Testing methodologies

NCAP utilizes modern technology to deliver all assessment protocols. There are two types of test, Computer adaptive test and linear test.

Computer Adaptive Testing – (CAT)

A core feature of Computer Adaptive Testing CAT is that they are customized for each student for a more accurate measurement for every student. To accomplish this, the computer-based test adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment based on the student’s response. If a student answers a question correctly, the next question will be harder; if a student answers incorrectly, the next question will be easier. This system is called computer adaptive testing, and it is part of the summative (end-of-year) assessments.

Benefits of CAT

By adapting to the student during test time, CAT assessments provide a set of questions that is individually tailored to each student and can quickly identify which skills students have mastered. This approach represents a significant improvement over old-fashioned, fill in the bubble, paper-and-pencil assessments used in many states today, providing more accurate scores for all students.

  • More efficient and more secure: Computer-adaptive tests are typically shorter than paper-and-pencil assessments because fewer questions are required to accurately determine each student’s score. The assessments draw from a large bank of questions, and because students receive different questions based on their responses, test questions are more secure and can be used for a longer period of time.
  • More accurate: CAT offers teachers and schools a more accurate way to evaluate student achievement, readiness for college and careers, and growth over time.
  • Faster Results: Computerized assessments allow teachers, principals, and parents to receive results in weeks, not months. Faster results mean that teachers can use the information from optional interim assessments throughout the school year to differentiate instruction and better meet the individual needs of their students.