[IPAC-List] Item and Test writing

Lance Seberhagen sebe at rcn.com
Sun Aug 30 16:27:17 EDT 2020

Face validity does not necessarily increase reading level.  One picture is worth 1,000 words.  Use short paragraphs, short sentences, short words, & plain English.  Provide a generous time limit.  That said, face validity is not always needed to make a reliable, valid, & fair test when applicants are expected to have limited reading skills. 

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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 skills.


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


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


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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