The role of text and item characteristics in predicting reading comprehension difficulty A study on low stakes exams

2013-05-23
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of text features and item characteristics on reading comprehension difficulty. To explore the impact of text features on readability and the agreement between human raters’ and SourceRater3’ rankings of readability, four different texts were ranked by 6 human raters and SourceRater3. The results indicated that human raters and SourceRater3 did not agree on their rankings of readability and prioritized different variables as indicators of text difficulty. To examine the effects of item characteristics, an item analysis of the midterm and the final exams was conducted by analysing data from 213 students from 9 different sections at Middle East Technical University (METU). The data analysis revealed that item characteristics accounted for a significant amount of explained variance. The study has implications for test writers and further research in testing.

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Citation Formats
Y. Akel and H. H. Kızılcık, “The role of text and item characteristics in predicting reading comprehension difficulty A study on low stakes exams,” presented at the EALTA SIG Conference, 23 May 2013, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/87603.