How are the questions for major standardised examinations set?
July 3, 2014 6:57 PM Subscribe
I would like to know how the questions for major standardised examinations are set. What are some resources which I should be looking at? Could you recommend some articles or books or blogs which talk about how examination questions for a large-scale exam are written? (I prefer the written format, but if there is a particularly informative podcast or documentary I am also open to listening or watching it.)
I am not very picky about which large-scale standardised examinations they are, or which time frame this refers to. I'm fine with things like SATs, gao kao, O-levels, A-levels, Korea's college scholastic ability test, and Chinese imperial exams as long as the papers are fairly standardised and there is extant information about how the questions were set.
Here are some examples of the things I would like to know, if it helps.
Who and what entities are involved in this process (how are they picked?)
How the whole process goes - from thinking of questions to finished paper
Timeframe and time limits
Considerations while setting questions, and review process if any
Exam format (and maybe a bit of history related to the format?)
Weird facts which aren't apparent when considering the issue on a surface level