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April 06, 2004

Computer-based Testing On Increase

The Japan Institute for Educational Measurement (JIEM), part of the Obunsha Group, recently announced that the number of people who have taken its computer-based English test has passed the 100,000 mark. The CASEC (Computerized Assessment System for English Communication) test began in 2002. The last year saw a doubling in the number of institutions using the test, including 133 companies, 40 universities and 27 junior and senior high schools. From this spring, it is being used by such prestigious schools as Waseda and Aoyama Gakuin Universities. The test costs ¥3,500.

According to JIEM, there are two types of computer based testing (CBT): first and second generation. First generation tests are basically computerized versions of standard paper tests. Second generation tests, such as CASEC and TOEFL, include measures to prevent cheating or the leaking of test questions, have shorter testing time and use Item Response Theory to make tests more adaptive to individual examinees, what is called a Computerized Adaptive Test.
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