A Cognitive Demand Classification Framework for Credentialing Test Items
Track: Test Development and Administration
In credentialing test development the content domain is typically emphasized over cognitive demand. However, the need for credentialing exams to be demonstrably job related means the higher order thinking requirements of the occupation should be reflected in the test. Unfortunately most volunteer subject matter experts (SMEs) struggle with writing and classifying higher order thinking items. The proposed cognitive demand framework allows SMEs a reasonably quick and simple way to classify items based on recognizable attributes typically associated with higher order thinking. This system allows for a somewhat more objective approach to cognitive demand classification than commonly used verb lists and item templates.