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FastTest PC Test Development System

FastTest PC is a program that runs on a single PC. If you need a web-based system that is accessible from anywhere, please consider FastTEST Web, a comprehensive internet-based system for item banking, test assembly, online or paper test delivery, results management, statistical analysis, and reporting. Visit our FastTEST Web site for complete information and a free 30-day trial.

FastTest PC Overview

FastTest PC is a 32-bit Windows item banker and test assembly system for creating and managing tests, surveys, and questionnaires to be delivered by paper-and-pencil or by third-party testing centers. Designed with user-friendliness in mind, FastTest PC is nevertheless the world's most advanced item banking and test development system. It also serves as the item banker and test development system for the FastTEST Professional Testing System, which delivers electronic tests, surveys, and questionnaires including computerized adaptive tests (CATs) using items response theory (IRT). FastTest PC and FastTEST Pro are multilingual - they will work with any installed 32-bit Windows font, including right-to-left languages, such as Arabic and Hebrew!

Major Features of FastTest PC

  • A completely new interface includes a Navigation Panel that give you instant access to all of FastTest's main functions, as well as navigation buttons that move you easily among all open windows.
  • You can create different workspaces with item banks and tests for different users or projects.
  • Within a workspace you can create as many item banks as you desire with an unlimited number of items in each bank.
  • The Item Banker includes a full-featured word processor that allows you use all Windows fonts, special characters, and most types of graphics files.
  • A wide range of useful information can be entered for each item.
  • Several options for easily assembling tests.
  • Extensive item and bank search capabilities help you efficiently create instruments that meet your needs.
  • Random item selection capabilities help you create tests with random subsets of items within bank categories or across categories.
  • Easily create as many scrambled alternate forms of a test as you need.
  • If your item banks include item statistics - conventional, item response theory, or your own item statistics - you can monitor the statistical and psychometric characteristics of your tests as you assemble them.
  • View IRT item functions for the items in your bank
  • View IRT test information (and other) functions as you build your test to assemble tests to have information functions that meet your needs.
  • Instantly obtain a complete report on the item statistics of your test.
  • You have complete control over the printed characteristics of your tests.

Workspaces

Workspaces are where you keep your banks, tests, and items.

  • You can have as many workspaces as you like.
  • You can create separate workspaces for different users, different projects, different classes, or different applications.
  • You can have a separate password on each workspace.
  • Workspace files are encrypted for your protection.
  • How you define your workspaces is entirely up to you.
  • You can freely move items across banks within a workspace and move entire sections of banks (categories and/or subcategories) both within and between banks.
  • If you later determine that you want to move item banks or tests that you have created from those banks between workspaces, export/import utilities are provided

Item Banks

  • The Item Banker Window is a multi-panel window that is designed for easy access to your banks, the items in the banks, and all the information on each item.
  • You can have as many banks as you like, with as many items as you need in each bank.
  • You can work with a single item bank open or with multiple banks, allowing you to easily build tests that span banks.
  • FastTEST's item banks are designed to accommodate hierarchical structures so that your banks can reflect the structure of a curriculum, the needs of large item banking projects, or any other application for which structured item banks are useful.
  • You can create banks that are up to 12 or more levels deep, with multiple categories at each level.
  • You can place items in any category of the hierarchical bank structure.
  • Items can be freely moved (by drag-and-drop) among the categories within a bank or between banks within a workspace.
  • Bank categories (including all the items in them and subcategories below them) can also be moved both within and between banks by drag-and-drop.

Item Banker

  • When you select an item in the Item List, a complete preview of the item is available in the Item Preview Panel immediately below the Item List.
  • Using that panel you can preview (but not edit) the item text and all other information on the selected item (except its usage history in previous tests) by clicking on the tabs for the various categories of information.
  • The Item Editor holds item description, keywords, text, scoring information, statistics and notes on each item.
  • Each type of information is easily selected by clicking on the tabs for each item.
  • Almost all item information is searchable, separately or in combination.
  • If you have a test open, add an item to it with the click of your mouse
  • Select multiple items and add them with a single click.
  • Easily copy all the information on an item to create a duplicate for editing.
  • Items can be protected or locked from further editing to insure that they cannot be changed, by protecting/locking a test in which they have appeared.
  • If you have a test open, add an item to it with a click of your mouse
  • Select multiple items and add them with a single click.
  • Easily copy all the information on an item to create a duplicate for editing.
  • Items can be protected or locked from further editing to insure that they cannot be changed, by protecting/locking a test in which they have appeared.

Item Identifier Tab

  • Provides for
    • an item identifier (e.g., item number)
    • a brief item description
    • keywords
    • all fields can be searched in the process of building tests.
  • Displays a complete list of the use of the item in existing tests.


Item Text

  • FastTest's text editor is a standard Windows word processing editor with the functions you need to create items with whatever format you desire.
  • When you create a test from your items, they will appear exactly as they are entered, including all special characters, formatting, and graphics.
  • You can enter item text (and graphics) in three ways:
    • Enter and format your text directly in FastTest's Item Editor
    • Import text from RTF files created by another application
    • Copy and paste item text through the Windows clipboard.
  • Easily insert in-line graphics
  • Inserted graphics can be copied, aligned, and resized
  • Insert special characters into your items, using any Windows fonts that are available on your computer.
  • Insert a single special character or a string using a single font.
  • Set a default set of font preferences for all of your items, and easily change those default values at any time.
  • Includes a complete spell checker with selection of dictionaries

    Item Information Tab

    Includes fields for the following information

    • Item's Author (searchable)
    • Item Source (searchable)
    • Date item was created (searchable)
    • Scoring information




    • Type of item response
      • Multiple-choice (up to 9 responses)
      • Multiple-response (up to 9 responses)
      • Survey (up to 9 responses)
      • True/false
      • Free response
      • Instructional
    • Specify if the item is to be scored
      • The number of answers
      • Correct or keyed answers
      • Whether the answer is alphabetic (A, B, C, ) or numeric (1, 2, 3, ).

    Statistics Tab

    The Statistics tab is where you record item statistics on your items

    • Classical item difficulty (proportion correct)
    • Classical item discrimination (item-total point-biserial or biserial correlations)
    • Item response theory (IRT) parameter estimates for the 1-, 2-, or 3-parameter dichotomous IRT models
    • Two fields for other user-defined statistics
    • All fields are searchable in ranges
    • For IRT models
      • The point and value of maximum information is calculated and displayed
      • Optional publication quality graphic displays of IRT functions
      • Graphics can be printed or saved as files
      • Data values for these graphics (at 121 values of theta) can be saved or printed

    Notes Tab

    • A large open window for any additional information you want about an item.
    • Has limited editing and font formatting capability (copy, cut, paste, and undo) to facilitate use of the stored information.

    Save or Print All the Information on an Item

    • Obtain a complete record of all the information available on an item for archival or other purposes.
    • Print or save as a file all information in a concise formatted document.
    • Save the report as either an RTF file or a text file.

    Assembling Tests

    • Select items by browsing or searching: Powerful and extensive item search capabilities automate the test development process
      • Search an entire workspace (which might include several unrelated banks)
      • Or select the portions of the bank you want to search
      • Search for phrase match on: Item identifier, Keywords, Description, Author , Source
      • Search numerical fields in ranges
      • Search for combinations (conjunctions) of any of these criteria in a single search
      • Implement additive ("or") searches with single or combined criteria
      • For text-based search fields perform "or" searches within fields
    • Easily insert all found items or a subset
    • Randomly select items for your test

    Examine the psychometric characteristics of your test as it is being assembled!

    • If you have entered IRT parameters, view publication quality graphics of
      • Test information function
      • Test standard error of measurement function
      • Test response function
      • Save the graphics as files or print them
      • Save the numerical values from which the graphic is plotted as a file or print them
      • Easily import the data values into other software for further analysis or plotting
      • As you add new items to the test (or delete them) the IRT functions and associated files are automatically updated

    Examine the Statistical Characteristics of Your Test

    • View distributional statistics on the items in a test as you assemble it.
    • Monitor the statistical characteristics of your test items as select items for your test: All statistics and displays are automatically updated as you add or delete items from your test.
    • You can view item statistics for
      • IRT item parameters (a, b and c)
      • Classical/conventional item statistics (difficulty and discrimination)
      • Two fields of user-defined statistics
    • View item statistics for all the items in your test
      • A single mouse click provides a complete report
      • Each item is listed with its statistical values
      • If IRT parameters are available, the report includes maximum information and point of maximum information
      • Plus means, SDs, minimum and maximum for each statistic
      • Report can be printed or saved as a file
      • File can be easily imported into other software for further analysis
      • The same report can be used to list all item data for a bank or portions of a bank

    Easily Reorder the Items in Your Test and Create Alternate Forms

    • Reorder the items in your test randomly or manually
    • Either method can be used to make scrambled alternate forms of a test
    • Repeat either method as many times as you like for any test to create any number of scrambled alternate forms

    Tests Can be Protected/Locked to Maintain Their Integrity

    • Locked tests cannot be changed
    • All items in the test are protected from further modification
    • Item order in the test cannot be changed
    • All item information, including item text, is frozen
    • Locked items can be copied into a new item, and that item can be modified

    List All the Items In a Test

    • Save the list as a file or print it
    • Test list includes
      • Test and bank identification
      • For each item,
        • The item number in the test
        • The item identifier
        • The item description you entered for each item
        • The date the item was added to the test
        • Its full path in the item bank
        • Its unique item number in the bank

    Export Any of All Item Information to a File

    • You can easily create a report of the information in selected (or all) item bank fields for the items in any open test. This report is in RTF format, each item separated by a line of asterisks. The report can be saved as a file or printed. With a few mouse clicks you can use easily use this report to obtain a listing of information in the item fields for all or selected portions an item bank (or multiple banks), by creating a temporary test with those items, obtaining this report for the fields that you desire, then deleting the test.

    You Have Complete Control Over the Format of Your Printed Test

    • Add
      • Headers and footers with
        • TESTNAME (variable)
        • TESTDATE (variable)
        • Whatever text you want
        • Place all entries where you want them
      • Space between items
      • Page breaks.
    • Answer key is optionally printed at the end of the test
    • Output an optional answer key file for use with future versions of our Item and Test Analysis Package
    • Preview your printed test and change
      • Margins
      • Paper size
      • Print orientation (portrait or landscape)
    • Select your printer and printer options
    • Or save your test as an RTF file for further formatting in your word processor, or to send to a printer for typesetting or duplicating

    System Requirements

    Windows NT, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
    Note: To run installer on Windows Vista or Windows 7, right click installer and select 'Run As Administrator.'

    FastTEST and Electronic Testing

    To use FastTEST to deliver a wide variety of electronic tests, surveys, and questionnaires on personal computers, see the FastTEST Professional Testing System. To deliver via the web, visit www.fasttestweb.com.

    Licenses

    FastTest PC licenses are determined by the use of the program.

    Student lab license - Grants are provided to cover costs of our software, allowing students to purchase a full academic license; click here for more information and an application.. Note that the trial version (downloaded below) can also be used as a free student version for 30 days
    Academic ($499 one-time cost) - The program will be used at an accredited college or university for research or teaching purposes only.
    Government($399 per year, or $798 for 3 years) - The program will be used at a governmental organization, or by a school district or college or university for analyzing the data from its testing programs.
    Commercial or Non-profit ($599 per year) - Please let us know how you intend to use the software.

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