[IPAC-List] Item and Test writing

Dennis Doverspike dennisdoverspike at gmail.com
Sun Aug 30 13:28:46 EDT 2020

IPAC list and others

I am interested on people's opinion on this, and if you know of research on
this all the better,

For jobs where the applicants are expected to have limited reading ability

Would you be more likely to write items, go with items, or prefer items

1) reduce the amount of face valid content and context and thus reading

2) increase the amount of face valid content and context and thus increase
reading level (and also follow strict item writing rules)

For example for a test for a general laborer

1) Low content and low reading level

2 + 2 =

2) High content and high reading level for a test for general laborer

A laborer has a piece of wood that is  two inches long and needs to attach
it to another piece of wood that is two inches long. How long will the
board be once the pieces of wood are attached?

another one

1) What tool would you use to attach two pieces of wood?

2) A coworker is struggling to get two pieces of wood to stick together.
The coworker asks a laborer how the coworker should attach the two pieces
of wood. The laborer should indicate that the best tool to use to attach
two pieces of wood would be:


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