How do I determine if a test is reliable for my situation?
Before you select a test, you’ll want to think about your program, your needs, and the resources you have.
- Is this a high-stakes test for the student? If so, it is especially important that the test gives consistent results each time.
- Do students often contest their results? Then it may be especially important to find a test whose reliability information has been published in the test manual or professional journal articles.
- Do you have very few staff for scoring or even double-scoring the same test? Then you may want to choose a test with objective responses that can be scored quickly and reliably by a person or machine.