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Designing and Developing a Multistage Test in a High-Stakes Situation
Computerized multistage tests adapt the test to the student’s ability. All students take the same, or a very similar, first stage module. After this initial module, one of the modules available for the second stage is selected based on the student’s previous responses. These follow-up modules differ in difficulty. Test developers need to make many decisions during the test development process about the design of a multistage test. Several design choices are discussed in the paper in the context of high-stakes testing, with choices that can be made about the configuration of multistage tests, reporting, and test assembly discussed in more detail. The discussion of these decision choices aims at providing practical guidance for test developers who want to design and develop a high-stakes multistage test.