Psychometric challenges in developing a college admission test for Jordan

Mousa Alnabhan, Michael Harwell

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In 1998, the Jordanian Council of Higher Education authorized the construction of a standardized aptitude test that would be used to assist colleges and universities in admissions decisions. This paper reports the results of a study that examined whether test items were operating as desired and path analyses that explored predictors of student performance for a highly selective sample of Jordanian students. Item analyses indicated that thirty percent of the items showed inadequate discrimination or inappropriate difficulty levels, and an additional nineteen percent of the items showed evidence of differential item functioning attributable to sex. The path analyses indicated that the strongest predictors of performance emerged for female students and included parental educational level and whether students attended a government-sponsored school or a private school. For males, the same predictive relationships were negligible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-458
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001


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