Re: TestBet, was: Internet Resources for/about at-risk Youth

Arie Dirkzwager (
Fri, 17 Jan 1997 13:47:51 +0100 (MET)

At 14:52 16-01-97 -0500, Charlie wrote:
>Sounds great Arie! What would be _really_ spiffy is if you could put
>the demo on a web or FTP site for downloading! ...just a suggestion.

At the moment I'd rather have control were it goes and keep in touch
with the people who are exploring the possibilities with TestBet in their
actual (school)situation.


>I believe it was Arie Dirkzwager who once said:
>> I developed an interactive (computer based) testing method called
>> "TestBet" as a mathematically/psychometrically sound alternative to Multiple
>> Choice. No forced guessing when you don't know. It teaches realistic
>> self-assessment as an aside ("personal effectiveness": disencourageing
>> unwarranted certainty and recognizing what you *really* know), it enhances
>> studying for perfect and sure knowledge (not for the superficial sloppy
>> knowledge that meets the criteria to pass a MC-test), and give for each
>> individual on each item exact diagnostic information on the "state of
>> knowledge" on a continuous scale of measurement: from "serious fallacy" up
>> to "perfectly known", not just the MC dichotomy of "good" (may be guessed
>> good) vs. "wrong" (either consciously "unknown" or thinking it was right and
>> holding a serious fallacy).

>> I could send a free demo to anyone interested when you give me your
>> surface mail address.
>> Arie
>> Prof.Dr.A.Dirkzwager,
>> Educational Instrumentation Technology,
>> Computers in Education.
>> Huizerweg 62,
>> 1402 AE Bussum,
>> The Netherlands.
>> voice: x31-35-6933258
>> FAX: x31-35-6930762
>> E-mail:
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