What is Adaptive Testing?

Computer Adaptive testing (CAT)

Computer Adaptive testing (CAT) is a form of testing where the difficulty of questions is adjusted according to the answers provided by the test taker. This means that if a person does well on the test, questions become more difficult and if they do not perform well, the questions become easier. Adaptive testing is effective because it helps to provide an accurate assessment of a person’s knowledge, skills and abilities by adapting to their performance. This type of testing also saves time as it can be completed in a shorter amount of time than traditional tests as it adjusts to the test taker’s level.

Section-wise adaptive testing is a form of computerized testing in which the difficulty of the questions presented to the test taker is based on their responses to previous questions. This type of testing is used to assess a student’s understanding of a particular subject area, as well as their overall knowledge and ability.

Question-wise adaptive testing is a similar form of computerized testing, but differs in that the difficulty level of each question is determined by the test taker’s response to the previous question. This type of testing allows for more interactive assessment and can help better identify areas of strength and weakness in a student’s knowledge base.

For colleges, the use of sectional adaptive testing allows for more precise evaluation of applicants’ abilities. This can help them in making more informed admissions decisions and in identifying students who are well-suited for their programs.

Adaptive Testing for GRE and GMAT

In GRE, there are three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. Of these, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning are section-level adaptive.

In GMAT, there are four sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning and Essay. The question-wise computer testing applies to Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. 

Quizky’s adaptive testing engine simulates GRE and GMAT adaptive testing. It uses a combination of both section-wise and question-wise adaptive testing to ensure that you get the most out of your practice sessions.

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