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Systems and Methods for Determining the Validity of an Essay Examination Prompt

Author(s):
Beigman Klebanov, Beata; Kaufer, David; Yeoh, Paul
Patent Issued:
Jun 30, 2020
Patent Number:
10,699,589
Source:
ETS Patent
Document Type:
Patent
Family ID:
54539002
Subject/Key Words:
Patent, Active Patent, Test Validity, Essay Examinations, Essay Prompts

Abstract

Systems and methods are provided for determining whether an examination prompt elicits responses of a type for which the examination prompt is designed. Word types for each of a plurality of words in a plurality of responses to the examination prompt are identified. An evaluation distribution of the identified word types is determined. Predetermined distributions stored on a computer-readable medium associated with a plurality of different response types are accessed, and the evaluation distribution is compared to each of the predetermined distributions to determine which predetermined distribution the evaluation distribution is most similar. A determination is made as to whether the most similar distribution is associated with a same response type as the type for which the examination prompt is designed. An indication is made as to whether the examination prompt is deemed to elicit responses of the type for which the examination prompt is designed.

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