Computer Psychometrics

Computer Psychometrics
   Problems and Benefits of Computer Testing
   The computer is changing most aspects of [psychological] testing, bringing benefits and costs. Automation of test administration and interpretation is gaining ground, although it tends to reduce interaction between assessor and examinee-with consequent impoverishment of information on both sides. Supplying computer-generated "self-interpreting" reports to clients seems likely to invite misunderstanding, and to encourage overreliance on the test as authority. Persons not qualified as test interpreters are writing software for start-up companies in the field; the risks are obvious. On the positive side, if the computer is kept in an adjunct role it reduces testing costs, and its reports stimulate thought in the professional interpreter. Adaptive testing is paying off, and we are beginning to see new tasks, resembling video arcade displays, which have obvious potential. (Cronbach, 1990, p. xxiii)

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