The M.I. program’s test development process is informed by the conviction that the exams must be rigorous and relevant to their respective disciplines. More than 600 SME's & faculty members from all regions of the U.S. contribute to developing the M.I. exams and establishing test standards. Each exam has a standing test development committee that consists of three or four faculty members, each of whom teaches the relevant course and oversees ongoing test development. This committee reviews and shapes exam questions and specifications on a regular basis.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) is primarily responsible for designing, developing, administering, and scoring of all M.I. items. ETS follows a well-documented process that adheres to stringent quality standards. Experienced and trained test writers apply a rigorous methodology to design high-quality and psychometrically sound questions.
The process is supported by scientific validation and empirical evidence at every step, from test development through administration and scoring. Therefore, M.I. exams undergo two dozen reviews and quality assurance tests before they are released for public use.
Test development standards comply with the standards recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE).
The first step in the construction of a M.I. exam is a curriculum survey, which provides test developers with information about current college curricula in specific subject areas and recent trends in the field. This is used to develop test content specifications. The surveys are conducted approximately every five years, depending on the discipline.
Specifically, our curriculum surveys gather the following information:
McAfee Institute faculty are indispensable in the Exam development process. Exam development begins with test development committees, comprising three or four faculty members, from two- and four-year institutions, currently teaching relevant undergraduate college courses.
Test development committee members receive training in writing and reviewing psychometrically sound examination questions. Their work is guided by ETS assessment specialists and psychometricians who generate and analyze statistics and data on the exams, maintain databases of items and previous exams and assist the committee in preparing new test forms (versions).
If you’re interested in serving on a test development committee, or if you'd like to recommend someone from your institution, please contact us for more information.