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  Modern Psychometrics Workshop - 28 April to 2 May, 2011 - Jiaxing (Shanghai), PR China
Introduction to Modern Psychometrics
28 April - 2 May, 2011
Jiaxing, China

ASC is offering a workshop on modern assessment methodology at Jiaxing University, P.R. China, April 28 ?May 2, 2010. The goal of this workshop is to provide a broad introduction to item response theory (IRT) and computerized adaptive testing (CAT). IRT and CAT are sophisticated methodologies that enable testing programs to develop tests that are more accurate and efficient than with classical methods.

The workshop is intended for postgraduate students, lecturers, researchers and assessment professionals working in the fields of education, psychology, certification/licensure testing, training, and human resources. Content will be at an introductory level, with the objective that participants will be able to apply IRT analysis in their own area of work and understand the concepts of CAT. Instruction includes both presentations and hands-on use of sophisticated software for analyzing assessments.

The workshop will be taught by Dr. Nathan A. Thompson, Ph.D., Vice President of ASC and adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati. It is held in association with the College of Foreign Studies, Jiaxing University. Jiaxing is located just outside Shanghai, P.R. China, conveniently accessible from across Asia. An attendance certificate will be issued to each person that attends.


Day 1: Item response theory (IRT)
  • Rationale
  • Models (dichotomous and polytomous) and their response functions
  • Theta estimation
  • General concepts of item parameter estimation
  • How to do an IRT analysis (Xcalibre)
  • Item and test information and their uses in test assembly
  • Linking, equating, and scaling (IRTEQ)
  • Differential item functioning
  • Comparison of IRT to CTT
Day 2: Computerized adaptive testing (CAT)
  • Basic principles of CAT (the five components: item pool, starting point, item selection algorithm, theta estimation, termination criteria)
  • Benefits of CAT
  • CAT for point estimates of ability vs. classification (pass/fail)
  • Practical constraints: test length, content balancing, item exposure
  • Monte carlo simulation and post-hoc (and hybrid) simulation in CAT research and design
Day 3: Implementation, including IRT calibration, item banking, and CAT
  • Classical item analysis: Iteman 4
  • Dichotomous IRT calibration: Xcalibre 4
  • Polytomous IRT: PARSCALE
  • Item banking: FastTEST 2.0
  • Form assembly: IRT Form Building Tool
  • CAT simulations: CATSim
  • CAT delivery: FastTEST Pro and FastTEST Web
  • How to perform CAT research
  • How to develop a CAT testing program
Day 4: Optional trip to visit old town of Xi Tang (not included in registration fee)


Regular (Private/Commercial): $450 for 3 days or $200 per day
Academic/Government: $350 for 3 days or $150 per day
Student*: $200 for 3 days or $75 per day
*Scholarships available

Cost includes registration, software, PowerPoint slides, tea breaks, and lunches. It does not include lodging or transportation. Also included are 4-month licenses of landmark ASC software (Iteman 4, Xcalibre 4, CATSim) as well as full versions of the IRT DIF Tool and IRT Scoring and Graphing Tool. In total, this represents approximately $400 worth of software.

A limited number of graduate student scholarships to fully cover the registration fee are available through the Applied Psychological Measurement Inc. Graduate Student Grants Program; please email Prof. David Weiss for an application.

Cancellations requested prior to April 20, 2011 will be refunded subject to a $25 processing fee. Cancellations on or after April 25 will be accepted only for extenuating and unavoidable circumstances and will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.


For directions and transportation to the venue, please click on the link to the venue website here. If you have questions about logistics, such as the workshop location, please contact Prof. John Zhang Quan (qzhang141 [at] at Jiaxing University. If you have any other questions about the workshop or registration, please email the ASC order desk.


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