How the ACT is Actually Scored

No matter how difficult a given ACT exam seems, the process of creating that test and every other equivalent form is exponentially more complex, precise, and demanding. Amy and Mike invited ACT Lead Psychometrician Jeffrey Steedle to definitively explain how the ACT is actually scored.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. How is an ACT form crafted?
  2. How does ACT assess item difficulty, and what is the role of the fifth section?
  3. Are the score scales determined before or after a test is administered?
  4. What is the difference between scaling and equating?
  5. How does ACT implement Randomly Equivalent Group Design in the equating process?

MEET OUR GUEST

Jeff Steedle is a lead psychometrician on the Assessment Transformation team at ACT. In that role, he directs the team responsible for statistical analyses for the ACT test and guides research studies related to maintaining measurement quality while making changes to the assessment program. Jeff holds advanced degrees in education, statistics, and educational psychology, and his research interests include assessment validation and motivation on achievement tests.

LINKS

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