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Comparability of Paper-and-Pencil and Computer Adaptive Test Scores on the GRE General Test CAT GRE PPT

Schaeffer, Gary A.; Bridgeman, Brent; Golub-Smith, Marna L.; Lewis, Charles; Potenza, Maria T.; Steffen, Manfred
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ETS Research Report
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Graduate Record Examinations Board, General Test (GRE), Scoring, GRE Computer Adaptive Test, Computer Assisted Testing, Test Taking Behavior, Scores, Paper and Pencil Tests (PPT)


A new psychometrically defensible CAT scoring method, called proportional scoring, was developed in which it is to the examinees' advantage, in terms of maximizing their scores, to carefully consider and answer as many items as they can. The proportional scoring method has been implemented in the operational GRE CAT program, and it is believed that this scoring method will result in CAT scores that are comparable to P&P scores. GRE CAT scores will continue to be closely monitored.

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