Item Distiller: Text Retrieval for Computer-Assisted Test Item Creation

Author(s):
Higgins, Derrick
Publication Year:
2007
Report Number:
RM-07-05
Source:
ETS Research Memorandum
Document Type:
Report
Page Count:
17
Subject/Key Words:
Information Retrieval Item Modeling Item Creation Item Distiller Grammar Automated Scoring and Natural Language Processing

Abstract

This paper describes Item Distiller, a tool developed at ETS to aid in the creation of sentence-based items. Item Distiller enables users to search for sentences that contain specific words, phrases, or grammatical constructions, so that these sentences can be edited to produce finished items. This approach to test authoring is both more efficient than writing items from scratch and more principled, due to its links to item modeling.

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