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An Inquiry into the Nature of the Sentence-Completion Task: Implications for Item Generation GREB GRE

Sheehan, Kathleen M.; Mislevy, Robert J.
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ETS Research Report
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Graduate Record Examinations Board, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Cognitive Modeling, Verbal Reasoning Assessment, Difficulty Prediction, Automated Scoring and Natural Language Processing


(a) the mental representations constructed by students during the process of item solving, (b) procedures for determining the subsets of item words that are actually considered by students during the process of item solving, and (c) approaches for predicting the operating characteristics of items when multiple solution strategies are possible. These findings will facilitate subsequent efforts to write new test items that target specific difficulty levels and to create performance summaries that are indicative of students' strengths and weaknesses.

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