Cognitive Modeling of Individual Responses in Test Design

  • Victor L. Willson
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


This chapter proposes a model for test design that breaks with classical psychometric traditions, although it is consistent with the general orientation of the general linear model paradigm of representation in social science. The model is based on cognitive theory principles and includes the assumption that any test must be designed formally to consider task structure and information processes. Another assumption is that cognitive theory is fundamentally always representative of each individual, and that there is always the potential for separate, unique individual responses to the test that should be modeled. The following sections of the chapter develop the theses and present both theory and example of such test development.


Reading Comprehension Cognitive Modeling Test Design Word Identification Analogical Reasoning 
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  • Victor L. Willson
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  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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