Computerized Classification Tests

  • Cynthia G. Parshall
  • Judith A. Spray
  • John C. Kalohn
  • Tim Davey
Part of the Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences book series (SSBS)


The computerized classification test (CCT) is the test-delivery method that provides the best approach to making classification decisions. Some testing programs only require a simple dichotomous categorical decision (such as pass/fail) while others may desire or need multicategorical decisions (e.g., high-pass/pass/fail). Computerized classification tests have been primarily used by certification and licensure organizations that credential professionals for employment in specialized areas (e.g., nuclear medicine technologists, registered dietitians, and registered nurses). These applications of CCT are for programs that are considered high stakes in nature, in that the certification or licensure is required for employment or practice and protection of the public. Most high-stakes programs require reasonably good numbers of examinees to support item pool development and maintenance.


Item Response Theory Latent Class Model Item Pool Test Length Classification Decision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia G. Parshall
    • 1
  • Judith A. Spray
    • 2
  • John C. Kalohn
    • 2
  • Tim Davey
    • 3
  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.ACT, Inc.Iowa CityUSA
  3. 3.Educational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA

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