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

Charlie Wilkinson (
Thu, 16 Jan 1997 14:52:03 -0500 (EST)

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.

Charlie - Member, National Association of Mailing List Lurkers. ;-)

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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