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System and Method for Interactive Scoring of Standardized Test Responses (Expired)

Trenholm, Harriet; Zuckerman, Daniel I.
Patent Issued:
May 22, 2001
Patent Number:
ETS Patent
Document Type:
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Subject/Key Words:
Patent, Expired Patent, Hybrid Scoring, Automated Scoring and Natural Language Processing, Interactive Systems, Human Scoring, Database Searching, Computer-Based Scoring


A system and associated method for interactively scoring standardized test responses. The system maintains a database of tests, items that make up the tests, and features that make up the items. A user of the system requests a list of items in the database, and the system responds by presenting a list from which the user selects a plurality of items to be scored. The user selects a scoring mode, and the system scores the selected items according to the selected scoring mode. In an interactive scoring mode, the system scores the features of a selected item and presents to the user the feature scores, as well as an overall item score computed based on these feature scores. The user either accepts the scores as presented, changes one or more feature scores, or changes the overall item score. The system then rescores the item based on the user-entered scores and stores the new score in the database. This process is repeated for the remaining selected items. The user can interrupt one scoring mode and change to another at any time.

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