis Doverspike <dennisdoverspike at gmail.com> 2016/10/17 12:43 PM
You are working for a city producing the final scoring key for a test.
An item has been appealed where the original best answer was "A." The
test review committee considers an appeal that "B" is the best answer,
and agrees that "B" is the best answer. This was not simply a typo or
miscoding, the original item writer believed that A was the best

Do you:

1. Score A and B as correct; award one point for each.
2. Only score B as correct, counting A as being wrong.
3. Delete or throw out the item.
4. Give credit to all responses, A, B, C, and D.
5. Other

Does your jurisdiction have a stated or understood practice for
handling such situations?

Do you have a rationale for your practice.

Please feel free to elaborate. Consultants, feel free to offer your
usual practice.


Dennis Doverspike, PhD., ABPP
Licensed Psychologist, #3539 (OHIO)
Independent Consultant
Professor of Psychology, University of Akron
dennisdoverspike at gmail.com

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