TitleSome useful cost-benefit criteria for evaluating computer-based test delivery models and systems
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLuecht, RM

Computer-based testing (CBT) is typically implemented using one of three general test delivery models: (1) multiple fixed testing (MFT); (2) computer-adaptive testing (CAT); or (3) multistage testing (MSTs). This article reviews some of the real cost drivers associated with CBT implementation—focusing on item production costs, the costs associated with administering the tests, and system development costs—and elaborates three classes of cost-benefit-related factors useful for evaluating CBT models: (1) real measurement efficiency; (2) testing system performance; and (3) provision for data quality control/assurance.