A standardized test is a test that contains many questions with multiple answers and this can be filled by many test takers all at once. These tests are graded quickly using scanning devices. This type of test is normally conducted to compare different test takers against each other. These tests are conducted to analyze progress in the schools and also to grade students according to their abilities.
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Standardized tests can be taken on computer or on paper. The test taker is normally provided with problems, questions, or statement and they are given with multiple choice answers below to choose. Most of the times, the answers are not straight-forward and the test takers are expected to use some methods or read paragraphs to solve the problem. The students are required to select the best answer and after the allocated test time period, all the answer sheets are collected for scoring.
Some of the great benefits of this testing method are quick grading, very cheap, and analysts can look at different samples of answers at one time. This way, analysts measure the progress of one school by comparing the result with another similar school. This testing procedure is followed to monitor the students’ learning curve, review or modify the existing curriculum in the school, identify different areas of need, and also provide some vital data for the educational research.
Often, teacher promotion and school accreditation rely on the result of this test. Standardized tests are very helpful for the admissions in higher education and the test takers are assessed under the same conditions.